The Los Angeles Angels acquire catcher Chris Iannetta from the Rockies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 30 November 2011 at 10:37 pm

The Angels have acquired 28-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Iannetta from the Rockies for 21-year old righty starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood. Iannetta played in 112 games for the Rockies last year and he was 82 for 345 (.238 avg, .785 OPS) with 51 runs scored, 14 homers, 55 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. He has now played in 458 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 336 of 1,429 (.235 avg, .788 OPS) with 196 runs scored, 63 homers, 236 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. Catcher was a Black Hole offensively for the Angels last year, so it was a smart move in bringing in Iannetta, who has pretty good power. Tyler Chatwood pitched in 27 games (25 starts) for the Angels as a rookie last year and he was 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA and a 1.67 WHIP. Chatwood has a nice upside, but the Angels should be o.k. without him for now.

The Los Angeles Angels need to make a big splash in free agency

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 November 2011 at 10:13 am

The Los Angeles Angels are talking to C.J. Wilson right now, but the starting rotation is one of the strengths of the team right now. They need to get more thump out of 3B and they need to get some offense out of the catcher position in 2012. With that in mind, here is how I would spend owner Arte Moreno’s money:

1. Aramis Ramirez – The Angels need to get some power out of 3B and Ramirez is by far the best player on the free agent market. Alberto Callaspo did a decent job last year, but 3B is a power position.

2. Ramon Hernandez – The Angels were essentially a National League style team last year as their catchers hit like pitchers last year. Hernandez is a solid .270 hitter who can whack 10-15 homers in a season.

3. LaTroy Hawkins – LaTroy Hawkins would essentially replace Fernando Rodney in the Angels’ bullpen and that would be a nice upgrade.

Mike Scioscia of the Los Angeles Angels finished 6th in the voting for the Manager of the Year

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 17 November 2011 at 10:05 am

52-year old Mike Scioscia finished in sixth place in the A.L. Manager of the Year voting. He led the Angels to a 86-76 record (53.1%) last year despite the utter lack of hitting on the team. Scioscia now has a 1,266-878 (54.8%) record in his first 12 years in charge of the Angels in the dugout. He is a 2-time winner of the Manager of the Year Award, and there is no reason to think he won’t win this award a couple more times before he hangs it up.

The Los Angeles Angels release Anthony Ortega

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 17 November 2011 at 10:01 am

The Angels have released 26-year old righty reliever/starter Anthony Ortega. Ortega pitched in 24 games (4 starts) in Rookie+AAA-ball last year and he was 1-3 with a 7.24 ERA and a 1.76 WHIP. He did pitched in 3 games (all starts) for the Angels back in 2009 and he was 0-2 with a 9.24 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP. This is no loss for the Angels.

Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels finishes 2nd in the A.L. Cy Young voting

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 November 2011 at 6:34 pm

29-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver finished 2nd in the voting for the 2011 Cy Young Award voting in the A.L. Weaver pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. If the Angels had a better hitting team, Weaver might have beat Verlander out for the Cy Young Award. Weaver has now pitched in 177 games (177 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 82-47 with a 3.31 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Weaver just keeps getting better and that has to be scary, especially for the teams in the A.L. West.

Dan Haren of the Los Angeles Angels finishes 7th in the voting for the A.L. Cy Young

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 15 November 2011 at 6:31 pm

31-year old righty starting pitcher Dan Haren finished 7th in the voting for the A.L. Cy Young Award. Haren pitched in 35 games (34 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 16-10 with a 3.17 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Haren has now played in 266 games (256 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 107-84 with a 3.59 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. Haren is a true workhorse and he gives the Angels one of the best 1-2 punches in all of baseball with Jered Weaver and they expect that to continue for a few more years.

Jordan Walden of the Los Angeles Angels finishes tied for 7th in the A.L. Rookie of the Year Voting

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 14 November 2011 at 6:36 pm

23-year old righty closer Jordan Walden finished tied for 7th in the voting for the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award with outfielder Desmond Jennings of the Tampa Bay Rays. Walden pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 5-5 with 32 saves, a 2.98 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Walden has now pitched in 78 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Angels and he is 5-6 with 33 saves, a 2.85 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. I think Walden deserved more respect in the voting, as no one had a more pressure packed job than he did in 2011. He reminds me of a young Troy Percival.

Mark Trumbo of the Los Angeles Angels finished 2nd in the voting for the A.L. Rookie of the Year

Blogged under Awards,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 14 November 2011 at 6:31 pm

25-year old righty swinging 1B Mark Trumbo finished 2nd in the voting for the A.L. Rookie of the Year Award to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays. Trumbo played in 149 games last year for the Angels and he was 137 for 539 (.254 avg, .768 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 29 homers, 87 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. He has now played in 157 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 138 for 554 (.249 avg, .753 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 29 homers, 89 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Trumbo filled in for Kendry Morales, who missed the 2011 season due to a bad ankle. If he returns in 2012, the Angels will probably try to get Trumbo to play 3B in an effort to keep his power bat in the lineup.

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