The March 23rd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Morales makes his return, Angels seeking a trade for starting pitching, Jerome Williams hopes to return to action on Monday and much more...
The Monkey Says: You couldn't ask for much more from K-Mo. He had two singles, got to hit from both sides of the plate, ran the bases and even slid. He'll be in the lineup for one of the split-squad games again today.
The Monkey Says: The Halos have options at fifth starter, but none are that great so adding some more low-cost depth can't hurt. I'm not sure who their targets might be at this point, but once teams get close to having to figure out what to do with some of their out-of-options players the rumors should really start heating up.
The Monkey Says: This still means he is one rotation turn behind schedule based on Mike Scioscia's comments from earlier in the spring. Whether or not Sosh sticks to that proclamation remains to be seen, but given the rumor in the news item above, the Angels may not be willing to wait on Williams.
The Monkey Says: This comment comes off as mildly racist for anyone who is over-sensitive or ignorant baseball-wise to the uninformed. As the analysis in the post shows, there are a lot of similarities in the Japanese pitchers that have come to MLB, so I don't think he should be raked over the coals. I also think we should probably reserve judgment as to whether or not his comments are off-base relating to Yu Darvish until we actually see how Yu pitches in the big leagues. He'll probably be wrong, but everyone said Dice-K was going to be different and that didn't work out too well, did it?
The Monkey Says: I think this might be a veiled attempt to troll Angel fans, but it contains animated GIFs... and I just can't resist animated GIFs.
The Monkey Says: Read Scioscia's quotes, it sure sounds like he is starting to lose patience with Abreu. And who could blame him? Bobby spent weeks before training camp complaining about his role and then showed up in Tempe out of shape and immediately began mailing it in every game. One month ago I didn't think him getting released was an option, but it is definitely on the table now.
The Monkey Says: The Angels aren't admitting to it, but they clearly are. This is just stupid. The Rangers have all seen the Angel pitchers before, except for Wilson really. Hiding Darvish makes a little more sense since he is such an unknown, but these teams both have legions of scouts, so the mystery won't last long. Frankly, I think they both just like tweaking each other.
The Monkey Says: Here is the thing, I think that the true answer is $0. A 20-year contract is crazy risky for the Angels unless Trout were to offer it up at a substantial discount, and if he were to make such an offer, he wouldn't be doing it to give the Angels that kind of discount.
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Mark Saxon might be a little head of himself stating that Morales was "all the way back" the other day. I wasn't aware that game counted in the standings but very nice he had a home run yesterday.
And MLBTR just posted an article that the Angels were in the lead in the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes. Is that really necessary? On the plus side, it would make them extra-tough and allow Garrett Richards another year in the minors to work on his game. I think he showed he can become a usable starter this spring and the extra development would be good for him. On the minus side, I'm all caught up in Jerome-y Williams fever. Uh oh, I'm out on the ledge.
Poor Torii. His bad luck to be living in the new, PC America. Doesn't he know you're not allowed to make ANY sort of generality anymore, no matter how weighted your experience might be? Never mind that EVERYBODY makes personal decisions every day based upon their own experiences and, dare I say it? Generalities. They may be statistically apocryphal but they are our experiences so we trust them more than we might if we heard the same stories from other people. Even if the other people, like Torii, have more experience in an area than we could ever hope to have. It's too bad that the expression, "This is America, you're allowed to have your own opinion" is dead and buried. If you say it out loud it's almost a hate crime, another new rule I'll never understand. If you murder someone and it's a hate crime, what? You get double secret probation? Enforce the existing penalties, of which there should be none for having "your own opinion".