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Los Angeles Angels MLB News - Angels Baseball Blog » 2012 » November

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed outfielder Scott Cousins off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 30 November 2012 at 5:02 pm

The Angels have claimed 27-year old lefty swinging outfielder Scott Cousins off waivers from the Mariners. Cousins played in 53 games for the Marlins last year and he was 14 of 86 (.163 avg, .467 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 3 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He has now played in 128 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 32 for 175 (.183 avg, .523 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Cousins will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Tommy Hanson from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Friday 30 November 2012 at 4:23 pm

The Angels have acquired 26-year old righty starting pitcher Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves for 25-year old righty reliever Jordan Walden. Hanson pitched in 31 games (all starts) for the Braves last year and he was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. He has now pitched in 108 games (all starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. Hanson will step right into the Angels rotation behind Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson. Jordan 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. He pitched in 123 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 8-8 with 34 saves, a 3.06 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. This was a deal the Angels had to make as Hanson is really going to help them in 2013 and hopefully down the road.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Brandon Hynick

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 29 November 2012 at 9:47 am

The Angels have signed 27-year old righty starting pitcher Brandon Hynick to a minor league deal. He pitched in 22 games (21 starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Rockies last year and he was 9-7 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. Hynick has now pitched in 170 games (154 starts) in his first seven years in the minors and he is 59-46 with a 3.74 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball, but he might help the Angels at some point in 2013.

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed Thomas Field off waivers from the Twins

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 28 November 2012 at 9:37 pm

The Angels have claimed 25-year old righty swinging SS Thomas Field off waivers from the Twins. Field played in 2 games for the Rockies last year and he was 0 for 2 (.000 avg, .333 OPS). He also played in 121 games in AAA-ball last year for the Rockies in which he was 107 of 435 (.246 avg, .715 OPS) with 74 runs scored, 8 homers, 49 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. Field has now played in 18 games in his first two years in the majors and he is 13 of 50 (.260 avg, .575 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs. Field will get a shot to win a bench job next spring.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Ryan Madson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Tuesday 27 November 2012 at 8:36 pm

The Angels have signed 32-year old righty reliever Ryan Madson to a 1-year, incentive laden deal. Madson missed all of last season due to Tommy John Surgery. Madson last pitched in 2011 for the Phillies. He pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Phillies in 2011 and he was 4-2 with 32 saves, a 2.37 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. He has now pitched in 491 games (18 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 47-30 with 52 saves, a 3.59 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP. Madson is the favorite to win the closer’s job next spring over Ernesto Frieri.

Albert Pujols for the Los Angeles Angels finished 17th in the A.L. MVP voting

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 26 November 2012 at 9:45 pm

32-year old righty swinging 1B Albert Pujols finished in 17th place in the 2012 A.L. MVP vote. Pujols played in 154 games for the Angels last year and he was 173 of 607 (.285 avg, .859 OPS) with 85 runs scored, 30 homers, 105 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Pujols has now played in 1,859 games in his first 12 years in the majors and he is 2,246 of 6,919 (.325 avg, 1.022 OPS) with 1,376 runs scored, 475 homers, 1,434 RBIs and 92 stolen bases. Most players would take Pujols’ numbers from 2012 and consider it a success, but the Angels were expecting more out of him.

Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels finished third in the A.L. Cy Young Award vote

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 22 November 2012 at 7:45 pm

30-year old righty starting pitcher Jered Weaver finished in 3rd place in the A.L. Cy Young Award voting. He also tied with Felix Hernandez for #22 in the MVP voting in the A.L. Weaver pitched in 30 games (all starts) for the Angels last year and he was 20-5 with a 2.81 ERA and a major league leading 1.02 WHIP. He gave up only 147 hits and walked 45 batters while whiffing 142 batters in 188 2/3 innings, which is pretty darn impressive. Weaver has now pitched in 207 games (all starts) in his first seven years with the Angels and he is 102-52 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Weaver just seems to be getting better and that bodes well for the Angels’ future.

Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels is named the A.L. Rookie of the Year for 2012

Blogged under Awards, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Wednesday 21 November 2012 at 8:38 pm

21-year old righty swinging outfielder Mike Trout has been named the 2012 A.L. Rookie of the Year. He also finished 2nd in the MVP Voting, won a Silver Slugger and he made the All-Star team. 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. He has now played in 179 games in his first two years with the Angels and he is 209 of 682 (.306 avg, .911 OPS) with 149 runs scored, 35 homers, 99 RBIs and 53 stolen bases. It’s no shame in finishing in 2nd place to Miguel Cabrera in the MVP Voting. If Trout can stay healthy, he will win one an MVP Award in the near future.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Jo-Jo Reyes

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 15 November 2012 at 8:12 am

The Angels have signed 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal. Reyes pitched in 21 games (9 starts) in Rookie+A+AAA-ball for the Pirates last year and he was 6-2 with a 2.51 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors back in 2011 with the Blue Jays and Orioles. Reyes has pitched in 70 games (62 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 12-26 with a 6.05 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He will get a shot to win a bullpen job for the Angels next spring.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Billy Buckner

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Thursday 15 November 2012 at 8:09 am

The Angels have signed 29-year old righty starter/reliever Billy Buckner to a minor league deal. Buckner pitched in 27 games (all starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Red Sox last year and he was 12-9 with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. He last pitched in the majors back in 2010 with the Diamondbacks. Buckner has pitched in 36 games (21 starts) in his first four years in the majors and he is 6-11 with a 6.25 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP. He will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball and be an insurance policy in case a starter goes down due to injury.

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