The March 12th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Long and Green make case for bench jobs, Hamilton could be back Sunday and much more...
The Story: Matt Long is emerging as a dark horse to earn a roster spot.
The Monkey Says: This isn't just Long having a hot spring. He has been productive his entire minor league career. He does a lot of thing well, making him a more well-rounded and versatile outfield option than Shuck or Cowgill. It still seems like the team prefers Shuck to Long, but he might be able to change their mind if he keeps up this torrid play.
The Story: Grant Green is making a case to be the utility infielder for the Angels.
The Monkey Says: I don't see why the Angels can't keep Green and either Romine or McDonald. I also wouldn't mind them having Green work in the outfield some too so that he can become a superutility player. Understandably, they want Green to focus on the infield first to make sure he gets those down pat before extending him further, but giving him more outfield experience would give the Halos a very flexible bench.