Daily Links for the LA Angels including Beltre close to joining the Rangers, the Halos have raw materials, the top Angel prospects for 2011 and much more...no comments
Daily Links for the LA Angels including the Rangers might be bluffing on Beltre, Figgins as a potential Beltre fallback plan, the Angels continue to be forcibly linked to Soriano and center and much more...
The Monkey Says: I've been saying this for weeks, but it definitely carries a lot more weight when it comes from a beat writer for the Rangers. Sullivan was actually the one (if I recall correctly) that even broke the news that Cliff Lee was leaving for Philadelphia, so he really seems to know what he is talking about.
The Monkey Says: This article seems awfully familiar, or maybe it is just the idea. Bringing back Figgy isn't the worst idea, but that shouldn't be on the table until Beltre signs elsewhere. Frankly, I don't even know if Seattle would be interested in dealing with the Angels nor do I know if the Halos would really be willing to take on the remainder of Chone's slightly ugly contract.
The Monkey Says: This is a highly popular exercise around the interwebs and it seems everyone keeps coming to the same conclusion that the Angels really are the most obvious, and possibly only, landing spot for Beltre.
The Story: The market for Rafael Soriano.
The Monkey Says: Once again the Angels are listed as a good match for Soriano even though there is no real evidence that they have even talked to Soriano yet. If they do want Rafael, don't expect it to happen until after the Beltre negotiations are resolved as Boras represents both players and I can't imagine the Reagins want to fight a two-front war with the devil himself.
The Story: The best Angel photos of 2010.
The Monkey Says: The term "best" is used loosely since a pic of Kendry Morales crumpled to the ground holding his broken leg is included and that definitely isn't one of my "best" memories.
Earlier today, we recapped the 10 best highlights of the Angels' 2010 year. But let's be honest, this last year pretty much sucked. Let's try and get a little closure on the year by recapping the worst of the worst and get them out of our system once and for all.
Let's get this over with and turn the calendar on 2010 once and for all.
As 2010 comes to an end, we are contractually obligated by Father Time to take a look back at the year that was for the Angels... even if we would prefer not to. To try and keep things positive, lets keep this trip down memory lane confined strictly to the top 10 highlights for the Angels in 2010.
2010 wasn't the Angels' year, but that doesn't mean we can't try and remember it fondly.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including the Athletics pull out of the Beltre bidding, FanHouse names Trout Prospect of the Year and abritration cases are about to take front and center...
The Monkey Says: Many are tagging this as evidence that the Angels are back in the lead of the Beltre sweepstakes, but I never actually believed they fell out of first place. The A's had already spent quite a bit of money this off-season, so it didn't seem likely that they had enough money for Beltre remaining anyhow. The only real hope here is that the public withdrawal of one suitor will somehow expedite Beltre finally making a decision.
The Monkey Says: Trout has gone totally mainstream. All Angel fans were excited for him before 2010, but now the whole world is going to be watching him in 2011. Let's see if he is up to the challenge or if he starts to cave under the pressure like Brandon Wood did.
The Monkey Says: The arbitration process is set to begin pretty soon, and once it does, we might actually see the Angels get more active since they will have a little firmer grasp on what their payroll is going to be set at going into the season. The most intriguing cases will be Jered Weaver, coming off a career season, and Kendry Morales, who had monster numbers in 2009 but a major injury in 2010, who are both Scott Boras clients. Yep, this incredibly slow news cycle is about to get much-needed kick in the pants.
I promise you, Arte Moreno and Tony Reagins are not holding me at gunpoint as write the following article. With that disclaimer out of the way, I'm going to go ahead and say something that might make some heads explode. Yes, the Angels have done pretty much nothing this off-season, but they actually might get better by, wait for it... stop cringing... you know its coming... by looking within for help.
Still with me? Nobody passed out from blind rage? I swear, I'm totally serious. We all know the Angels have several holes in their roster and that the free agent market is perilously thin, but there might actually be a chance that the Halos can improve significantly without adding a single new position player (not that I'm advising that). With the right mix of bounceback seasons and some youngsters stepping up, the Angels could be back in the playoffs in 2011.
I reiterate, this article was written under my own free will with no imminent threat on my life.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Rangers confirm their interest in Beltre, Callaspo might be a viable option at third base (or not), unfinished off-season business in the AL West and much more...
The Monkey Says: I had formerly believed that the Rangers' interest in Beltre was fabricated by Scott Boras, but now either Texas is playing along to jack up the price on the Angels or they are now formally throwing their hat into the ring for Beltre. I still believe the former is the most likely case, but the latter is at least in play now.
The Monkey Says: That is actually a great question, because Callaspo seemed like a solid pick up at first last season before he pretty much tanked in Anaheim. However, even at his best, Callaspo is nothing close to an All-Star or a vital part of the lineup. He should still fit well in Scioscia' style of play, but he might be best suited as a superutility player. One option that could also come to pass is the Angels installing Callaspo at second base with Howie Kendrick being traded as part of a package to land an impact bat.
The Monkey Says: Thanks, I hadn't been beaten over the head with that enough. At least the Mariners still have a lot of holes left to fill. I guess that should make me feel better... but it doesn't.
The Monkey Says: Ummm, isn't the appeal of the Winter Classic seeing the guys play outside in the, you know, cold? I know 52 degrees is cold by SoCal standards, but that really isn't what the NHL has in mind.