Trading Deadline Week starts today...let us rejoice! Oh, and here are today's Halolinks:
- The old, "ultra-rare" three-run single trick: Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels - July 23, 2012 - MLB.com. "After relief pitcher Greg Holland recorded two quick outs to start the inning in a 3-3 game, he allowed an Alberto Callaspo single and a Maicer Izturis double, then walked Peter Bourjos before Morales came to bat for Bobby Wilson and knocked the ultra-rare three-run single off the right-field wall. Angels pinch-hitters had a Major League-worst .125 average (5-for-40) before the hit, which single-handedly doubled Morales' career RBI total as a pinch-hitter." That is what happens when you hit the ball hard to right field and run like you recently had a broken leg.
Royals-Angels Preview - Yahoo! Sports. "Los Angeles has won 12 of its last 13 games against left-handed starters, including Monday's game, started by Bruce Chen." The Angels face Will Smith -- no, not that Will Smith, but rather, another Royal lefty.
- The results are in! If you've been following Dave Cameron's trade value ranking series over at FanGraphs, the final 5 are revealed: 2012 Trade Value: #5-#1 - FanGraphs Baseball
1. (21) Mike Trout, OF, Anaheim Angels – Under Team Control through 2017
Since getting called up to the Majors, Trout has been the best player in baseball, and it hasn’t even been particularly close. At his current rate of performance, he’d average +10.3 WAR per 600 plate appearances. For his career, Babe Ruth averaged 10.0 WAR per 600 plate appearances. Yeah. There’s just not much left to say about what Trout is doing right now. He’s almost certainly not going to keep this up because no one can keep this up, but what we’re seeing is a 20-year-old with no real flaws in his game.
- It looks like the Angels are serious about acquiring another starter as the rumors are flying: Miami Marlins concede no World Series in 2012, trade players but not typical fire sale - FOX Sports. "Rival teams covet right-hander Josh Johnson, who pitched brilliantly Monday night before leaving with mild skin irritation on his right middle finger (for what it’s worth, on Monday the Angels had a scout in Miami and the Marlins had a scout in Anaheim; Peter Bourjos would satisfy the Marlins’ need for a center fielder.)" Although, I'd like to see Hanley Ramirez don a halo: With Marlins selling, is Josh Johnson long for Miami? - HardballTalk. "3B/SS Hanley Ramirez: If the Marlins decide it’s worth blowing things up, then Ramirez is the logical place to start. He’ll make $31.5 million between 2013-14, and while he has the potential to be a bargain even that steep price, he hasn’t produced like a $15 million-per-year player the last two seasons. A change of scenery might be best for all concerned."
- I'm not really sure what was up with this deal: D'Backs Trade Barry Enright To Angels For Future Considerations - MLB Daily Dish. "The righty has spent the season between the D'Backs major league club and their Triple-A affiliate in the Pacific Coast League. At the major league level, the Enright has posted a 7.41 ERA across 37 2/3 innings of work, along with a 5.0 K/9 and 3.6 BB/9 this season." Yikes.
- Jepsen once again a key arm in Angels bullpen - angels.com. "Jepsen gave up nine earned runs in seven innings during his first nine appearances of the season, leading to a Minor League demotion in early May. Since rejoining the team in early July, though, the 27-year-old right-hander has hurled 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and one walk while striking out seven."
- The greatest series of worsts continues: The Week In Worst: When Baseball Goes Wrong - Baseball Nation. "For those who might be new or who might have forgotten, this is a series dedicated to bad pitches, swings, and defensive plays. The bad pitches and swings are identified mathematically. The bad defensive plays are identified subjectively."
- Interesting (but loooong) article about Schilling's video game company: End Game: Inside the Destruction of Curt Schillings' 38 Studios. "Curt Schilling set out to build the greatest video-game company the world had ever seen, and to get rich — Bill Gates rich — doing it. Instead, the whole thing exploded in his face. Drawing on exclusive interviews with the Red Sox legend and his former employees, Jason Schwartz takes us inside the chaos, arrogance, and mistakes that led to the destruction of 38 Studios and the loss of $75 million in taxpayer money."
- A couple of Monday deals: Braves deal for Ryan Dempster pending his approval - MLB.com. ""I found out when I came in off the field from early BP," Sveum said. "Somebody said they saw it on the web site, so I got on the web site and saw it, and called the higherups to make sure, and they're like, 'No, nothing's happening, I don't know where that came from.' That's where we are with that." And: Marlins trade Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante for Tigers prospects - MLB.com. "About 10 minutes before Miami faced the Braves at Marlins Park, the club announced it was sending second baseman Omar Infante and right-hander Anibal Sanchez to the Tigers for a package of players that includes right-handed pitcher Jacob Turner."