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The Los Angeles Angels sign infielder Angel Sanchez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 26 October 2012 at 10:18 pm

The Angels have signed 29-year old righty swinging SS/2B Angel Sanchez. Sanchez played in 107 games in AAA-ball for the Astros last year and he was 110 of 344 (.320 avg, .797 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 5 homers, 45 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He last played in the majors back in 2011 with the Astros. Sanchez has played in 184 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 145 of 568 (.255 avg, .612 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 1 homer, 54 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Sanchez is going to have a good shot of making the Angels’ roster next spring if they can’t re-sign Maicer Izturis.

UPDATE: (12/6/2012) - The Angels have lost Angel Sanchez to the Chicago White Sox in the Rule 5 Draft today.

The Los Angeles Angels have six potential free agents heading into this winter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 25 October 2012 at 3:22 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have six free agents heading into this winter. Here is a look at who I see staying and leaving:

Maicer Izturis: 32-year old switch-hitting infielder Maicer Izturis played in 100 games for the Angels in 2012 and he was 74 of 289 (.256 avg, .634 OPS) with 35 runs scored, 2 homers, 20 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. He is going to be looking for a starting job this winter. VERDICT: LEAVING

Torii Hunter: 37-year old righty swinging RF Torii Hunter had an outstanding season in 2012 for the Angels. He played in 140 games for the Angels last year and he was 167 of 534 (.313 avg, .817 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 16 homers, 92 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. VERDICT: STAYING

Zack Greinke: 29-year old righty starting pitcher Zack Greinke pitched in 13 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. Greinke pitched in 34 games (all starts) for the Angels and Brewers last year overall and he was 15-5 with a 3.48 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. VERDICT: STAYING

Dan Haren: 32-year old righty starting pitcher Dan Haren was off a little bit last year for the Angels. He pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. The Angels are going to decline Haren’s $15.5 million dollar club option and they are going to buy him out for $3.5 million bucks. VERDICT: LEAVING

Ervin Santana: 29-year old righty starting pitcher Ervin Santana pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP. The Angels have a $13 million dollar club option on Santana, but I see them buying him out for $1 million bucks instead. VERDICT: LEAVING

LaTroy Hawkins: 39-year old righty reliever LaTroy Hawkins pitched in 48 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP. VERDICT: LEAVING

The Los Angeles Angels lose Bobby Wilson on waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 12:44 pm

The Angels have lost 29-year old righty swinging catcher Bobby Wilson on waivers to the Blue Jays. Wilson played in 75 games for the Angels last year and he was 36 of 171 (.211 avg, .569 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 3 homers and 13 RBIs. Wilson played in 191 games in his five years with the Angels and he was 81 of 389 (.208 avg, .593 OPS) with 36 runs scored, 8 homers and 37 RBIs. This is probably a good thing for Wilson as he has been buried on the depth chart in L.A. The Angels won’t likely miss Wilson too much in the future.

The Los Angeles Angels had a disappointing 2012 season

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Season Reviews by chinmusic on Wednesday 17 October 2012 at 7:55 pm

The Angels spent a lot of money last winter on free agents, hoping to win the A.L. West, but it just didn’t happen. The Angels finished in 3rd place in the A.L. West with a 89-73 (54.9%) record, 5 games behind the A’s. Here is a look at the players that made the biggest impacts for the Angels in 2012, in my opinion:

Team MVP: Mike Trout - 21-year old righty swinging CF Mike Trout didn’t start the 2012 season with the Angels, but he more than made up for lost time when they called him up. Trout played in 139 games for the Angels last year and he was 182 of 559 (.326 avg, .963 OPS) with 129 runs scored, 30 homers, 83 RBIs and 49 stolen bases. Trout is probably the best all-around player in the majors right now.

Best Pitcher: Jered Weaver - 30-year old righty Jered Weaver turned in another incredible year for the Angels in 2012. He pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. He worked 188 2/3 innings in which he gave up only 147 hits and 45 walks while whiffing 142 batters, which is pretty impressive. Weaver will be a finalist for the Cy Young Award in the A.L. in 2012.

Biggest Surprise: Kendry Morales - 29-year old switch-hitting DH Kendry Morales came back healthy in 2012 after missing a year and a half due to a badly broken ankle. Morales played in 134 games for the Angels last year and he was 132 of 484 (.273 avg, .787 OPS) with 61 runs scored, 22 homers and 73 RBIs.

Biggest Disappointment: Jordan Walden - 24-year old righty reliever Jordan Walden saved 32 games in 2011. But, he was injured part of 2012 and he got into manager Mike Scioscia’s Dog House, losing his closer’s job. Walden pitched in 45 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 3-2 with 1 save, a 3.46 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels lose Ryan Langerhans to free agency

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 8 October 2012 at 7:07 pm

32-year old lefty swinging outfielder Ryan Langerhans has elected to become a free agent and leave the Angels. He played in 2 games for the Angels this year and he was 0 for 1 (.000 avg). He also played in 96 games in AAA-ball this year in which he was 84 for 336 (.250 avg, .816 OPS) with 59 runs scored, 11 homers, 54 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Langerhans has played in 593 games in his first 10 years in the majors and he is 280 of 1,239 (.226 avg, .704 OPS) with 174 runs scored, 33 homers, 125 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. The Angels aren’t going to miss Langerhans at all in 2013.

The Los Angeles Angels re-sign catcher Chris Iannetta

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Saturday 6 October 2012 at 6:19 am

The Angels have re-signed 29-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Iannetta to a 3-year, $15.5 million dollar deal. He played in 79 games for the Angels this year and he was 53 of 221 (.240 avg, .730 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 9 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Iannetta has now played in 537 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 389 of 1,650 (.236 avg, .780 OPS) with 223 runs scored, 72 homers, 262 RBIs and 1 stolen base. The Angels need Iannetta to stay healthy in 2013 and beyond.

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