- I don't know what it is, but I've got to believe Jerry Dipoto and the Angels know what they're doing, right? Over the last couple weeks the Halos have been adding aging position players to the club, while ignoring pitchers who can provide the same value. You ask, "What value?" Depth. The Angels will enter spring training with such a shallow pitching staff throughout the organization, that Joe Blanton's name has been mentioned a part of the "depth" the team needs so badly. And if it's not bade enough, teams within the Angels division are improving...or at least possibly trying to improve: Rangers notes: Free agent right-hander Suk-min Yoon to work out for team. "Talks could begin heating up in the coming days, as Yoon is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in front of Rangers’ brass Tuesday at the team’s Surprise, Ariz., complex, according to a source." I guess UCI is just too far from Angel Stadium: Latest On Suk-Min Yoon - MLBTradeRumors.com. "According to Kwon, the Orioles are the front-runners to sign Yoon at this point, but the Rangers, Cubs, Twins and Giants have interest as well. The Orioles and Giants reportedly attended a workout held by Yoon at the UC-Irvine campus over the weekend."
- Good for him: Astros sign Jerome Williams to 1-year deal - MLB Daily Dish. "The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on a one-year, guaranteed major league contract with right-hander Jerome Williams, according to a baseball source. The deal is pending a physical, which will take place on Wednesday, and also includes performance bonuses."
- Guess who's not on the list: Poll: Best rotation in baseball - MLB Daily Dish
- Over at Angels.com: Angels individual tickets to go on sale February 22 - angels.com. "Tickets can be purchased at the Angel Stadium ticket office (located at the Home Plate Gate), online at angels.com/tickets, by phone at 800-745-3000, and at Ticketmaster outlets throughout Southern California. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a maximum purchase limit of 12 tickets per person, per game." And Alden Gonzalez continues his look at the Halos roster by position: Around the Horn: Angels' outfielders - angels.com. "The Angels are hopeful that those steps, plus a new hitting coach in Don Baylor and a solid finish to the regular season - he batted .329/.392/.518 over his last 45 games -- will finally make Hamilton the force the Angels expected. "I do feel, from the way he finished up the second half of last season and made some adjustments, that he understands what his role is a little more, what our team is about and what he can bring," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said during the Winter Meetings of early December. "Josh is going to have a big year for us."
- If you're looking for depth, at least add someone who can play multiple positions: The Suddenly Popular Emilio Bonifacio - FanGraphs Baseball. "Bonifacio is obviously a flawed player, because you don’t get sold and then DFA’d if you aren’t, and he clearly had a lousy year with the bat, but only part of a lousy year. Despite that poor OBP and the poor wOBA that comes with it — .279, tied with Vernon Wells and Placido Polanco for 11th-worst among those with 400 plate appearances last year — he adds enough value on the bases and on defense that he was still slightly above replacement. (As well as the difficult-to-measure value that comes with being able to extend a roster by playing multiple positions.)"
- This is pretty cool: The Super Bowl Flyover From Inside One Of The Choppers Is Amazing