The Los Angeles Angels sign Daniel Stange

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 23 June 2013 at 11:26 am

The Angels have signed 27-year old righty reliever Daniel Stange to a minor league deal.  Stange pitched in 26 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Padres earlier this year and he was 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA and a 1.49 WHIP.  He got his first and only taste of the majors back in 2010 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Stange pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the D-Backs in 2010 and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP.  Stange might get a shot for the Angels later this year, if he looks good in AAA for them first.

The Los Angeles Angels sign outfielder Luis Montanez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 5:38 pm

The Angels have signed 31-year old righty swinging outfielder Luis Montanez to a minor league deal.  He played in 52 games in Independent ball earlier this year and he was 63 of 201 (.313 avg, .837 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 6 homers, 41 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  He last played in the majors back in 2011 with the Cubs.  Montanez has played in 129 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 68 for 305 (.223 avg, .586 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 5 homers, 32 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Montanez could get another shot at the majors later this year with the Angels if he hits well for them in the minors.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Mike Ekstrom

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 17 June 2013 at 9:46 am

The Angels have signed 29-year old righty reliever Mike Ekstrom to a minor league deal.  Ekstrom pitched in 21 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the A’s earlier this year and he was 1-1 with 3 saves, a 5.10 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the Rockies.  Ekstrom has now pitched in 51 games (0 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 0-3 with a 5.61 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  Ekstrom will have to pitch well in AAA if he wants to get a shot with the Angels later on in 2013.

UPDATE:  (8/8/2013) – The Angels have released Mike Ekstrom.  He pitched in 17 games (0 starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels and he was 2-2 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Dustin Richardson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 15 June 2013 at 3:03 pm

The Angels have signed 29-year old lefty reliever Dustin Richardson to a minor league deal.  Richardson just got finished serving a 50-game PED suspension.  He pitched in 6 games (1 start) in Independent ball this year and he was 0-0 with a 1.04 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP.  He last pitched in the majors back in 2009 with the Boston Red Sox.  Richardson has pitched in 29 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the majors and he is 0-0 with a 3.31 ERA and a 2.02 WHIP.  Richardson will have to work his way to Los Angeles by pitching well in the minors.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Chris Nelson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 10 June 2013 at 2:26 pm

The Angels have designated 27-year old righty swinging Chris Nelson for assignment.  Nelson has played in 7 games for the Angels this year and he is 3 for 9 (.333 avg, .667 OPS) with 2 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Nelson has played in 38 games overall this year for the Rockies, Yankees and Angels in which he is 27 of 111 (.243 avg, .580 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Nelson’s roster spot was needed for outfielder Peter Bourjos, who has been activated from the D.L.

UPDATE:  (6/13/2013) – Chris Nelson has accepted an outright assignment to AAA from the Angels after he cleared waivers.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Mark Lowe

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 31 May 2013 at 8:05 pm

The Angels have designated 29-year old righty reliever Mark Lowe for assignment.  Lowe pitched in 11 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 1-0 with a 9.26 ERA and a 1.89 WHIP.  Lowe gave up 11 hits and he walked 11 batters in his 11 2/3 innings with the Angels in which he whiffed 7 batters.  Lowe has now pitched in 264 games (0 starts) in his first 8 years in the majors and he is 8-20 with 5 saves, a 4.17 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  Some team will probably snap up Lowe off waivers.

The Los Angeles Angels release Kip Wells

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 31 May 2013 at 8:02 pm

The Angels have released 36-year old righty starting pitcher Kip Wells.  Wells pitched in 6 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 1-3 with a 10.36 ERA and a 2.34 WHIP.  He gave up 35 hits (4 homers), walked 9 batters and he whiffed 22 batters in 24 1/3 innings in the minors this year, as he was hit pretty damn hard.  Wells has pitched in 296 games (219 starts) in his 12 years in the majors and he is 69-103 with 2 saves, a 4.71 ERA and a 1.51 WHIP.  This could be the end of Wells’ baseball career.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Billy Buckner

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 27 May 2013 at 6:35 am

The Angels have designated 29-year old righty starting pitcher Billy Buckner for assignment.  Buckner started 1 game for the Angels this year and he was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.  He has also pitched in 8 games (all starts) in AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 4-2 with a 4.56 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP.  Buckner has now pitched in 37 games (22 starts) in his first five years in the majors and he is 7-11 with a 6.03 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.  The Angels are trying to sneak Buckner through waivers, as they likely want to keep him in AAA.

UPDATE:  (5/31/2013) – Billy Buckner cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA-ball by the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 3B Chris Nelson off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 18 May 2013 at 2:43 pm

The Angels have claimed 27-year old righty swinging 3B Chris Nelson off waivers from the Rockies.  Nelson has played in 31 games for the Rockies and Yankees so far this year and he is 24 of 102 (.235 avg, .572 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers and 6 RBIs.  Nelson has played in 222 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 180 of 652 (.276 avg, .726 OPS) with 81 runs scored, 13 homers, 75 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  Nelson might eat into Alberto Callaspo’s P.T. a little bit at 3B.  This was a good pickup for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Scott Cousins

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 18 May 2013 at 2:39 pm

The Angels have designated 28-year old lefty swinging outfielder Scott Cousins for assignment.  Cousins played in 7 games for the Angels this year and he was 0 for 4 (.000 avg, .200 OPS) with 1 run scored.  He has now played in 135 games in his first four years in the majors and he is 32 for 179 (.179 avg, .515 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 2 homers, 9 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  If Cousins gets claimed on waivers or leaves as a free agent, it won’t be much of a loss for the Angels.

UPDATE:  (5/22/2013) – Scott Cousins cleared waivers and he has been outrighted to AAA-ball by the Angels.

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