Author Archives: Ryan W. Krol

About Ryan W. Krol

Managing Editor of LA Angels Insider

Huston Street Injured… Again!

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In his first outing, Huston Street exited before he could complete one inning with what the Angels were calling triceps irritation. Turns out it was a lat strain. The top closer candidate for the Halos bullpen has not seen action on a mound in any game since last August when he was battling knee and oblique injuries. With only 22… Read more »

Angels Not Likely to Acquire Derek Norris

The issue is salary. Washington Nationals catcher Derek Norris is pretty much ousted by the club’s signing of Matt Wieters. And the Angels are on a short list of likely trade destinations. But with a $4.2 million dollar paycheck, and a decline in the scruffy catcher’s production (.186/.255/.328 in 2016), Billy Eppler and company are nervous about making a deal…. Read more »

Angels Starting Lineup Taking Shape

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This is a photo from Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register showing that Mike Scioscia is pretty close to finishing his preferred batting order. All he needs is for Albert Pujols to return. The Martin Maldonado/Carlos Perez battle will have a winner soon. But one has to imagine they’ll end up splitting the time nearly down the middle. Batting… Read more »

Andrew Bailey Didn’t Know He Was a Free Agent!

Eight years after making his Major League debut, reliever Andrew Bailey went into the offseason expecting another arbitration. The former World Champion with the 2013 Red Sox had signed a minor league deal with the Angels last August, and was ending his run of 43 2/3 strong innings in the club’s merry-go-round of a bullpen. And right at the end of September, the right-hander had finally… Read more »

Matt Wieters Will Not Be an Angel

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UPDATE, February 21, 2017: Matt Wieters is not going to be an Angel. Sorry to those who wanted him here. But Scott Boras got what he wanted. The colorful agent got his switch-hitting catcher signed to a two-year, $21 million dollar deal with the Washington Nationals on Tuesday morning. That was way too much for Wieters, and would not have been a… Read more »

Hardball Retrospective and the “Original” 1993 Angels

There are a handful of Angels teams that were really good but came up short of the playoffs, and some that should have been way better than they were. When discussing the former I point immediately to the 1989 squad that went 91-71 but still finished third in a pre-Wildcard/seven team AL West. When it comes to the latter, the… Read more »

Garrett Richards Back In Action

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After his first sessions in Tempe, Arizona, Garrett Richards said he is feeling normal and is ready for another spring. Once headed for Tommy John Surgery, the Angels ace has undergone several stem cell injections that have helped his UCL in his throwing arm to heal in place of the procedure that would’ve kept the righty out until 2018. But now,… Read more »

Angels Acquire Austin Adams

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In a move that puzzled Angels fans last week, the club went out and got reliever Austin Adams from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. The part that confused many was where right-hander Deolis Guerra was designated for assignment, went unclaimed despite a 3.21 ERA in 53 1/3 innings for the Halos in… Read more »

Angels Sign Yusmeiro Petit

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The bullpen situation has been the one thing on everyone’s minds despite the insane offseason the Angels have had. The club signed Yusmeiro Petit to a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training. Should he make the squad, the deal comes with a $2.25 million dollar base salary with an additional $1.25 million in incentives. Petit was once a big… Read more »

Angels Sign Dustin Ackley

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UPDATE, February 7: Terms are $2.25 million, and $1.4MM in incentives if he makes the club. So it’s that time of the offseason again, where teams start stocking up on minor league deals with the hope of getting a valuable performance for cheap and perhaps being a key piece or trade bait during the season. Well, the Angels signing Dustin Ackley… Read more »