The October 4th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Haren open to re-signing at a reduced price, mutual interest in Iannetta coming back to Anaheim, Dipoto doesn't regret waiting to promote Mike Trout and much more...
The Monkey Says: It seems Haren feels a bit guilty about his performance this season and wants to atone for it. It is also a a smart move by him to try and rebuild some value before hitting the market again in 2014. How much less he is willing to take would be interesting since he is already going to receive a $3.5 million buyout by having his option declined. Some other team can surely come in and make him a nice offer that the Angels might not want to match since it is on top of what he already is getting from them. I suspect there will be a mutual interest here though, possibly even resulting in a one-year deal with some sort of option for 2014.
The Monkey Says: Iannetta probably performed too well to just allow his option to be picked up, so a long-term deal seems more likely. Frankly, the Angels would be stupid to let him go since there is no real other option to replace him via free agency and there does not seem to be any faith in Hank Conger within the organization to step into a starting role either.
The Monkey Says: I tend to agree given the circumstances at the time. besides, there is no real evidence to suggest that 20 more games of Trout would've somehow save the Angels from missing out on the playoffs.
The Monkey Says: He's going to look real good in a Royals uniform next season. Blue really brings out his eyes.
The Monkey Says: Confirming pretty much everything that we already knew and/or suspected. Way to play your cards close to the vest, Jerry.
The Monkey Says: Failure? No. Disappointment? Definitely. It is all a matter of degrees. Progress was made this season, just not enough, unfortunately.
The Monkey Says: Yup, it was all the pitching's fault and only part of it was predictable. I know that the mantra is that relievers are a commodity, but I'm not really of the mind that the Halos can just reload with some generic relievers this off-season and hope for the best. They need to make at least some kind of major play in that area to try and give themselves a higher degree of confidence in the relief corps next season.
The Monkey Says: No season would be complete without Simers casting baseless aspersions at ownership just for the sake of being a dick.
The Monkey Says: Here's the thing about that, player comps don't matter much in this one race. MVP voting is all about narrative and as fun as Trout's story is, a large faction of writers just won't be able to stop drooling over the Triple Crown and the perception that Cabrera has been underappreciated until now. Trout should be the MVP, but I have almost no doubt that Miggy will win the award now.
The Monkey Says: It is amazing that their was so much parity in the division with the Angels, A's and Rangers all winning the division five times a piece and the Mariners winning it four times. GIven how baseball has evolved in these last two decades, I have a hard time imagining that we will see a similar spead of division crowns over the next wo decades. Then again, the A's did just figure out a way to upset the Rangers despite being vastly outclassed in terms of resources by both Texas and the Halos.
The Monkey Says: Not by me. I am disappointed the Angels didn't give him a September call-up to see if he could be a replacement for Alberto Callaspo next season. His free-swinging ways probably damned him in the eyes of Dipoto, but he has some talent that deserves to be explored even if he doesn't fit the "control the strike zone" mold.
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I'm thinking $5MM for Haren would be about right for the Angels. This would leave him as a target for other teams as mentioned above. Still, it might behoove him to stay in a plus pitcher's park in an area he's familiar with. We'll have to hope Oakland can't scrape the shekels together to sign him. Again.
The Ianetta/Conger combination sounds much better to me than anything including the names Wilson and Hester.
I know it's just a counting stat, like the Pirates getting above .500, but 90 wins would have sounded so much better than 89. Playing well and losing to other teams is one thing but playing poorly and not being able to beat the Sisters Of Mercy? That's a disappointing season that leaves a bad aftertaste.
With no minor league trade bait they will be stuck dipping into the Generic Reliever Pool. No way around it without trading Morales. Maybe Wells could get one of those generic relievers in return but if they have to pay $20MM of his annual salary what's the point? Also, we have to hope Eddie Bane is able to wreak the same havoc on the Red Sox he did on the Angels. I know there are people out there who want to defend Eddie except that, you know, scoreboard works against you.
And those warm, humid mid-west nights should help Big Erv reach his unstated goal of 50 HR's allowed.