Daily Links for the LA Angels including the agent who stole from Kendry Morales gets charged with grand theft, Scioscia not worried about Rodney (yet), figuring out what to do with Mark Trumbo and much more...no comments
Doomsday is on the horizon for Angel fans as the reports of Kendry Morales' recovery continue to get gloomier and gloomier. The team is trying to stay positive, but those pesky "reporters" and "journalists" are making it hard to believe what the Angel management is telling us. So what do you believe? Is Morales going to be ready to start the season or will the worst fears of Angel fans come true?
Time to vote!
Erick Aybar entered last season as a franchise cornerstone, but after a disappointing 2010 campaign, Aybar's future is now very much up in the air. Can he get back in the organization's good graces or will he force the team to seek an upgrade at shortstop?
2010 Stats: 534 AB, .253 AVG, .306 OBP, .330 SLG, 69 R, 5 HR, 29 RBI, 22 SB
2011 ZiPS Projections: 492 AB, .270 AVG, .318 OBP, .366 SLG, 67 R, 5 HR, 43 RBI, 17 SB
2011 Bill James Projections: 508 AB, .274 AVG, .320 OBP, .366 SLG, 71 R, 5 HR, 45 RBI, 19 SB
2011 Marcel Projections: 499 AB, .277 AVG, .326 OBP, .379 SLG, 67 R, 6 HR, 46 RBI, 16 SB
2011 MWaH Projections*: 515 AB, .268 AVG, .316 OBP, .365 SLG, 62 R, 6 HR, 53 RBI, 25 SB
*The MWaH projections are simply my best guess based off my own personal opinion and research
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Angels looking to trade for a lefty bat, Morales' chances of being ready to start the season dwindling, Kazmir showing progress and much more...
As an Angel fan, one is expected to carry a seething rage towards Scott Boras. We all know who he is, the man who cheated the Angels out of Mark Teixiera and Adrian Beltre, possibly Jered Weaver and Kendry Morales in the near future. With the two young stars free agency looming in the near future one can only wonder what kind of master plan Boras is cooking up to screw over the Angels. It is almost as if this man has made it his life's mission to publicly shame and dismantle the Angels franchise, but I can confidently tell you that he has failed miserably. You ask why? I'm going to need you to suspend your sense of disbelief untill the end of this sentence, because Scott Boras has put together the pieces the Angels need to win that elusive 2nd World Series title.
Has this man really put together the pieces the Angels needed to make a spectacular playoff run?
Or am I just a secret Boras lover?
Since I launched this site back in 2009, Monkeywithahalo.com has been a one-man show. That is about to change. Later today marks the debut of our new writer, Ryan Falla, who you might know from the comments section of the blog. Ryan will be contributing a weekly column every Friday afternoon (starting later today, so stay tuned) as well as helping out with game previews and recaps. But enough from me, why not let Ryan introduce himself:
There you have it. As I said, Ryan will be making posting his first column later today, so please be sure to give him a warm welcome since I imagine this is probably going to be the exact day that Ryan's life peaks.
Also, not to detract from Ryan's shining moment, but I am open to taking on more writers still. Specifically, I am hoping to find people local to each Angel farm team who can regularly attend games and provide weekly prospect reports. So, if any of you poor saps are stuck living in Utah, Arkansas, Iowa or any place less awesome than Southern California, shoot me an email.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Santana makes his spring debut, Walden on the closer's track, the Angels payroll officially checks in at $138 million and much more...