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Angels Jerry Dipoto Resigns, Bill Stoneman Named Interim GM

Just four games behind the Houston Astros heading into Wednesday night’s clash with the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Angels remain legitimate contenders for the American League West title. They will try to overtake the Astros with an interim general manager after Jerry Dipoto resigned and was replaced by baseball front office veteran Bill Stoneman. According to multiple media reports, Dipoto and Angels manager Mike Scioscia were involved in a power struggle and could no longer co-exist. That struggle centered around an unwillingness from... 
 

Angels Acquire Rays Matt Joyce For Kevin Jepsen

The Los Angeles Angels and Tampa Bays agreed to a trade that will send fan favorite Matt Joyce to the west coast for reliever Kevin Jepsen. Joyce, who was an All-Star in 2011, spent six of his seven seasons in the majors with Tampa Bay coming to the Rays in a trade with the Detroit Tigers. He will join Los Angeles with a .250/.342/.441/.783 slash line in 725 career games. “Matt was an important part of this team for the last six seasons. We appreciate his many contributions to the Rays on the field, and the professionalism he brought to... 
 

Royals Down A’s in Wild Card Thriller, Advance to Play Angels

The Kansas City Royals downed the Oakland Athletics in a thriller Tuesday night, and will advance to play the Los Angeles Angels in the Divisional Series. This 12 inning affair featured 28 hits, 17 runs, and two big comebacks by the Royals. Catcher Salvador Perez provided the biggest hit, a single to left that scored Christian Colon from second, giving Kansas City a walkoff victory. With ace pitchers Jon Lester and James Shields taking the hill, conventional wisdom suggested this would be a low scoring game. However, the A’s struck early... 
 

AL MVP Candidates: Mike Trout Leads Deep Angels Lineup

Photo By Keith Allison Following a four game sweep of the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Angels own a commanding 4.5 game lead in the American League West with 26 games to play. A season-ending injury to ace pitcher Garrett Richards has not slowed the Angels down. While the Angels are lacking in pitching depth, their lineup is stacked from top to bottom. A familiar face, Mike Trout, has been the star of the show for Los Angeles. After posting consecutive seasons of at least +10 fWAR in his age-20 and 21 seasons, Trout is having another phenomenal... 
 

Los Angeles Angels’ Garrett Richards Emerges as an Ace

Entering play on Monday, the Los Angeles Angels are locked in a tie with the Oakland Athletics for the best record in the American League East and all of baseball. Mike Trout captures most of the headlines for the Angels, and the 23 year-old is the best player in baseball. A huge reason for the Angels success has been the dominant performance of 26 year-old right-hander Garrett Richards. Richards has always possessed elite fastball velocity. Prior to this season, his fastball has averaged just under 95 miles per hour. However, over his first... 
 

Padres Set To Trade Huston Street to Angels

The Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with the San Diego Padres on a six-player trade that will send All-Star closer Huston Street to the Angels. The trade is pending all players involved passing physicals. The Padres will receive second baseman Taylor Lindsey, right-hander R.J. Alvarez, shortstop Jose Rondon and another minor leaguer from the Angels. Street has 24 saves to go with a 1.09 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP this season with San Diego and saved 33 games with a 2.70 ERA in 2013. The Angels swapped closers with the Pittsburgh Pirates... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Angels Seeking Pitching Help

After a disappointing 2013 season where they finished 78-84, the Los Angeles Angels are sitting at 55-37, the second best record in baseball. Unfortunately for them, the best record in baseball belongs to the Oakland Athletics, who control first place in the American League West. Nevertheless, the Angels are all but locks for a playoff berth. Their corps of position players, most notably Mike Trout, leads baseball in fWAR. The Angels starting pitching has been solid as well. Flamethrowing right-hander Garrett Richards has been nothing short of... 
 

Jason Grilli, Ernesto Fieri Swapped In Change of Scenery Deal

The Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates traded closers Jason Grilli and Ernesto Fieri in a move that both teams hope will help both players. Grilli had served as the Pirates’ primary closing option for most of the past two seasons before being removed from the role recently. After a solid 2013 season, 33 saves, Grilli struggled with his command this season, and was 0-2 with a 4.87 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances and lost his job to Mark Melancon last week after blowing 4 of his 15 save opportunities. Pirates General Manager Neal Huntingdon... 
 

Mike Trout Continues to be Amazing

Photo By Keith Allison Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. He’s been the best in the game since 2012, when the 20 year old produced an incredible 10 fWAR despite spending the first 20 games of the season in the minor leagues. Trout backed that up with another 10 win season in 2013. While Troy Tulowitzki is having a phenomenal 2014 season, Trout has matched him in the WAR column, and is primed for his third straight season of 10 WAR. It’s clear Trout has made some changes to his game in 2014. He’s... 
 

Josh Hamilton Reaping Rewards of Disciplined Approach

While Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton had to leave Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners with a thumb injury, the 32 year-old is off to an outstanding start. Through the Angels first eight games, he’s hit an astounding .444/.545/.741. Sure it’s only eight games into the season, but Hamilton has already amassed 0.7 fWAR, which is as much as he produced in the first half of last season. What is perhaps more significant than the ridiculous slash line is that Hamilton has already drawn five unintentional walks... 
 

Three Teams That Could Be Turnaround Stories in 2014

Nearly every year, a team that wasn’t a contender the previous year comes out of the woodwork and surprises everybody by making the playoffs. Last season it was the Cleveland Indians who improved from 68-94 to 92-70, and claimed a Wild Card berth. The previous year the Baltimore Orioles surprised pundits by putting together their first winning season since 1997, and vaulting their way to the Wild Card playoff with a 93-69 record. The Boston Red Sox made a huge turnaround from a 69 win 2012 season to win 97 regular season games and the... 
 

Angels Reach Agreement With Raul Ibanez on One-year Deal

Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with 41-year-old free-agent Raul Ibanez  on a one-year deal worth $2.75 million. The deal is incentive laden and could be worth a total of $5 million to Ibanez should those incentives be reached. Ibanez smacked 29 home runs for the Mariners last season while hitting  .242/.306/.487.  Interestedly only five of those home runs came in the second half of the season. The Angels are banking on Ibanez  producing like he did in the first half of 2013 and hope Ibanez can help replace some of the power lost... 
 

3 Way Trade With White Sox, Angels Sends Trumbo To D-Backs

The Los Angeles Angels,  Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox have completed a three-way trade that will send Mark Trumbo to Arizona, centerfielder Adam Eaton to Chicago and pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago to Anaheim. Arizona will also be receiving two players to be named later. Trumbo, 27, hit .234/.294/.453 (109 OPS+) with 34 home runs in 2013. He’s hit 95 homers over the last three seasons. Eaton is a 25-year-old outfielder who batted .254/.332/.373 in 380 major-league plate appearances  that will become the White Sox... 
 

Angels Look For Pitching Without Trading Mark Trumbo

The Los Angeles Angels are looking to add two starters to a rotation that includes Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards, and if GM Jerry Dipoto has his way trading Mark Trumbo won’t be a part of that process. The Angels have about $15 million under the  $189 million luxury tax threshold to spend,  but heading into next week’s winter meetings in Orlando, Florida . Expect teams to call about Trumbo anyway. “I wouldn’t even say we’re willing to trade Mark,” Dipoto said, shooting down speculation... 
 

St. Louis Cardinals Send David Freese to Angels in Four Player Trade

The St. Louis Cardinals sent former World Series MVP third baseman David Freese and pitcher Fernando Salas to the Los Angeles Angels for center fielder Peter Bourjos and outfielder Randal Grichuk. Freese, who was an All-Star in 2012 and was named the World Series MVP in 2011, hit .262 with nine home runs, 60 RBI and a .721 OPS in 138 games this past season and had spent his entire five-year career with the Cardinals. Bourjos, in his fourth season, only played in 55 games because of a wrist fracture and hit .274 with three home runs and 12... 
 
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