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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 »

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

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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 »

Angels Sign Luis Valbuena

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Update, January 24: The deal has been finalized. It’ll be for two years at $15 million. Valbuena will receive $6.5 million in 2017 and $8.5 million in 2018. A mutual option is attached for 2019 with a $200,000 dollar buyout. And in case fans are wondering, the Angels are now $12 million under the luxury tax. The corresponding move was… Read more »