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Update on Jim Edmonds’ health + Angels transactions

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Last week on his Instagram, former Angels outfielder Jim Edmonds posted saying he tested positive for coronavirus. He was hospitalized, but now says he is symptom free. He posted to his Instagram story on Thursday morning, providing updates with what’s going on.

The video is no longer available, but here are some of the highlights of what he said in his story.

“Just wanted to drop a quick note. I appreciate everyone who has sent well wishes and wished me the best. I did test positive for pneumonia and test positive for the virus. I am completely symptom free now and doing really well, so I must have had it for a while before I got tested. Don’t take it lightly, take care of yourself.”

Edmonds said that he’s been getting a lot of rest at home. He thinks that he must’ve had the virus for a while before getting tested, hence why he’s already symptom free. It’s great to see he’s recovered and in good spirits.


Angels roster moves during the last month, per Baseball America:

Signed: C Anthony Bemboom | OF Dustin Peterson

Released: RHP Tyler Carpenter | RHP Jordan Gubelman | RHP Matt Leon | RHP Simon Mathews | RHP Connor Riley | RHP Jorge Tavarez | LHP John Cain | 2B Brendon Sanger | 2B Jordan Zimmerman | SS Roberto Baldoquin | OF Ryan Vega | OF Cam Williams

Optioned to Triple-A: RHP Luke Bard | RHP Jaime Barria | RHP Taylor Cole | RHP Kyle Keller | LHP Ryan Buchter | LHP Jose Quijada | C Anthony Bemboom | OF Jahmai Jones

Optioned to Double-A: 1B Jared Walsh | OF Michael Hermosillo

Optioned to high Class A: LHP Hector Yan

Added to 40-man roster: LHP Ryan Buchter

Removed from 40-man: RHP Taylor Cole (outrighted to Triple-A)

The most notable name from this list is Roberto Baldoquin, who was signed by the Angels back in 2015. At the time, he signed an $8 million bonus, which was the most ever for an amateur player under the current international signing rules.

It looks like that signing didn’t work out for the Angels. Here’s a piece from MLBTradeRumors as to how it impacted them back in 2015.

Because Baldoquin was subject to the international signing bonus, the Angels have now clearly shattered their international bonus pool. By adding Baldoquin, the Halos are subjecting themselves to a 100 percent luxury tax on any dollars spent over their $2.383MM bonus pool, and they will also be ineligible to sign any player for more than $300K in either of the next two international signing periods.

Links

  • Some of the best writers over at The Athletic wrote a fun piece going over their favorite baseball video games. Go take a look at what games they picked. (The correct answer is MVP Baseball 2005)
  • MLB.com put together a bracket of the single greatest statistical season in baseball history. They chose 16 pitchers and 16 hitters. Vote here!