Daily Links for the LA Angels including handicapping the Angels' third base competition, Napoli agrees to a contract with the Rangers, the Halos had the worst off-season in baseball and much more...
Who says you can't come home again? At least that is what some Angel fans are hoping for in regards to Vladimir Guerrero, who is still a free agent. The Angels gladly kicked him to the curb after 2009, but it seems that a solid season in Texas could convince them to change their minds. The question is should it? Vlad put up some good numbers in Texas, but had a rough second half to the season as his bat continued to look slow. What is a team to do? Sounds like a great question for this week's poll: should the Angels bring back Vladimir Guerrero?
Time to vote!
Thanks to the trade machinations of Tony Reagins, the Angels now have the distinct honor of having four different natural center fielders on their payroll (with only three on the actual roster, thanks again, Gary Matthews, you useless sack of crap). Due to this stroke of genius(?), one of the hottest topics when Spring Training starts in a few weeks is who will be the Angels' starting center fielder come Opening Day? This is a complicated debate for many, but to me the answer is simple: Peter Bourjos or bust.
Catches like this alone should make sure Peter gets the job.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Trout and others invited to training camp, Adam Kennedy busted for DUI, the Angels should sign Vladimir Guerrero and much more...no comments
I know it has been almost a weeks since the Angels traded for Vernon Wells, but I still can't get over the $86 milion left on his contract and I know I am not alone. That $86 million just seems like such a mind boggling number that I just can't put it out of my mind. Anytime I think about it, all I can think of is all of the other ways that much money could have been spent. Hopefully I can have my fun with this now and get it out of my system so I can stop dwelling on this mountain of money the Angels just committed to their new left fielder.
OK, maybe swimming in the money would have been a worse way for the Angels to use $86 million.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including the Angels formally introduce Vernon Wells, Weaver in talks for a contract extension, Law says Halos have the sixth-best farm system and much more...no comments
The Vernon Wells trade may seem like a failure to the general public, but if you ask Tony Reagins, he probably views the deal as a smashing success because of all the bullet points it knocks off his post-season checklist:
Big splash? Check, even if the splash made everyone wet and uncomfortable.
Big bat? Check, assuming Wells doesn't continue his trend of alternating good and bad seasons.
Find a new left fielder who can actually field? Check, or at least we hope so.
Show that Arte Moreno is willing to spend big money? Check, check and then check about 86 million more times.
Acquiring a leadoff hitter so the revamped middle of the order actually has somebody to drive in? Ummmm... oh, crap. I knew we forgot something. D'oh!!!
Another painful year of Aybar manning the leadoff spot? Say it ain't so!!!