The September 18th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels scouting Masahiro Tanaka, Scioscia confident he will return and much more...
The Monkey Says: This is an exciting development as the Halos have uniformly punted on international free agents the last few years. Of course, just about everyone will be in on Tanaka, so they have a lot of work to do when it comes to landing the young ace.
The Monkey Says: I hope that is not the case, not because I dislike Scioscia, but because replacing Dipoto seems like it will do a lot more damage in the long run. Alas, all the tea leaves suggest that Scioscia will stay and Dipoto will get canned, even if it defies logic.
The Monkey Says: Scioscia pretty much takes a dump on him here. He is as good as non-tendered.
The Story: Chris Nelson has been activated from the DL.
The Monkey Says: Finally, our long national nightmare is over.
The Monkey Says: Calhoun? Maybe. Shuck? No way. Shuck has exceeded expectations, but he is still just a reserve outfielder and MLB front offices are too smart to think he is anything more than that even if parts of the fan base aren't.
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Why not just keep both Shuck AND Calhoun? I'd like to see the starting outfield as envisioned at the beginning of the season. Bourjos has too much talent to give up on; many players get past the injury stage of their career to become pretty valuable players. As much as I like the Calhoun story (and he is in my Scots clan), he may just turn out to be our Sam Fuld. That would still be a pretty darn good 4th outfielder. Shuck can be stashed at 3A, I don't care if I ever see him again. If Calhoun shows consistency and Bourjos continues to be bitten by the injury bug THEN you can trade him. Neither is at a point where you will get optimal return on them and having Richards start (and I emphasize *start*) to come around reduces the SP trade pressure, I would think, by quite a bit.
You know what would be fun? Write an article on if the Angels really missed Torii Hunter all that much. His numbers are down across the board and even his renowned defense is off; the reason for this might be deduced from the dramatic reduction in steals, he's OLD. All in all, WAR doesn't have him as much of an improvement over...Josh Hamilton!? And without next season's potential upside. In fact, he will regress even more. I'll say it again, better a year too soon than a year too late. Great guy, thanks for all you did.