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Arte finds a button to push in his talks with Anaheim

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The worst thing in the world when you are trying to negotiate any kind of deal with another party, is when that other party knows full well that you have zero alternatives other than to take the deal they are offering.

Arte needs to negotiate with Anaheim. He needs Anaheim to know that he has other options. Anaheim knows that Tustin is not another option. Anaheim knows that Irvine is not another option. Anaheim knows that downtown LA, the Inland Empire, Las Vegas, or even Portland are not serious options. He has waited out the city government that was stuffing him into a corner. He now needs to start talking to the new government. Which is why Arte needs an option.

The best option he has dug up is the oldest one. Long Beach. See Jessica. The Angels were supposed to start there, but Long Beach said no back then and Anaheim said yes. (Actually, Long Beach almost got the Los Angeles Angels back in the early 40’s. But then Pearl Harbor happened. Look it up.) Arte has a thing to take into his talks withe Anaheim. Long Beach is now the willing victim in the age-old maneuver of pro sports franchises to get a better deal back home. Scott Boras would be pleased.

Let’s move on with Back-To-Spring-Training-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

Justin Bour simply has one of those names built for baseball and punnage...........

Monster Jam is over. The rains are (mostly) now falling in the plains. We are 4 weeks away from moving ST to Angel Stadium. So it’s that time of year again, when they have to completely rebuild the baseball field..........

Felix Pena had himself a decent birthday yesterday. 3 innings, 1 hit, 3 K’s. Good for early Spring.............Zack Cozart, though. Blech. His left shoulder is not fine and he is day to day. This is the same shoulder that underwent surgery last year. He thinks he can play through it this year...........

Unsurprisingly, Luc Roy is delighted that MLB is stepping in and making his job easier............


Everywhere In Baseball

FiveThirtyEight takes a look at the game time problem, fixating on the parade of relievers from the 6th inning on, and realizes that the crux of this issue is that there is a never-ending supply of One-inning, Max-effort, guys (“OMGs”). And their belief is that the best way to curtail this parade is to limit the number roster spots that can be used on pitching staff. Immediately, being as I am an Angel fan, I see a problem. They do allow for position payers to still pitch, but (and this is a BIG but): “...they wouldn’t be allowed to pitch to a greater number of batters than the number of plate appearances they’d recorded so far on the season as hitters.”. Sorry, guys, but this wages war on the potential rise of two-way players such as Shohei Ohtani. (And look at me, an American League DH guy advocating for the development of pitchers who can hit for themselves! I’ll bet nobody has thought about that curve ball yet.)...........

Welcome to The Law Of Unintended Consequences. Pitch clocking baseball creates the opportunity for somebody to think about hos to turn that to their advantage. The first such idea comes to us from reddit. Very, very clever. If I were a manager, I would wait until a game where Rob Manfred was in attendance and this is how I would work in every reliever............

Clayton Kershaw is getting shut back down. This is ungood for baseball...........

The Rockies like their Coors Light, and their Bud Black..........

I always get a little giddy when an issue within MLB falls outside into the real world, and beyond the control of the Commissioner’s Office and franchise lawyers to dictate all terms and conditions. it’s probably just me, but I have long felt as though MLB chooses to behave as their own legal mini nation state. Too long living under the umbrella of a Congressional antitrust exemption. So when I read this update on the Dexter Fowler lawsuit against the White Sox and MLB, where Fowler’s career was ruined the very day it began and all because of a hidden electrical box, I giggle. The real-world judge pretty much just told MLB/ChiSox lawyers that they are idiots, and the protection they think they are hiding behind is stupid..........

The bottom line summary here is dead on: players should ply hardball with teams right now. Just because Front Offices are using new methods to value and devalue players, that doesn’t mean that they carry that weight into an arbitration hearing. Players who go all the way through an arb hearing are faring much better than those who fold..........

Ex Blue Jay Troy Tulowitzki stepped up to bat in MFY pinstripes for the first time, ironically facing his ex-Blue Jay teammates. Two pitches in Marcus Stromon serves up a meatball and Tulo goes yard. Extra motivation. Tulo feel vindicated already. But I suspect that what with his recent history over these past 6 years, this is a tweet and a quote that might not age well when we get out to August/September..........

This will be the Year of Baby Vladdie. And we will see the lies and anti-marketing levers pulled by Toronto. Something to grill Rob Manfred on if you ever get the chance. Everybody knows that service time manipulation goes on. Even the players. But nobody comes forth with a solution.............

Nevada Gaming Commission to MLB: “Thank you for your interest but, no, we shall not be paying any attention to your whining.”..........

You are thinking it. I will say it. Brian Cashman loves having Andy Pettitte on board to help players on the physical side of the same. Because Andy knows where the needles go?..........

Hunter Strickland was victimized by his own temper. And that’s what finally taught him to get a grip. As in “Oh. So THIS is the kind of pain and suffering U have been subjecting humanity to all my life?”..........

Just an LAA Public Service Announcement: This is the new Mariners weapon on the mound. And that is none other than THE Joey “On Base Machine” Votto looking stupid..........


Hot Stove

It looks like the Yankees just took themselves out of the Mike Trout Sweepstakes, signing their own young SF, Aaron Hicks, to a 7-year, $70 million extension.......... And the Yankees, who recently did this with youngster Luis Severino, are now targeting the same for Dellin Betances. Is this going to be the new land rush for all franchises, where the Yankees are way out in front of the coming wave? if so, I would think that teams would all want to get in on this before the CBA changes all their rules at the earlier end of player career..........

The Dodgers now in the Bryce Harper chase......Pedro Gomez noticed a peculiar thing at the Dodgers camp just hours after this news broke. They appear to be serious.....So look now for the Phillies to scare themselves into doing that stupid thing they promised to do earlier this winter. A classic Boras end game gambit.........In any event, it may be that this opera ends this week...........Maybe even as soon as today..........


The Duffle Bag

reddit was pretty productive for me yesterday. Here is pitching machine versus baserunner..........also from reddit, we got this glorious math-centric player graphic for Arquimedes Caminero. (For those who don’t get it, go here.).........You keep doing YOU , kid!..........