Other-stuff (not double-stuff) Halolinks:
- MLBTradeRumors has put together a list of each teams' players who are out of options: Out Of Options 2012 - MLBTradeRumors.com. "The following 40-man roster players have less than five years service time and are out of minor league options. That means they must clear waivers before being sent to the minors. I've excluded players on multiyear deals. This list was compiled through MLBTR's sources. Angels - Alberto Callaspo, Kendrys Morales, Rich Thompson, Jerome Williams, Bobby Wilson". I'm pretty sure Wilson has been out of options for at least a couple of seasons, but with that status, it's almost certain Hank Conger will start the season in Salt Lake City unless he impresses Scioscia and his coaching staff. Also Rich Thompson's inclusion to this list, and the need of arms in the Halo pen, make his chances of being on the opening day roster almost a sure thing.
- Here's another list, this time by SBN's Daily Dish site: Remaining MLB Free Agents 2012 - MLB Daily Dish. "With just a few days left until pitchers and catchers report and soon after, spring training officially beginning, let's take a look at the remaining MLB free agent class of 2012". Not a lot of talent left in that pool. There might be a couple of serviceable arms available (Mike Gonzalez, Horacio Ramirez, 39 year-old Jason Isringhausen, oft-injured Brandon Webb, and recovering David Aardsma). A couple of intriguing names remain from the offense side; Miguel Tejada would make an interesting backup at third and short if the need arises. Same with Eric Chavez if the Mark Trumbo to third experiment fails.
- Yesterday, the Angels' spring training television schedule was released, and then Fox released their Saturday Baseball schedule: New-look Angels net eight regular-season games on FOX Saturday Baseball - angels.com. "In 2012, the Angels will be making at least eight appearances on FOX Saturday Baseball, one less than the maximum allotted by team, the network announced in unveiling its schedule on Wednesday." Looks like there's some new interest in Angels' baseball by the national market. I wonder why?