I would have posted this sooner, but I've been away in Sacramento this past week and just got back. If this is old news, I apologize in advance.
Saturday, July 3rd I was fortunate enough to be a guest at a tail-gate party at Anaheim Stadium with the members of Angelswin.com. courtesy of the creator, owner and mayor of 'Matsuiland', Claude Bilodeau. During the party, we were treated to a private press conference with Tim Mead, Vice President of Communications with the Angels front office. Several things Tim said were of note. First, he said that he has never seen the Angels' depth tested to this extent, which might lead one to assume that a trade (or trades) are imminent. He went on to say that the Angels will not replace Kendry Morales and that his spot on the roster is secure when he is able to return next season. Having said that, he continued by stating that the Angels are NOT interested in renting a player to replace him. He then went on to say that he and the entire Angels organization are more than happily surprised by the performances of Kevin Frandsen at third base and Mike Napoli at first. Mead singled these two guys out as reasons why the organization is very optimistic about the team's outlook at this point. Mead did, however, point out that the bullpen is something that the organization is looking to improve as it heads into the second half of the season.
The rest of what transpired seemed to be nothing more than a lot of ra-ra homerisms that all of us fans readily eat up, and I certainly ate more than my fill (go Angels!). Now, what does all of that mean? Well, on the surface, it seems as if Mead is saying that no trade will be made for an infielder because Frandsen and Napoli are doing just fine, thank you, but trades may be made to help out the bullpen. Will this information hold up? Well, as the Rev has stated succinctly in another post, the Angels organization plays their hand tight to the chest. So, would Mead really give any real inside info to a bunch blogging fanatics? Maybe, maybe not, but the food was good and the company was even better, and the following day (July 4yh) I got to participate in unfurling the world's largest American flag on the field at angel Stadium before the start of the game (!). All in all, a great weekend.