Another day, another missed opportunity to get a starting pitcher. Have some Halolinks:
- Would anyone be surprised if the Angels announce a deal involving Mark Trumbo today? Angels are not shopping Mark Trumbo - latimes.com "I wouldn't even say we're willing to trade Mark," Dipoto said, shooting down speculation the Angels were looking to deal their young slugger. "We haven't been out there shopping Trumbo. At the end of the day, our intention is to keep our team together and solve our starting pitching issues as best we can." Okay, let's see if I've got this straight...the Angels are in need of not one, but two starting pitchers and are now unwilling to deal their most desirable trade commodity? The only other player the club has that has any trade value is Howie Kendrick, and it appears his value is dropping about as fast as the mercury in Wisconsin. This leads to having to scrape the free agent barrel for the likes of Feldman, Hammel, et. al. Los Angeles Angels seeking starting pitching as Winter Meetings near - angels.com. "Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana and Hiroki Kuroda -- the three starting pitchers tied to Draft-pick compensation -- seem too steep for the Angels. But now, Bronson Arroyo and Matt Garza have reason to demand more money. And once you get past those two -- and A.J. Burnett, who has always had trepidations about pitching on the West Coast -- you're left with an unimpressive potpourri of arms, with Scott Feldman, Jason Hammel, Mike Pelfrey, Chris Capuano and Paul Maholm likely the safest among them." Yuck.
- I find it surprising the Tigers were willing to take so little for a pitcher like Doug Fister: Nationals acquire towering right-hander Doug Fister in trade with Tigers - The Washington Post. "The Nationals sent utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi, setup reliever Ian Krol and pitching prospect Robbie Ray to Detroit for Fister, a 29-year-old who brings to Washington a devious sinking fastball, three years of postseason excellence and an affordable contract that keeps him under the Nationals’ control through the 2015 season." But what I find more surprising is if the Halos are in such dire need for a starting pitcher, and the Tigers have a starter with the talent of Fister available ( at an apparent affordable asking price), why weren't the Angels in on this? Sure, the team lacks any minor leaguers who have much trade value, but they do have players on their major league roster who are more valuable than what the Nationals gave in the deal, and are rumored to be available. I'm not suggesting they send Trumbo or Kendrick to the Tigers for Fister, but sending Bourjos to Detroit would have been a better return for both teams. The Tigers would have an outfield of Bourjos-Jackson-Hunter, while the Angels have a good #4 starter.
- Kelly Johnson is not a great baseball player, but Kelly Johnson is the type of baseball player who can help a smart team win pennants. MLB hot stove: Yankees close to deal with Kelly Johnson, who could replace Robinson Cano - NJ.com. "The team is close to a one-year deal for versatile infielder Kelly Johnson, according to the New York Post. The deal will be worth about $2.75 million to $3 million." Because when you have Kelly Johnson on your team, you don't have to make deals for David Freese.
- Hey, did you hear? The Yankees just won the off-season. Jacoby Ellsbury, New York Yankees agree on contract - ESPN New York. "According to multiple reports, the deal will pay Ellsbury $153 million over seven years and includes an option for an eighth year that could increase the overall value of the contract to $169 million. Ellsbury's deal exceeds Carl Crawford's seven-year, $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in December 2010."
- There were a lot of interesting transactions yesterday. I don't know if it was the best day EVER, considering the Angels didn't do anything, but yeah, it was kinda neat: MLB just had its greatest offseason day ever: All the trades, signings, and rumors in one place - MLB Daily Dish. "We have every trade, transaction, and rumor that happened on possibly the most insane, most awesome, most exhausting offseason baseball day ever."
- Wouldn't it be nice if the Angels had this sort of reputation within the baseball community: Heath Bell becomes the latest quintessential Tampa Bay Ray - Baseball Nation. "There's a sense that if the Tampa Rays have done something, it must be a smart thing. Just because. The Rays can acquire just about anyone, no matter how questionable, and things will just work out for them. To support their legitimately great players like Evan Longoria and David Price and Ben Zobrist, the Rays just keep moving question marks to and from their own Island of Misfit Toys, and the answer is always more wins." We would have less bitchfest opportunities, but there would a lot more cyber back-slapping and internet bro-fisting going on around here.
- The Angels announced their 2014 promotional schedule yesterday. There are some cool things being given away. I definitely like to grab a couple of bobbleheads, and add gnome or two to my collection. Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton bobbleheads highlight Angels' promotional schedule - angels.com. "The Angels will also give away gnomes depicting Albert Pujols (May 20), Jered Weaver (June 6) and Trout (July 18), plus a Pujols fleece blanket (April 15) and a "Cowboy Rally Monkey" (July 8)." I'm trying to picture what an Albert Pujols garden gnone would look like...
Here's the complete schedule: 2014 Promotional Schedule