The March 14th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Aybar steps up extension negotiations, Morales experiencing calf tightness, Haren dominates Arizona and much more...
The Monkey Says: Haren fanned seven in just three innings of work. Alexi Amarista also homered as he continues his stellar spring. Depending on how many pitchers the Angels carry or if Abreu gets traded, Alexi has a real chance at winning a bench spot out of camp or maybe even convincing the Angels to trade Maicer Izturis at some point.
The Monkey Says: Nice to see that they are giving it one last good try. And I do mean last try. These two sides have already taken a few runs at extension talks, so it is hard to imagine them ever reaching an agreement if they don't do it now. With as impressive as Jean Segura has looked this spring, it will be curious to see if the Halos are still eager to lock Aybar up long-term.
The Monkey Says: This is supposed to not be of any concern, but considering Morales' history, I don't think any physical problems he has can be considered "to not be of any concern." It is encouraging though that the Angels still expect him to resume activity on Wednesday after taking Tuesday off.
The Monkey Says: I'd still rather he be focusing on making his slider a more effective pitch, but the changeup can give him more options early in the count so that he doesn't have to rely on his fastball so much.
The Monkey Says: Van Mil looked awful in camp and was even willing to admit it. He is an older prospect but given his relative inexperience, he is considered to still be an unfinished product. He really has fallen out of the good graces of the front office though, so he is going to need a big year in the minors to get back on the radar for ever being a part of the Angel bullpen.
The Monkey Says: I've never had Chronic Tacos, so I don't know if this is a good thing. I do know Jack in the Box and the only thing I can say about them is JUMBACO!
The Monkey Says: Bowden is probably right, but to pass this judgment after Mark getting all of one week to play the position in live ballgames seems incredibly premature. His idea of letting Trumbo spend some time in the minors is one I fully endorse but he is correct in his assumption that the Angels won't do it because it will be hard to justify demoting a player coming off a 29 home run season. It upsets me greatly to agree with anything Jim Bowden says.
The Monkey Says: It seems like a lot of the advice he is getting is pretty logical and simple, which makes it even more of a shame that Tony Reagins never had the foresight to acquire a veteran mentor for Walden last season when he was learning to close on the job.
The Monkey Says: Which they admit is pretty meaningless since nobody on earth knows how to project Kendrys Morales in 2012.
The Monkey Says: This is a wonderful piece on Wood and I do truly hope that things work out for him on some level, but I think every Angel knows that Wood performing well in spring training means absolutely nothing.
The Story: Kevin Jepsen is starting to return to form.
The Monkey Says: Having his velocity back is great, but the bigger concern for him is his control. He couldn't hit the broadside of his own giant head last season, lest anyone forget about the intentional walk wild pitch he threw to lose a game in extra innings last season.
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Chronic Tacos are the best tacos I've ever had, no doubt. They aren't fast food either, which is cool.
Even without Morales DHing 10th seems too high a rating. That would assume Abreu is able to maintain his high walk rate and resists the urge to swing at a pitch (OBP! OBP!). 'Cause when he's been swinging this spring the results ain't too awful good. And not just the end result, that swing takes place in slow motion.
Quick comment before I start my Wednesday, right now, unless some seriously attractive trades get mentioned, I am 100%, categorically against any move that takes Trumbo out of our lineup. ..period end of story. The potential of what a 3-4-5 of Pujols, Morales & Trumbo could do is just an opportunity that is too good to miss out on. If Trumbo can't handle the 5, perhaps Hunter or a resurgent Wells can but right now that 3-4-5 combo is our best power lineup option.
@Rick K. My friend, you speak as if Abreu is breaking camp w/the team. Having BA in the lineup is the opposite of productive. I know his being on the team may be inevitable but a man has to dream right?
Just watching the replay of the game on MLB this morning. Amarista had a solid first inning line drive single to go along with that home run but then decided to make a Callaspo and got picked off standing flat-footed. Brilliant, make Alberto Callaspo your base running mentor. Credit where credit is due, Callaspo pounded one pretty good for a double to drive in BA, who just dribbled one through the right side. I don't think it rolled all the way to the right fielder. It was the right choice to hold Callaspo at third on Trumbo's single, the guy is station to station and should probably be Super Glued to the base to prevent being picked off. Coulda, shoulda, woulda been a better first inning, the double play cures many ills.