The December 12th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels could sign Ibanez soon, Garza their top priority and much more...
The Monkey Says: He might even be signed by the time you read this. Dipoto works fast. However, at the time of this writing, Dipoto claims he isn't close on any deals. Still, Ibanez was listed as a top target for them the second they traded Trumbo. They want a relatively cheap lefty DH and Ibanez should be just that. He actually was more productive that Trumbo last season with a 117 wRC+ (Trumbo was at 106), but a lot of that came from him hitting lefties well again after being abysmal against southpaws the previous two years. At worst, Ibanez is a solid platoon DH, but if signed, he'll probably be more of a full-time player.
The Monkey Says: Again, a lot of people expected this. And again, it could happen very soon as 24 hours ago it was reported that Garza should make a decision in the next 48 hours. There is hot competition for Garza, but if the money is right, the Angels have an advantage over the Twins. Meanwhile, the D'Backs are said to be moving on to focusing on Tanaka. This is shaping up well for the Halos.