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Angels Rumors And Notes

A few, quick questions with a Mariners writer before the Angels-Mariners series

Have a healthy skepticism of players’ offseason changes

Lost bad weight, changed a swing, or altered a delivery? It doesn’t mean much for these Angels players...at least not yet.

Why hasn’t Billy Eppler been more active in the reliever market?

Given the surplus of available relief talent this offseason, it would seem like a natural step to sign a few reliable ones.

Rumor: Could Matt Wieters become an Angel?

The Angels have expressed interest in the All-Star catcher

Converting Matt Thaiss to a third baseman just makes sense

Between first base and DH, Thaiss is blocked at the big league level by C.J. Cron and Albert Pujols.

Joe Blanton reunion a possibility?

Say what you want about Blanton, but his 80 innings of 2.48 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP speaks for itself.

Want to fix Angels’ pen? Sign a starter

With the reliever market drying up, there remains opportunities on the open market to improve the Angels’ staff from the top down.

Eppler hints at remaining offseason plans

Remaining priorities include a 2b and a left-handed bat.

MLB trade rumors: Angels talking with Padres for a second baseman

The Padres have a glut of infielders: Ryan Schimpf, Cory Spangenberg, and Carlos Asuaje.

Angels trade target: Zack Cozart

Speculating on a possible second base acquisition.

Realistic second base trade targets

Given that second base is the deepest position in the league, the Angels will hope to strike a bargain on the trade front.

Trout’s 2nd MVP win puts him in unprecedented territory and on upward trajectory

Let’s not forget, he’s only 25 years of age.

If Mike Trout doesn’t win MVP tomorrow, the award will mean absolutely nothing

We already know that most baseball writers use antiquated, nonsensical logic. But this would be the nail in the coffin.

In just under a year, Eppler has assembled an entire triple-A rotation

Through trades and waiver claims, GM Billy Eppler has begun to rebuild depth in the upper minors.

Could a Halo reunion with Sean Rodriguez be in order?

Exploring whether the former Halo farmhand might be a good fit as their next second baseman.

Neil Walker is the one splash signing the Angels desperately need

Second base has long been an Achilles heel and Walker would fix that in a big way.

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The last dirty dozen Angel 2016 storylines

Are the Angels the mystery team that put a waiver claim on Yasiel Puig?

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The Case for Mark Trumbo (And The Return of the Trumbomb)

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Buy low, sell high: A trade deadline plan

Matt Shoemaker: The Gift that Keeps On Giving

This was originally a "trade Matt Shoemaker because" post, but Unipony hit that one out of the park this morning. Now this is a "Why Matt Shoemaker is good again" post, good for whiling away the hours before the Bearded One takes the mound tonight.

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The timing of the Matt Shoemaker trade

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Jeff Fletcher on luxury tax, 2017 budget

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Fletcher brings up some good points about the budget in 2017 and why going over the luxury tax "just this once" may not be realistic. What do you think, is Fletcher toeing the company line? Or is he speaking truth to power?

Angels select two players in Rule V draft

Billy Eppler hopes Deolis Guerra and Ji-man Choi could be diamonds in the Rule V rough.

The Angels' third base shopping guide

A look at the shallow third base market and what bargains - if any - are to be had as Billy Eppler prepares for his first go at the Winter Meetings as Angels' GM.

Low profile options for Angels' left field hole

In a free agent pool rich with high-end outfield talent, should the Angels take the more conservative approach to fill their void in left?

Jerry Dipoto to be reunited with Chris Iannetta?

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Dave Hansen is set to be the next Angels hitting coach

Dave Hansen was an assistant hitting coach the past two years, and also cut his teeth for quite awhile with the Salt Lake Bees. More importantly, perhaps, he knows Matt Welch.

Scott Servais is favorite for Seattle manager job

Mike Maddux: Angels next pitching coach?

Should the Angels look into bringing Howie back?

Was it actually Arte Moreno that fired Mike Butcher?