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Albert Pujols New Home Run Leader for Foreign-Born Players

Albert Pujols continues to hit towering home runs and in doing so records continue to fall. The veteran slugger for the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday slugged a three-run homer giving him 610 for his career, and snapping a eighth-place tie for career home runs with Sammy Sosa, while becoming the all-time home run leader in Major League Baseball for players born outside the United States. The home run Pujols hit Tuesday to set the record was the 19th of the season for the Angels’ slugger. Following the game, Pujols called the home run special, saying... 
 

Mike Trout Returns from Injury With Single and Stole Base

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was never comfortable during his 39 games recovering from a thumb injury. The two-time American League MVP is happy to have returned to action with close to half the regular season left. On Friday night, Trout was in the lineup for the Angels and was 1-for-5 with a single during the third inning. This was the first game the Angels played since the All-Star break that began last Monday. Trout stole second sliding head first apparently with no worries about re-injuring his thumb in the same fashion he originally... 
 

Mike Trout Out Up to Two Months Due to Surgery

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Angels start Mike Trout will have surgery on his left thumb to repair a tear in the UCL and will likely miss up to eight weeks of action. Trout injured the thumb while sliding at second base during an attempt to steal second Sunday afternoon. On Monday, Trout had an MRI that revealed the torn UCL and was put on the Angels disabled list. This is the first time Trout has been placed on the DL in his career. A short time later, Trout, who is 25, decided to have surgery to repair the tear. Mike Scioscia the manager of the Angels... 
 

Ricky Nolasco to Start Opening Day for Angels

Veteran hurler Ricky Nolasco has pitched in close to 300 games in the major leagues. This spring he has pitched very well and because of that he has earned a good spot in the rotation of the Los Angeles Angels. Mike Scioscia the manager of the Angels named the veteran pitcher as the starter on opening day for the Angels after a win of 3-2 over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night. Scioscia said that there were others he could have chosen, but seeing the way he finished the season last year and the way he is pitching this spring, Ricky can handle... 
 

Los Angeles Angels Defense Helps Complete No-Hitter

Los Angeles Angels starter Bud Norris along with seven relievers combined to complete a no-hitter Friday night. Even with strong pitching, the team needed defensive help to pull off the no-hitter. Behind the help of three diving stops on defense in just the ninth inning, the Angels finished off a no-hitter and beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0. Defenders for the Angels made three stellar plays while Abel De Los Santos a 24-year old reliever closed the game. C.J. Cron at first base dived to the right to stab a grounder for the inning’s first out, Shane... 
 

Garrett Richards Returns Without Tommy John Surgery

Early during last season, Garrett Richards suffered a partial tear to his elbow ligament. The ace of the Los Angeles Angels immediately expected he would miss two years of his pitching career. Richards thought he would need Tommy John surgery to repair the tear. On Thursday, he recalled last season after the injury that all he wanted was to get the surgery over with and start rehab. Instead, this week Richards was able to throw his first spring training bullpen session in Tempe. The talented right-hander will head into the 2017 season with big optimism... 
 

Albert Pujols Ties Bonds in 30-Homer Seasons, Gray Sets Record in Colorado

On Saturday, Albert Pujols launched his 590th career home run deep into the night off Pittsburgh’s Francisco Liriano. The home run moved Pujols within just 19 of Sammy Sosa for eighth place on the all-time home run list. The home run for Pujols was notable as well for other reasons. It was No. 30 on the season for the veteran slugger, which gave him 14 seasons with at least 30 home runs. That tied him was Barry Bonds. In addition, Pujols is just one more season of 30 or more homes runs shy of tying Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez for the most all-time... 
 

Albert Pujols Joins Elite Group With Walk-Off Home Run

Albert Pujols the designated hitter for the Los Angeles Angels hit his 12th career walk-off homer on Wednesday, which is the most for any player still active in the Majors. The home run gave the Angels an 8-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics and further notched the reputation of Pujols as one of the best ever clutch hitters in the game. The home run was the 20th career walk-off hit that tied him with David Ortiz the designated hitter for Boston for the most of any hitter since 2000 and the third most since 1969 in the Majors. The all-time walk-off... 
 

Mike Scioscia Protests Game Following Long Dispute

Late Wednesday night, Los Angeles Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia had the official rulebook for Major League Baseball on his desk following the Angels loss to the Kansas City Royals 7-5. Shortly after the media left the clubhouse, Phil Cuzzi the umpire who caused Scioscia to gripe met with the manager of the Angels behind closed doors. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes as the two hashed out a critical play that took place during the seventh inning. The play featured an errant throw by Matt Shoemaker, which may have cost Los Angeles the game... 
 

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... 
 

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers Shut Down Cardinals in NLCS Game 3

Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen shutout the St Louis Cardinals 3- 0 in game 3 of the 2013 NLCS. He became the first Dodger to pitch seven shutout innings in a postseason game since Jerry Reuss in 1981, yielding just three hits. The Dodgers still trail the Cardinals, 2 games to 1 in the best-of-seven series. The left-hander didn’t allow a Cardinals runner past second base. David Freese‘s single to right leading off the fifth was their first hit of the game. St Louis starter Adam Wainwright gave up two runs and six... 
 

Hyun-Jin Ryu Beats New York Mets and Matt Harvey

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead the National League West by 7 1/2 games after rookie left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu outdueled New York Mets ace Matt Harvey and improved to 22-3 in the second half and moved a season-high 19 games over .500. Ryu tossed seven innings of one-run ball, Nick Punto and A.J. Ellis each had two RBIs, and the Dodgers beat Harvey and the Mets, 4-2, at Dodger Stadium to win their seventh game in a row. The Dodgers are 39-8 over their past 47 games, the team’s best 47-game run since 1900, and the best mark for a Major League... 
 

Mike Trout In Favor of Lifetime Bans for PED Users

If Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout had his way baseball players caught using performance enhancing drugs would be banned for baseball – for life. Trout is just the latest union member to speak out about the need for baseball’s ultimate penalty: one strike and you’re out. “To me personally, I think you should be out of the game if you get caught,” Trout told WFAN’s Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton on Monday. “It takes away from the guys that are working hard every day and doing it all-natural.” New York Yankees third baseman... 
 

Jack Clark Fired From Radio Job After PED’s Accusations

Former major-leaguer and current radio host Jack Clark was fired along with his co-host  Kevin Slaten after making allegations about Albert Puljos and Justin Verlander and their involvement with performance enhancing drugs. Clark  began working at WGNU-AM in St. Louis just last week. He based his accusation on conversations he said he had with Chris Mihlfeld, Pujols’ former personal trainer, who worked with the Dodgers when Clark was the team’s hitting coach in 2000. Mihfeld denied that he told Clark that Pujols took PEDs, according... 
 

Peter Bourjos to Return to Angels’ Outfield This Weekend

Peter Bourjos, the speedy center fielder for the Angels, should return this weekend from a hamstring injury which has kept him sidelined since April 29th. The 26-year-old joins Jered Weaver as recent key players to return from injury for Los Angeles, which is currently in the midst of a four game losing streak, eight games under .500 and in third place in the AL West, 11 games behind the Texas Rangers. Bourjos offers elite defense and should take full advantage of his speed in left field with Mike Trout in center and Josh Hamilton in right. Bourjos... 
 

Jered Weaver Set To Return Wednesday Against Dodgers

Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver  is set to come off the disabled list Wednesday and start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Weaver has been out with a fractured left elbow since April 8.  After tossing 75 pitches in an extended spring training game last Wednesday Weaver has been deemed ready to go. ” I think it’s a good place to put Weaver back,” manager Mike Scioscia said. The Angels have been on a hot streak winning their last seven games to move into third place in the American League West.  No official word on who will... 
 

Joe Blanton Earns First Win After 0-7 Start

Los Angeles Angels starter Joe Blanton can sleep a little easier tonight. After an 0-7 start to the season, Blanton picked up his first victory of 2013 in a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. Blanton was solid over 6 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits and striking out one batter. Blanton has struggled this season, coming into Thursday’s contest with a 6.62 ERA in ten starts this season. While he was able to lower his ERA to 6.19, Blanton still boasts a poor 1.87 WHIP and has given up an alarming 93 hits... 
 

C.J. Wilson Dominates Seattle in 7-1 Victory

Coming off of three straight losses, Angels starter C.J. Wilson pitched a dominating game against the Seattle Mariners en route to a 7-1 victory for the Los Angeles Angels. Wilson worked eight innings of one-run baseball, surrendering six hits and striking out 10 batters, while walking a season-low two batters. Wilson has now pitched five straight quality starts and despite three straight losses, the Angels starter has lowered his ERA from 4.04 to 3.38 on the season. In 10 starts this season, Wilson has a 4-3 record and a 60/32 strikeout to walk... 
 

Mike Trout Hits for Cycle in Angels 12-0 Rout of Seattle

Last year’s AL Rookie of the Year and one of the most electrifying young players in the game, Mike Trout hit for the cycle on Tuesday night in a 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels. Trout’s cycle would start with an infield single in the third-inning, followed by an RBI triple to deep right center field in the fourth-inning. In the sixth-inning, Trout scorched a three-run double to left field, increasing the Angels’ lead to 10-0 over the Mariners. With one out in the bottom of the eighth-inning,... 
 

Jered Weaver Could Return Next Week

The Los Angeles Angels are optimistic Jered Weaver, the team’s ace, might return to action next week. Weaver, recovering from an injured elbow, is currently performing well in extended spring training and may not require much of a rehab assignment (if at all) to return to action for the Angels. Fantasy Play: Jered Weaver is an essential factor for the Angels and any fantasy owner who drafted him only to watch as their starting stud lost velocity in April and eventually landed on an extended trip to the DL. If Weaver returns next week, he... 
 

Jered Weaver Set For Rehab Game, June Return Likely

After fracturing his non-pitching arm elbow while dodging a line drive on April 7 against the Texas Rangers, Angels ace Jered Weaver threw a simulated game this past Friday in which he threw 80 pitches over four innings. Weaver suffered no issues or setbacks and is scheduled to start an extended spring training game on Wednesday. Los Angeles will require Weaver to start at least two rehab assignment starts before rejoining the Angels starting rotation. If all goes well, Weaver is set to return to the rotation come early-June. Coming off of a strong... 
 

Alberto Callaspo Homer Lifts Angels Over ChiSox

The Los Angeles Angels outlasted the Chicago White Sox in an offensive slug-fest, highlighted by a five-run seventh-inning that would seal a 12-9 victory for the Angels on Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles third baseman Alberto Callaspo would spark the seventh-inning rally with a two-out three-run home run to left field off of Chicago reliever Donnie Veal. J.B. Shuck would finish off the rally with a two-run double to deep center field, scoring both Josh Hamilton and Chris Iannetta. Despite a five-run rally in the top of the eighth-inning led by a... 
 

Mark Trumbo to Take Over First Base For Ailing Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols is dealing with a painful foot injury and will be the DH for the foreseeable future in Los Angeles. Mark Trumbo, a promising middle of the order bat, will take over all defensive duties until Pujols is feeling better. A star Free Agent signing in 2012, Pujols is dealing with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation in his left foot. The ailment is considered very painful and Pujols himself has said he’s “dying” and it’s “hurting real bad”. The hunch is this is not an injury Pujols can effectively play... 
 

Los Angeles Angels Place Jered Weaver On DL

Los Angeles Angels ace Jered Weaver was placed on the 15 day disabled list with a fractured elbow in his non-throwing arm.  Weavers is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with the injury. The injury occurred  Sunday in a game with the Texas Rangers. “I tried to catch myself and saw the ball coming at me. I didn’t land right on it. Definitely, hyperextended it or something,” Weaver said Sunday. “I kind of landed on my glove and I pushed to get out of the way. I landed in an awkward position.” Weaver  won 20 games in 2012... 
 

Los Angeles Angels Garrett Richards Figuring it Out

Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards is pitching with purpose. On Saturday Richards cruised through 6 1/3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers allowing three hits and one run in the Angels 5-1 win at Temple Diablo Stadium. His purpose? Richard’s wants a spot on the Angels roster and after  posting a 1.88 ERA over 14 1/3 innings  it’s going to be hard  for the Angels to decide otherwise. Manager Mike Scioscia  seemed to agree but the question is what role will Richards serve. “If the question is, would he be better... 
 

Angels’ Mike Trout: “My Time Will Come”

When the Los Angeles Angels  renewed  American League Rookie of the Year Mike Trout‘s contract on Saturday for $510,000,  his agent Craig Landis said the deal  “falls well short of a ‘fair’ contract,.” After all, hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs, and led the majors with 129 runs and 49 steals.  He also finished second to the Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera in MVP voting. Trout had his own response today  and provided one more reason to like him. “I’m just happy to be in the lineup.” adding, “I... 
 

Angels News: Josh Hamilton Goes Hitless in Spring Debut

  Josh Hamilton will have to wait another day to find his first hit of the spring with his new Los Angeles Angels team. The former Texan Ranger had a busy offseason, trading the grassy centerfield in Arlington for the Caves in LA’s outfield and made his debut in right field on Tuesday. With the ink still drying on a $125 million dollar contract, none of the three biggest hitters in the Angels lineup made any noise during a 7-7 tie. Of course, Albert Pujols is out another couple of weeks recovering from offseason knee surgery and Mike... 
 

Los Angeles Angels: 2013 Spring Training Preview Guide

Upon signing first baseman Albert Pujols and left-hander C.J. Wilson after the 2011 season, the Los Angeles Angels were the popular choice to claim a World Series title last October. Instead, they didn’t reach the playoffs. This offseason, the club added prized free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, giving it one of the best lineups in baseball. The Angels are not a sure thing for the playoffs, though. Starting pitching will determine their fate. Jered Weaver and Wilson top the rotation, and they will be supported by acquisitions Jason Vargas,... 
 

Angels Shut Down Ryan Madson With Sore Elbow

Ryan Madson the former Philadelphia Phillies closer who sat out 2012 because of Tommy John surgery felt soreness in his surgically repaired right elbow on February 1st and has been shut down by the Los Angeles Angels. Madson had  only thrown four times off a mound, will not throw when pitchers and catchers report on Tuesday, for their first spring training workout, and is not expected to be ready for the start of the season. “I’m a little discouraged, because I didn’t want there to be any hang-ups,” said Madson, whose... 
 

Los Angeles Angels: Top 10 Prospects For 2013

Albert Pujols was the big news signing in Anaheim last off-season, but it was phenom Mike Trout who garnered the most attention in 2012 for the Los Angeles Angels. The 21-year-old outfielder was named American League Rookie of the Year and finished second in AL Most Valuable Player voting to Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. This off-season, the Angels made another free agent splash, inking Josh Hamilton to a handsome contract. Is there an Angels prospect who could steal the headlines in 2013? Though prospects who make such a dramatic... 
 

Angels, Mariners Trade: Kendrys Morales for Jason Vargas

Morales and Vargas are set to hit free agency after the 2013 season That was fast. Earlier today it was reported through various media outlets  that the Los Angeles Angels were more inclined to trade Kendrys Morales than Peter Bourjos or Mark Trumbo. The Angels were reportedly looking for a starting pitcher. Then this afternoon the Angels in the Seattle Mariners agreed on a trade that would send Morales to the Mariners for left-handed starter Jason Vargas. Morales, 29, hit .273/.320/.467 with 22 homers, 73 RBI and 61 runs in 522 plate appearances... 
 

Angels Reach Agreement with Joe Blanton – Two Years $15 million

Signing Blanton essentially ends the Angels pursuit of Greinke As much as the Los Angeles Angels may have wanted to sign Zack Greinke, it would appear that’s not going to happen. The Angels agreed to terms with free-agent right-hander Joe Blanton on a two-year $15 million deal that on paper, solidifies the Angels rotation for 2013, minus Greinke. The Angels may pursue another starter, such as Anibal Sanchez, Kyle Lohse or Brandon McCarthy, but Greinke is likely out of the mix. Blanton went 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA for the Phillies and Dodgers... 
 

Sean Burnett Headed West To Angels

Angels add another piece to their restructured bullpen today Los Angeles Angels signed free-agent left-hander Sean Burnett to a two-year deal with an option for 2015. Reportedly the deal is worth $8 million. The deal is pending a physical. Burnett pitched to a 2.38 ERA in 70 games last season for the Washington Nationals. Burnett has been a prototypical left-handed specialist enjoins a new rebuild Angels bullpen led by new closer Ryan Madson, Ernesto Frieri, Kevin Jepsen and Scott Downs. The Angels traded right-hander Jordan Walden to Atlanta... 
 

Braves Trade Tommy Hanson For Angels Jordan Walden

Hanson – Walden trade fits the needs of both teams The Atlanta Braves have traded right-hander Tommy Hanson to the Los Angeles Angels for reliever Jordan Walden. Both players have a history of battling injuries. Hanson, 26, was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves last season, after missing the last two months of the 2011 season with shoulder problems. Hansen will now join Jered Weaver,  C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards in the Angels rotation. The team must decide tonight whether to tender a contract to right-hander Jerome Williams. The... 
 

Angels News – Ryan Madson Agrees To One-Year Deal – Greinke Not Likely

Madson went 4-2 and had 32 saves in 34 chances as the Philadelphia Phillies’ closer in 2011 Pending a physical free-agent reliever Ryan Madson has reached an agreement with the Los Angeles Angels on a one-year contract. Madson, 32, went 47-30 with a 3.59 ERA and 52 saves in eight seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies and went 4-2 with a 2.37 earned run average and 32 saves in 34 chances as the Philadelphia Phillies’ closer in 2011. It was reported earlier in the day that the Angels and Madson were close to an agreement. Madson... 
 

Angels Mike Trout Unanimous Choice for AL Rookie of the Year

Trout was the eighth unanimous pick for AL Rookie of the Year Mike Trout was selected as a unanimous choice for the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year. Trout received all 28 first-place votes from the baseball writers Association of America. Trout became the eighth unanimous American League. And the first since Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria in 2008. For winning the award, Trout earned a $10,000 bonus on top of his $482,500 salary. Trout, who hit .326 with 30 homers and 83 RBIs, received the maximum 140 points.  He led the league with... 
 
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