The May 8th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Weaver progressing, Madson could be back in a week, what the Angels would do without Scioscia and much more...
The Monkey Says: It sounds like Weaver is still a few weeks away, but he is at least making progress.
The Monkey Says: At this point, I'm pretty sure you know the drill as far as expectations with Madson, so hoping that he could be activated in a week seems pretty foolish and maybe even like they are rushing him. I'm sure that will work out well.
The Monkey Says: I left this part out in my recent piece because it felt a little gauche to pick a replacement when he hadn't really been fired. Enough people have brought it up though, so I guess I'll address it. The big problems with firing Scioscia early in the season and hoping to get back into contention is that you need a real manager, not just some interim guy to hold down the fort. That also means a mostly new coaching staff. What gets tricky about that is the hiring pool is limited for all positions since so many people are gainfully employed with major or minor league teams right now. If it were me, I'd either promote Tim Bogar and fill out the staff with other pieces within the organization or hire a free agent like Manny Acta to come in. Neither seem like the right fit though, which is what makes this such a tough decision. I guess I'd probably go with Bogar since you could hang an interim label on him and then just replace him at the end of the year if things don't work out.J
The Monkey Says: Kindly note that in this piece hitting coach Jim Eppard is credited with adjusting his stance, which has led to a recent hit streak from Trout. I forgot what it was like to have a hitting coach that isn't completely incompetent.
The Monkey Says: I wonder who he could be talking about? Jaffe hits on something here that I have been wondering about. So many young stars get signed to extensions before they ever hit the open market nowadays. It seems that the only players who reach free agency are either old or have serious red flags or both. My theory here is basically that any high level player that a team allows to hit free agency is being allowed to do so because their old team knows something about them that scared them off, so other teams should probably be scared too.
The Monkey Says: A fire sale like this just doesn't work. The Angels are going to want to contend again in 2014. Trading for prospects that are years away and other roster filler makes them a 65-win team in 2014. Next year's free agent crop is pretty poor, so the Halos can't reload that way. Besides, we've all seen how well that works. If the Angels do end up making trades, it will have to be for major league ready prospects or they can wait until the off-season and try and work out swaps of established players. Good luck with all that.
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