The Los Angeles Angels sign Bill Hall to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 31 January 2013 at 5:28 pm

The Angels have signed 33-year old righty swinging 2B/3B/OF Bill Hall to a minor league deal.  Hall played in 7 games for the Orioles last year and he was 2 for 9 (.222 avg, 1.056 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 homer and 1 RBI.  He also played in 90 games in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 84 of 342 (.246 avg, .730 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 15 homers, 45 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Hall has played in 1,054 games in his first 11 years in the majors and he is 827 of 3,334 (.248 avg, .744 OPS) with 450 runs scored, 125 homers, 440 RBIs and 62 stolen bases.  Hall will be a longshot to win a bench job this spring for the Angels.

UPDATE:  (3/23/2013) – The Angels have released Bill Hall.  Hall played in 4 games for the Angels in spring training and he was 3 for 9 (.333 avg, 1.000 OPS) with 1 run scored and 4 RBIs.  The Angels should be o.k. without Hall.

UPDATE II:  (4/7/2013) – The Angels have re-signed Bill Hall to a minor league deal and they have sent him to AAA.

UPDATE III:  (5/18/2013) – The Angels have released released Bill Hall.  Hall played in 21 games in AAA-ball for the Angels and he was 12 of 73 (.164 avg, .515 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 7 RBIs.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Robert Coello

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 30 January 2013 at 5:33 pm

The Angels have signed 28-year old righty reliever/starter Robert Coello to a minor league deal.  He pitched in 6 games (0 starts) for the Blue Jays last year and he was 0-1 with a 12.79 ERA and a 2.21 WHIP.  He also pitched in 19 games (3 starts) in AAA-ball last year and he was 4-1 with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  Coello has now pitched in 12 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.92 WHIP.  Coello will likely start the 2013 season in AAA-ball for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels are hoping for a bounce back year out of Chris Iannetta in 2013

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Preview for Season by chinmusic on Wednesday 16 January 2013 at 9:55 am

29-year old righty swinging catcher Chris Iannetta missed half of last season due to injury, but, the Angels are hoping for him to have a full workload in 2013. Iannetta played in 79 games for the Angels last year and he was 53 of 221 (.240 avg, .730 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 9 homers, 26 RBIs and 1 stolen base. He 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 8 stolen bases. Iannetta can give the Angels solid power at the back end of the batting order if he can just stay healthy in 2013. He played in 78 games (71 starts) behind the plate last year and he had 2 errors and 8 passed balls. He threw out 13 of 59 (22%) runners trying to steal on him last year and pitchers had a 3.90 ERA with him behind the plate. 29-year old righty swinging John Hester, 24-year old switch-hitting Hank Conger and 32-year old switch-hitting Luke Carlin will duke it out in spring training for the right to back up Iannetta in 2013. Hester played in 38 games for the Angels last year and he was 18 of 85 (.212 avg, .617 OPS) with 14 runs scored, 3 homers and 4 RBIs. He has now played in 92 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 45 of 208 (.216 avg, .642 OPS) with 27 runs scored, 6 homers, 15 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Hester played in 38 games (27 starts) behind the plate for the Angels last year and he had 0 errors and 1 passed ball. He only threw out 3 of 33 (9.1%) base stealers, but pitchers had a 3.97 ERA with him behind the dish. Conger is the guy the Angels would like to step up. He played in 7 games for the Angels last year and he was 3 for 18 (.167 avg, .405 OPS) with 1 RBI. He also played in 67 games in AAA-ball last year for the Angels in which he was 78 of 264 (.295 avg, .821 OPS) with 48 runs scored, 10 homers, 42 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Conger has now played in 79 games in his first three years in the majors and he is 45 of 224 (.201 avg, .610 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 6 homers and 25 RBIs. Conger played in 7 games (6 starts) behind the plate last year and he had 1 error and 0 passed balls. Conger threw out 2 of 8 (25%) base stealers last year and Angels’ pitchers had a 4.75 ERA with him behind the dish. Carlin played in 4 games for the Indians last year and he was 3 for 14 (.214 avg, .500 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 1 RBI and 1 stolen base. He also played in 62 games in AAA-ball for the Indians last year in which he was 52 of 206 (.252 avg, .703 OPS) with 23 runs scored, 3 homers and 27 RBIs. Carlin has now played in 56 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 25 of 140 (.179 avg, .549 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 1 stolen base. Carlin played in 4 games (3 starts) for the Indians last year and he had 1 passed ball. He didn’t throw out any of the three base stealers that challenged him and Indians’ pitchers had a 6.68 ERA with him behind the plate.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013: C+

The Los Angeles Angels sign Fernando Cabrera

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 12 January 2013 at 3:16 pm

The Angels have signed 31-year old righty reliever Fernando Cabrera to a minor league deal. He pitched in 57 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Mets last year and he was 4-5 with 22 saves, a 4.10 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. Cabrera last pitched in the majors in 2010 with the Boston Red Sox. He has pitched in 132 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 8-7 with 1 save, a 5.24 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP. Cabrera is going to be a big time longshot to win a job in the Angels’ pen this spring.

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