The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Jason Vargas from the Mariners

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by chinmusic on Wednesday 19 December 2012 at 8:51 pm

The Angels have acquired 29-year old lefty starting pitcher Jason Vargas from the Seattle Mariners for 29-year old switch-hitting 1B/DH Kendry Morales. Vargas pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Mariners last year and he was 14-11 with a 3.85 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP. Vargas gave up 201 hits and 55 walks in 217 1/3 innings for the Mariners last year while whiffing 141 batters as he was impressive. Vargas has now pitched in 150 games (130 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 42-50 with a 4.35 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. Vargas will likely be slotted in the #4 spot in the Angels rotation in 2013. Kendry 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. Morales played in 464 games in his six years with the Angels and he was 455 of 1,620 (.281 avg, .823 OPS) with 216 runs scored, 79 homers, 265 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. This could turn out to be a good trade for both teams.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Luis Rodriguez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 18 December 2012 at 10:19 am

The Angels have signed 32-year old switch-hitting infielder Luis Rodriguez to a minor league deal. Rodriguez played in 102 games in AAA-ball for the Mariners and he was 107 of 361 (.296 avg, .841 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 12 homers, 51 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He last played in the majors in 2011 for the Mariners. Rodriguez has played in 407 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 231 of 972 (.238 avg, .638 OPS) with 100 runs scored, 10 homers, 80 RBIs and 6 stolen bases. Rodriguez is going to be a longshot to win a bench job with the Angels next spring.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Brian Lawrence

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 17 December 2012 at 2:15 pm

The Angels have signed 36-year old righty starting pitcher Brian Lawrence to a minor league deal. He didn’t pitch at all last year. He pitched in 7 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels in 2011 and he was 2-5 with a 8.07 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP. Lawrence last pitched in the majors back in 2007 with the Mets. Lawrence has pitched in 168 games (152 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 50-63 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Lawrence will have to prove he’s healthy in the minors and pitch well before he will be even considered to get his major league career back going.

UPDATE: (12/22/2012) – The Angels have released Brian Lawrence.

The Los Angeles Angels have signed Josh Hamilton

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 13 December 2012 at 3:14 pm

The Angels have signed 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Josh Hamilton to a 5-year, $125 million dollar deal. Hamilton played in 148 games for the Rangers last year and he was 160 of 562 (.285 avg, .930 OPS) with 103 runs scored, 43 homers, 128 RBIs and 7 stolen bases. He has now played in 737 games in his first six years in the majors and he is 858 of 2,825 (.304 avg, .913 OPS) with 471 runs scored, 161 homers, 553 RBIs and 43 stolen bases. Hamilton has been on five A.L. All-Star teams in a row, he has won three Silver Slugger Awards so far this year and he won the A.L. MVP Award in 2010. Hamilton played in 133 games for the Rangers in 2010 and he was 186 of 518 (.359 avg, 1.044 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 32 homers, 100 RBIs and 8 stolen bases. Hamilton led the majors in both batting average (.359) and OPS (1.044) in 2010. This was an awesome move for the Angels as it helps them while hurting the rival Rangers, just like they did last year when they signed C.J. Wilson. The Angels now have extra position players to deal for pitching.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Joe Blanton

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 December 2012 at 11:12 pm

The Angels have signed 31-year old righty starting pitcher Joe Blanton to a 2-year, $15 million dollar deal with a club option for 2015. Blanton pitched in 31 games (30 starts) for the Dodgers and Phillies last year in which he was 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP. He has now pitched in 237 games (228 starts) in his first 9 years in the majors and he is 83-75 with a 4.37 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Blanton is a solid back end of the rotation pitcher. I like this pickup for the Angels as they didn’t have to break the bank for Blanton.

The Los Angeles Angels ink Sean Burnett

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 5 December 2012 at 5:31 pm

The Angels have signed 30-year old lefty reliever Sean Burnett to a 2-year deal with a club option for the 2015 season. Burnett pitched in 70 games (0 starts) for the Nationals last year and he was 1-2 with a 2.38 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. He has now pitched in 354 games (13 starts) in his first six years in the majors and he is 15-23 with 10 saves, a 3.58 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP. Burnett was by far the best lefty reliever on the free agent market, so this was a nice pickup for the Angels. Burnett will team with Scott Downs in the pen to make the Angels very tough on lefty hitters late in ball games in 2013 and beyond.

The Los Angeles Angels have re-signed Jarrett Grube

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 1 December 2012 at 2:50 pm

The Angels have re-signed 31-year old righty reliever/starter Jarrett Grube to a minor league deal. Grube pitched in 24 games (15 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Mariners and Angels last year and he was 3-8 with a 6.16 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. He has now pitched in 303 games (93 starts) in his first nine years in the minors and he is 48-42 with 1 save, a 4.20 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP. Grube will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the Angels.

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