The December 31st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Dipoto won't comment on Tanaka pursuit, Ibanez talks about coming to Anaheim and much more...
The Monkey Says: That he is clamming up instead of giving us the traditional vague Dipoto-speak suggests to me that the Halos are going to hard after Tanaka and not just make a solid offer that fits within their budget and hope for the best.
The Monkey Says: Some guys don't see the ball well against the rockpile, but it apparently works well for Ibanez. That sample of his career numbers in Anaheim are still meaningless to me, but him having confidence about hitting in the Big A certainly can't hurt.
The Monkey Says: Instead he says he just stunk, whcih doesn't give me confidence, especially when you consider his big drop in contact rate in 2013. I know sometimes these guys are just saying the right thing and not wanting to make an excuse, but sometimes I really wish they would just take the excuse. This is one of those times.
The Monkey Says: Which is precisely why I don't think the Angels will get him. Some team like the Yankees, Dodgers or Cubs could just throw a ridiculous offer at him, even if it is a wild overpay. Granted, Arte Moreno has a recent history of being the owner to make that offer, but I just don't see it happening this time around.
The Monkey Says: The legacy of Eddie Bane will never be forgotten.
The Story: New Year's resolutions for every MLB team.
The Monkey Says: Kind of hard to argue with the suggestion for the Angels.
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No, Arte should hold onto his money to make a run at Trout. He won't get him but he should look like he's making his best (futile) effort.
Oh, look! A story about a blind squirrel and his nuts! While I was reading this story yesterday I was struck by the thought that an important caveat was overlooked: Except for Trout, this draft could still easily end up being mediocre. By which I mean that, yeah, they could all wear major league uniforms and that's better than most drafts. But young pitching is so volatile and, assuming they all stick in the majors, this list of pitchers could become a bunch of unremarkable 3-4 guys or even relievers. I certainly see that in the tea leaves for Richards. And Eddie has a long list of draftees who weren't good enough to even be MLB relievers so maybe the point is that this draft was good *by comparison* to the average Bane draft.
I was hoping for big things from Grichuk (meaning major league starting ability) but he's having a little bit of trouble putting it together. Oh, well.
Hey! At least he still has the two gimmees, Weaver and Trout, on his resume´!
Feels like a deal where Arte will authorize a huge offer and give Tanaka 48 hours to accept or decline.