Tuesday Halolinks: Hunter Was Getting Ready to Get Ready

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Torii Hunter’s family gives funny, conflicting earthquake accounts -  Yahoo! Sports
Among those affected was Los Angeles Angels outfielder Torii Hunter and his family, who live north of Dallas in the offseason.

Mike Trout is working to stick in the Angels' outfield - angels.com
Including Saturday's Rising Stars Game, he's already played in a career-high 151 games this season. He turned 20 on Aug. 7. "It's definitely a grind because it's been a long year, but you just have to stay with it mentally," he said.

Giants trade Jonathan Sanchez and Minor Leaguer to Royals for Melky Cabrera - MLB.com
In a swap that included talented yet erratic performers, the Giants attempted to bolster their offense Monday by acquiring outfielder Melky Cabrera from the Kansas City Royals for left-handers Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo.

Monday trade sets stage for busy Hot Stove season - CBSSports.com
With just one week to the general manager meetings in Milwaukee, it's time to focus on other potential trade candidates.

Tweet o' the Day:

Twitter / @JimBowdenESPNxm
Heath Bell just told us that he'd prefer to stay on the West Coast with the Padres, Angels or Dodgers..but would also love Phil or Bos XM 89

Mark Trumbo, Jered Weaver headline Angels' awards haul - angels.com: News
Mark Trumbo, Jered Weaver, Peter Bourjos and Erick Aybar, four pillars in the Angels' foundation, have been the big winners thus far in the awards season.

Talented Cuban defector Cespedes is an odd sight -  Yahoo! Sports
Cuban center fielder Yoenis Cespedes, who defected mid-summer and expects soon to be cleared for free agency, is being billed by his agents as the hitting version of Aroldis Chapman(notes) and is seeking a contract similar to the $30 million the left-handed pitcher received in 2010, according to two sources familiar with the asking price.

Bringing Objective Analysis to TV: An Interview with MLB Network's Brian Kenny - Beyond the Box Score
Which brings us to a new show, Clubhouse Confidential, set to debut tonight on MLB Network. The show will be hosted by former ESPN anchor Brian Kenny. The show bills itself as an open forum to discuss and debate the day's news and moves using modern statistical research and value projection. While not explicitly "saber", the show puts advanced statistics and analysis front and center.

Texas Rangers employee leaked speech from Game 7 - ESPN Dallas
An investigation launched Monday by the Texas Rangers quickly uncovered that a team employee recorded manager Ron Washington's clubhouse speech prior to Game 7 of the World Series, the team confirmed.

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