Johnny Giavotella rejects an outright assignment to AAA from the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 18 October 2016 at 10:35 am

29-year old righty swinging 2B Johnny Giavotella has rejected an outright assignment to AAA from the Los Angeles Angels, so he will become a free agent this winter.  Giavotella played in 99 games for the Angels last year and he was 90 for 346 (.260 avg, .662 OPS) with 44 runs scored, 6 homers, 31 RBI and 4 stolen bases.  He played in 228 games in his two years with the Angels and he was 213 of 799 (.267 avg, .680 OPS) with 95 runs scored, 10 homers, 80 RBI and 6 stolen bases.  Giavotella has now played in 353 games in his first six years in the show and he is 317 of 1,236 (.256 avg, .656 OPS) with 148 runs scored, 14 homers, 125 RBI and 14 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss for the Angels moving forward.  At the same time, Giavotella should have little problem finding a new team to play for this winter.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Kirby Yates off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 4:24 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 29-year old righty reliever Kirby Yates off waivers from the New York Yankees.  Yates pitched in 41 games (0 starts) for the Yankees in 2016 and he was 2-1 with a 5.23 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Yates gave up 41 hits and 19 walks while whiffing 50 batters in his 41 1/3 innings for the Yankees in 2016.  Yates has now pitched in 98 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 3-3 with 1 save, a 5.25 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP.  Yates will get a shot to win a spot in the Angels’ pen in 2017 next spring.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Blake Parker off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 4:21 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 31-year old righty reliever Blake Parker off waivers from the New York Yankees.  Parker pitched in 17 games (0 starts) for the Mariners and Yankees last year in which he was 1-0 with 1 save, a 4.67 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.  He gave up 17 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 15 batters in 17 1/3 innings in the show last year.  Parker has now pitched in 91 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the show and he is 3-3 with 2 saves, a 3.87 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.  This was a good guy to take a flier on, as Parker will get a shot to win a spot in the Angels’ bullpen for the 2017 season next spring.

UPDATE:  (11/22/2016) – The Angels have designated Blake Parker for assignment.

UPDATE II:  (11/25/2016) – The Angels have lost Blake Parker on waivers to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA A.J. Achter

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 4:17 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 28-year old righty reliever A.J. Achter for assignment.  Achter pitched in 27 games (0 starts) for the Angels in 2016 and he was 1-0 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP.  He gave up 43 hits and 12 walks while whiffing 14 batters in his 37 2/3 innings for the Angels this year.  Achter has now pitched in 45 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 2-1 with a 3.92 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Achter will get a shot with another team to show what he can do in 2017.

UPDATE:  (10/11/2016) – A.J. Achter has cleared waivers and he has rejected an outright assignment to AAA, so he will become a free agent.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Nick Buss

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 5 October 2016 at 4:13 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Nick Buss for assignment.  Buss played in 36 games for the Los Angeles Angels this year and he was 16 of 81 (.198 avg, .593 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  He also played in 87 games in AAA-ball for the Angels last year in which he was 96 of 331 (.290 avg, .807 OPS) with 49 runs scored, 6 homers, 46 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  Buss has now played in 44 games in his first two years in the show and he is 18 of 100 (.180 avg, .529 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBI and 2 stolen bases.  The Angels shouldn’t miss Buss too much moving forward.

UPDATE:  (10/11/2016) – Nick Buss has cleared waivers and he has rejected an outright assignment to AAA, so he will become a free agent.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Daniel Wright off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 5 September 2016 at 2:09 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 25-year old righty starter/reliever Daniel Wright off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.  Wright pitched in 4 games (2 starts) for the Reds this year in his first taste of the show and he was 0-2 with a 7.42 ERA and a 2.08 WHIP.  Wright has given up 25 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 6 batters in his first 13 innings in the show, so he got hit pretty hard.  He also pitched in 25 games (14 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Reds this year and he was 8-5 with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  With the Angels hurting for pitching, it doesn’t hurt to take a flier on a guy like Wright.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Ashur Tolliver off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 4 September 2016 at 9:06 am

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 28-year old lefty reliever Ashur Tolliver off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles.  Tolliver pitched in 5 games (0 starts) earlier this year for the Orioles in his first taste of the show and he was 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP.  Tolliver also pitched in 31 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Orioles this year in which he was 1-1 with 2 saves, a 1.94 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He gave up 35 hits and 14 walks while whiffing 46 batters in his 41 2/3 innings in the minors this year.  It never hurts to take a flier on a lefty reliever like Tolliver.

The Los Angeles Angels deal Fernando Salas to the Mets

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 31 August 2016 at 10:25 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 31-year old righty reliever Fernando Salas to the New York Mets for 20-year old righty starting pitcher Erik Manoah.  Salas pitched in 58 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 3-6 with 6 saves, a 4.47 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.  Salas pitched in 187 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 13-8 with 6 saves, a 4.03 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP.  Manoah pitched in 13 games (12 starts) in A-ball for the Mets this year and he was 5-5 with a 5.37 ERA and a 1.58 WHIP.  Manoah gave up 71 hits and 27 walks while whiffing 63 batters in his 62 innings in the minors for the Mets this year.  Manoah has now pitched in 35 games (25 starts) in his first three years in the minors and he is 9-10 with 3 saves, a 5.13 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP.  The Angels are taking a flier on Manoah, who is still really young.

The Los Angeles Angels deal Daniel Nava to the Royals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 29 August 2016 at 9:40 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 33-year old switch-hitting outfielder Daniel Nava to the Kansas City Royals for either a player to be named later or cash.  Nava played in 45 games for the Angels this year and he was 28 of 119 (.235 avg, .611 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer and 13 RBI.  Nava has now played in 500 games in his first six years in the show and he is 396 of 1,507 (.263 avg, .730 OPS) with 202 runs scored, 25 homers, 185 RBI and 9 stolen bases.  This is not much of a loss for the Angels moving forward, as Nava was a big disappointment for them.

The Los Angeles Angels release Quintin Berry

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 22 August 2016 at 2:28 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have released 31-year old lefty swinging outfielder Quintin Berry.  Berry played in 100 games in AAA-ball for the Angels in 2016 and he was 93 of 345 (.270 avg, .672 OPS) with 46 runs scored, 1 homer, 32 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  Berry has played in 125 games in his four years in the show and he is 80 of 302 (.265 avg, .704 OPS) with 53 runs scored, 3 homers, 33 RBIs and 27 stolen bases.  The Angels weren’t going to call Berry up any time soon, so they essentially did him a favor by letting him go right now.

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