The October 25th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout named Baseball America Player of the Year, player arbitration projections and much more...
The Monkey Says: Trout is going to clean up with all of these non-mainstream awards yet I doubt he'll even get as many MVP votes from the BBWAA as he did last season.
The Monkey Says: Hanson is definitely going to get non-tendered. Williams could get non-tendered as well unless he is willing to take a contract for essentially the same as he made last season. Nelson and Gutierrez will be non-tendered as well, but it is possible that they could both be immediately re-signed to minor league deals with invitations to training camp. The real tough case is Jepsen. He isn't set to earn much, but he has been so unreliable that the Angels may not want to give him a guaranteed contract. Then again, Scioscia seems to like him, so maybe they'll roll the dice on him again.
The Monkey Says: The projections are a bit weird, but it basically shakes out to Vargas likely getting a two-year, $21 million contract. I had always pegged Vargas for three years, $30 million, so that sounds about right if you assume the market will be a little worried about his shoulder blood clot. The thing is that the $10-11 million average annual value is right on the border of whether or not the Halos should offer Vargas a qualifying offer. If they really want to keep him, I think they should, but it would be a risk.
The Monkey Says: Vargas checks in at #2 right behind.... Scott Kazmir. Is this real life?
The Story: The off-season outlook for the LA Angels.
The Monkey Says: A pretty spot on summary, though I don't think the spending limits of the Angels are quite what everyone seems to think they are. Money isn't unlimited, but it isn't very tight either.
The Story: C.J. Wilson's 2013 season in review.
The Monkey Says: C.J. Wilson, really the one high-priced talent on the roster who actually performed like he was supposed to.
The Monkey Says: Camouflage uniforms? Hell yeah, 'Merica! I'm pretty sure that having your fielders hidden by camouflage is cheating though.
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I've never been a big fan of Real Tree or the old Woodland camo they chose to use on their caps and I don't like the LR logo (It's too much fodder for bad "left & right" jokes; How does a Travs player know which batters box to get in?) but I'm definitely in on the Alternate red cap w/stallion. I'd love to see "arid" and "foliage" A-TACs caps with the stallion logo. Heck, I'd take Subdued Urban or ACU, ACU must be looking for new outlets after getting dumped by the military and before they become generic like Digital Woodland did to MARPAT. And why no camo jerseys? I guess I can understand if the best they can do is Real Tree. C'mon A-TACs! Daddy needs a Travs jersey to wear when they play at Hammons Field!