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Friday Halolinks: Angel Batting Order Strikes Fear...In Angel Fans

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Things that make you go "Meh" Halolinks:

  • It's hard for me to get excited about this: 2012 Roster Projection: Los Angeles Angels Of Anaheim - MLB Daily Dish - Batting Order 1. CF Bourjos 2. DH Abreu 3. 2B Kendrick 4. RF Hunter 5. 1B Trumbo 6. 3B Callaspo 7. LF Wells 8. C Iannetta 9. Aybar. I'll admit it, I wouldn't mind if the Angels signed Aramis Ramirez as long as the contract is reasonable...something along the lines of 2/28 with an option. Here's what JDP had to say about the free agent third baseman: Dipoto won't confirm Angels' interest in Ramirez - The Orange County Register. "Angels GM Jerry Dipoto declined to confirm any contact with Ramirez. "I won't say anything other than obviously through the course of the past 30 days or so we've been exploring a number of ways to make ourselves a better and more complete team," he said Thursday."
  • Here's an interesting look at C.J. Wilson: A look into C.J. Wilson's future - ESPN. "In his two years in the Rangers rotation, he won 31 games with a 3.14 ERA, pitching 427 innings without missing a start. He's done that despite pitching in a tough home park -- his road ERA over those two seasons was 2.56. Over the past two seasons, the only starters with a better park-adjusted ERA are Roy Halladay, Clayton Kershaw, Cliff Lee, Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver. Wilson rates better than CC Sabathia, Felix Hernandez or Cole Hamels." When Wilson is bunched in with these noted pitchers, his asking price ($100M) doesn't seem so unreasonable. However, I suppose we also have to consider he's only been a starter for two seasons with inconsistent results as a reliever in his previous five seasons (4.30 ERA in 280.2 IP). Plus, good news for any team looking to sign the lefty free agent, it looks like the Wilson market demand got a little smaller, Yankees turned down meeting with free agent C.J. Wilson - HardballTalk. "Marchand reports that Wilson’s agent requested a meeting to discuss the free agent left-hander and "the Yankees said no.""
  • This is easier said than done, but if I were DiPoto I would sign Wilson and then trade Ervin Santana to Cincinnati for Votto: Offseason decisions: The Reds need a starter - The Hardball Times. "There has been a lot of talk about the fact that Joey Votto is going to start getting very expensive for the Reds in 2013 and the fact that Votto has made every indication that he wants to test free agency after that season. This has led many to believe the Reds might be interested in dealing Votto this offseason, a belief that has been fed by reports from national media outlets that while the Reds are not actively shopping Votto, they are listening to offers." Santana would become the a front of the rotation starter for the Reds while Votto would lead the Halos to the World Series.