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The media welcomed the chance to chat with Mike Trout on Day 1, hammering him with all things financial. Mike was his usual, nice guy, self.

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Clearly, I have been making a huge mistake all off-season by waiting until now to put GA on my cover pics. Monday was my first day all winter, and the eyeball counter blew it out. We had 3000 visits, which is what occurs when something special happens, such as major Mike Trout or Shohei Ohtani news, or guys all showing up in camp or something.

Since it was none of those, all credit goes to Anderson. Thanks, man. You crushed it!

In our particular orbit of the MLB planetary system, Mike Trout, Mike Trout contract extensions, Mike Trout take on Free Agency, and Mike Trout to Philadelphia stories were all the rage. The primary links and my reactions are below. But my fave is this one:

If I were like Mike, my response might have been: “I hope so. It would be great if the Phillies joined us in the World Series this season!”

Have some Happy-Camper-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

The most depressing thing you will read all winter would be this: Arte Moreno has been quoted as saying that, yes, they talk about a Mike Trout extension within the Front Office but, no, they are not talking to Trout and his agent about any contract extension. Now, before you go diving into the deep end consider this for a second. We have just spent 3 whole months watching all of baseball tie itself up into labor knots as Bryce Harper and Manny Machado conduct a stare down contest. We can assume that they are starting down the owners, trying to get a better deal. And we can project that they might even be starting down one another, hoping the other guy signs first so that they can use that contract to finagle and even better deal for themselves. But guess what player trumps BOTH of those guys (combined, I might add with 64 fWAR since 2012 versus 60.9 fWAR for HarpChado). So both Trout AND Arte are reasonable to sit on their hands right now and let HarpChado play itself out. Arte is hoping that they both come in between $200M - $250M, while Trout and his agent are hoping they both come in at +$300M. In a couple of weeks HarpChado will be over, and a couple of months after that both camps (LAA and Trout) will have digested the result and be in a reasonable position to reach out to the other side and gauge interest............

For his part, Trout is doing the exactly right thing by not bringing the media into his contract talks. He won’t comment on that, at all. As far as public consumption goes, just be a baseball player. But in that same article he does notice how hard Billy Eppler is working to raise the franchise in the face of unfortunate injury plagues: “Each year since Billy’s been here, he’s been bringing in guys that improve the team. That’s all you can ask for...Obviously, we weren’t where we wanted to be the last few years, but it’s like a puzzle, trying to bring in guys that fit this team. We’ve brought a bunch of veteran guys in, and we’ll see where it goes...But bringing in new faces, it’s good...I think we lost like five starters last year or something like that, something crazy, that doesn’t help,..When we get knocked down, we just have got to try to get back up as quick as we can.”.....How can you not love a kid like that?..........

I love me my Ohtani but, for $1000, this giant Shohei Ohtani bobblehead better do more than just stand there and hope the spring does not break...........

Matt Harvey feeling better.....Justin Upton feeling worser..........Ohtani feeling samesies..........Jo Adell working on his future, spotting the weak-kneed Justin Upton. (Just kidding! Upton is under contract through 2022 and Eppler will make damned sure to game Adell service time as allowed by the CBA. The longer Eppler keeps Adell off of this list- possibly the first time you have ever seen this site - the longer he has Adell locked up.).........

Angels on the clock: Skipper Brad doesn’t think a clock will be a big deal......Observers note that fans don’t notice it, either, but games do get a tad shorter in reality..........(By the way, kudos to Maria Torres, our MLB beat writer this season. She is killing it keeping us up to date on twitter.)..........


Everywhere In Baseball

Rob Manfred needs to learn how to not speak when he is parked in front of a microphone. Everything he says anymore just pisses of players, fans and the media. And the owners, for whom he works, already know the truth. They shouldn’t be wanting to attract any further negative attention.............Giancarlo Stanton knows first hand how committed the Marlins are to winning. When there, his games meant nothing once the season started. And his not being there is part of a financial colon cleansing that (along with Manfred) want Miami fans to believe will result in the prospects and draft choices they stocked up on creating a talent pool equal to the Stanton/Ozuna/Yelich/Realmuto/Gordon core that Derek Jeter had in his hand to build around..........Neither Manfred, nor Jeter, are fooling anybody..........But you keep issuing your press releases, Tony Clark. That’ll scare ‘em..........

Hey Commish’, if you are REALLY worried about keeping fans engaged and connecting to future generations, before worrying about pitch clocks and shifts, start with the basics. Take strides to fix the growing K problem. And man up and clear out this stupid broadcast blackout policy..........

Every day I learn more and more about the MLB arb system. This Part 1 in a series is the latest. It’s scary to me all around. I feel more strongly all the time that it needs to die a quick death. In the quoted words of Sandy Alderson (from the link): “The only rational thing about the salary arbitration process is how irrational it is, that it forces most cases to settle.”. The big takeaway from the article is that the player’s side spend hours and hours taking craps on one another, so that they are fully prepared for the taste of the crap during the hearing when the team takes a crap on them...........

Whoopsies. This is something that should not be said with your out loud voice. Phillies GM Matt Klentak is pointing out that aging players are not performing as well as they used to, because they are not on PEDs like they used to be [insert imagery of unnamed Barry Bonds here]. The problem there is that it implies that franchises currently know that they were exploiting the higher productivity of older players on PEDs in the past..........

Collusion. You know that teams are not allowed to collude. Did you know that players are not allowed to collude? even more oddly, players are not allowed to collude but, if they do, MLB can’t do a damned thing about it because they failed to put punishments for player collusion into the CBA. In such a case, MLB would be asking the MLBPA to take action, since the MLBPA has rules and punishments within its bylaws...........

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts sees no collusion, a position I tend to agree with.....The reason that he is not chasing a Bryce Harper has more to do with him having no more money, a position I refuse to agree with. That kind of stuff is just chum in the water, where sharks are already feeding..........

I commend Sean Doolittle on his passion and consistency, even if I am not a big pro-union guy in general. If he really wants to make traction, though, Doolittle should consider requiring a plank in the next round of CBA negotiations that mandates all on-field garments must be made with union labor...........

Bruce Bochy to follow Mike Scioscia off into the sunset after 2019..........

No offense, Rickey, but the Oakland A’s probably did you a big favor. You played baseball at 180 pounds. That’s anywhere from 20 to 35 pounds too light to play NFL running back, and bulking up to survive pro football would have slowed you down on the bases. Bo Jackson was 40 pounds heavier than you, was blistering fast for an NFL running back, but only about 13 the base stealer that you were in the same era..........

You know what we can never have too many of? Laws. We need more laws. Lots and lots more laws. And sports betting gives lawyers and lawmakers an entire new industry to lawyer over. At $500 per hour, billed in 15 minute increments...........


Hot Stove

Yesterday being President’s Day, agencies took the day off. This dried up the twitter feeds everywhere. All I got is that I went looking into the story of the Brewers getting Mike Moustakas. At $10 million for a 1-year deal, the Brewers are getting a left-hand slugging infielder coming off the 3rd best season of his career. And, in a curious twist, that whole ‘move Cozart to 2B and platoon Fletcher to make room for Moose at 3B’ plan might not have been necessary. Moustakas might end up playing 2B directly in Milwaukee..............


The Duffle Bag

You remember the joy of 2002, right? Either because you WERE a Halo fan or because it MADE you a Halo fan. So you remember that series. You, my friend, are getting very very old..............The Chicago Cubs have found an excellent use case for PECOTA..........I have as many hits as Lou Gehrig, and you can buy one of my caps for a heck of a lot less money..........As the Burlington Bees point out, there’s a reason that we do Spring Training in places like Arizona and Florida...........Ooooh. Player anti-Bryce Harper swipe. I wonder if that anonymous player is a Scott Boras client?.........