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Thursday Halolinks: Mike Trout is historically great

After only three seasons, Mike Trout compares to baseball's all-time greats.

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Good morning-afternoon-evening folks, here are today's Halolinks:

  • Good job by Lyle in putting how historically great Mike Trout is.  In each of the stats categories Spencer compiles, Trout is in the top 3, except for home runs (he's 4th).  Trout stacks up to legends after three seasons in Majors - MLB.com, "In 453 games, Trout has a .311/.408/.561 slash line for a .969 on base-plus-slugging mark. He owns 93 homers, 291 RBIs, 353 runs scored and 98 steals in 112 attempts. Trout has led the AL all three years in runs scored. He led in steals (49) in 2012 and in RBIs (111), total bases (338) and OPS+ (167) in '14."
  • The club signed a reliever yesterday: Ryan Mattheus signs minor league deal with spring training invite with Angels - The Washington Post, "Mattheus, 31 and a California native (he's from the Sacramento), started off last season with a rib-cage injury during spring training. He spent most of the year at Class AAA Syracuse, posted a 5.80 ERA in 40 1/3 innings, suffered another core injury and logged only 8 2/3 innings in the majors this season. The Nationals parted ways with Mattheus during November’s roster crunch, outrighting him, and he elected free agency."  Alden Gonzalez looks at how adding Mattheus effects the Halo bullpen: Reliever Mattheus signs Minor League deal with Angels - angels.com, "The Angels perceivably have five of their seven bullpen spots solidified, with closer Huston Street, setup man Joe Smith and middle relievers Mike Morin, Fernando Salas and Cesar Ramos. Cory Rasmus could also find his way to the 'pen if he doesn't stay stretched out as a starter, as can Hector Santiago if he doesn't win the fifth spot of the rotation. Mattheus will compete with the likes of Vinnie Pestano, Jeremy McBryde, Cam Bedrosian, Danny Reynolds, Atahualpa Severino, Scott Snodgress, Yoslan Herrera and Edgar Ibarra this spring. The latter four were also obtained on Minor League deals this offseason. Nate Smith and Trevor Gott, who finished last season in Double-A, could also put themselves in the mix."
  • Two of the Angels' divisions rivals made deals yesterday: Astros Acquire Evan Gattis – MLB Trade Rumors, "The Astros have added more right-handed power to their lineup, acquiring catcher/outfielder Evan Gattis and minor league right-hander James Hoyt from the Braves, the teams announced. In return, Atlanta will acquire a trio of prospects: right-handers Michael Foltynewicz and Andrew Thurman as well as third baseman Rio Ruiz." And: Nationals, A's Swap Tyler Clippard, Yunel Escobar, "Yunel Escobar‘s tenure with the Athletics lasted all of five days, as he has now been traded to the Nationals in exchange for right-hander Tyler Clippard, the Nats announced on Wednesday."
  • Although I don't agree with his assessment of how old the Angel roster is, Grant Bisbee takes a look at which teams are playing for now and those looking at the future: The win-now and win-later windows around baseball - SBNation.com, "To recap, this is a plot with two axes. The x axis runs from "likely not contending" to "almost certainly contending." The y axis runs from "lots of young talent" to "aging." The definition of young talent is weighted more toward players in the upper minors and (especially) on the active roster, but organizational rankings are included, too."
  • Want to see some live baseball?  Carson Cistulli has been posting the daily feeds.  You'll need to look for the days games at the FanGraphs site: Live Feeds for Caribbean League Games: January 14th - FanGraphs Baseball
  • Speaking of live games, anyone want to watch the weekly Yankee/Red Sox Sunday night game on ESPN?  Because, you know, there are no other teams that play on Sunday: ESPN announces its early season Sunday Night Baseball matchups - HardballTalk
  • I hope he makes the team: Ex-MLB/NBA player, now a grandpa, has tryout with Orioles at age 40 - FOX Sports, "Hendrickson, 40, may be getting up there in years — as evidenced by the fact that he became a grandfather last fall — but after the left-hander put up some pretty decent numbers in the Independent Atlantic League with the York Revolution last year (1.54 ERA in 55 appearances), he wants to give it yet another go."
  • I linked to a Dodger/Moncada post in yesterday's Halolinks, but here's one that includes a quote from the Dodgers' GM.  I highlighted the most pertinent sentence: GM: Dodgers to 'be players' for Cuban star Moncada - MLB.com, "Speaking to MLB Network Radio, Zaidi said: "Moncada, we've scouted extensively. We have the checkbook. Young elite talent in baseball is the most valuable asset to have. To the extent that our evaluation of him matches or exceeds where the market goes, we'll definitely be players for him."  Jerks.
  • Does having money make you age better?  Apparently so: Jeremy Giambi May Want To Crash On Your Couch, Just For The Night, "The above photo, taken by Keith Birmingham of the Pasadena Star-News, shows (from left to right) Jason, former coach Jim Bastion, and Jeremy, looking like the alter ego in a Rob Lowe TV commercial."
  • This is one of the most disturbing stories I have ever read.  I think we all have different things that touch us as individuals, partly due to the way we were raised, and sometimes based on the experiences we have in life.  Mine is bad parenting.  I don't know why, my childhood was pretty decent, and my parents did a good job showing me love and support, where this rage comes from when I read stories of parental neglect and abuse surprises me.  So when I read about despicable people like this, it makes my blood boil: How Jack Johnson's Parents Screwed Him And Left Him Millions In Debt, "According to the person close to Johnson, Jack was oblivious all along to his disappearing money and mortgaged contract. His parents told him all their big purchases were bought with an inheritance from a recently deceased relative, and Johnson, the source says, had no reason to disbelieve them. "There were a few people trying to track him down, he would confront his parents, and they would tell him to focus on hockey," the person said. "Typically, they dismissed the people as con artists who were just trying to shake him down. Some of those interactions were happening as long as a year ago. But he had no idea it was a real problem until the spring [of 2014]."