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Luis Valbuena Out 4-6 Weeks

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The Angels will be without one of their newest additions until early May. Infielder Luis Valbuena suffered a grade one hamstring strain on Wednesday during Spring Training game against the Texas Rangers and will start the 2017 regular season on the disabled list. The injury is the same one that took him out of last season, and eventually had his surgery on…. 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 »

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 »

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 »

Angels Sign Bud Norris

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  After making a boat load of moves this offseason to fill obvious holes on the position player end, plus one pitcher, the Angels switched back to the pitching side with this: Source: Angels have signed Bud Norris to a minor league deal. He'll compete for a rotation spot in spring training. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 30, 2017 Norris… Read more »

Pujols’ Status Fueling Offseason Activity

The Angels have gone nuts this offseason and many have wondered exactly why. Some say it’s because they’re trying to contend again when they should be rebuilding. Others think it’s simply because a lot of money fell off the books, and there was simply room to fill holes. Both are valid points to a degree. The latter tends to be… Read more »

Angels Sign Eric Young, Jr.

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Right on the heels of finalizing a two-year deal with Luis Valbuena, the Angels signed Eric Young, Jr. to a minor league deal on Tuesday with an invite to the Big Club’s Spring Training. The 31-year old outfielder hits lefty, has a .246/.314/.327 career slash line, and averages 42 stolen bases every 650 plate appearances. Young, 31, has only been… Read more »