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Bobby Cassevah elects to leave the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Saturday 2 March 2013 at 4:23 pm

27-year old righty reliever Bobby Cassevah has rejected an outright assignment to the minors from the Angels and he has become a free agent.  Cassevah pitched in 4 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 1-0 with a 7.20 ERA and a 2.20 WHIP.  He also pitched in 49 games (0 starts) in A+AAA-ball last year for the Angels and he was 4-1 with 11 saves, a 5.79 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  Cassevah pitched in 50 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 3-3 with a 3.20 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  This is not a big loss for the Angels.

Alberto Callaspo will be starting at 3B for the Los Angeles Angels again in 2013

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Monday 18 February 2013 at 3:17 pm

29-year old switch-hitting 3B Alberto Callaspo will be the full-time starter in 2013.  He played in 138 games for the Angels last year and he was 115 of 457 (.252 avg, .692 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 10 homers, 53 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  Callaspo played in 131 games (122 starts) for the Angels at 3B last year and he had 12 errors there while showing average range.  Callaspo has now played in 733 games in his first seven years in the majors and he is 680 of 2,469 (.275 avg, .719 OPS) with 282 runs scored, 37 homers, 257 RBIs and 22 stolen bases.  33-year old righty swinging Bill Hall could make the team and be Callaspo’s backup, if he has a good spring.  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 last year in which he was 84 of 342 (.246 avg, .730 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 15 homers, 45 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Hall has now 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.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE THIRD BASEMEN IN 2013:  C+

The Los Angeles Angels sign Chad Cordero

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Thursday 14 February 2013 at 8:03 am

The Angels have signed 30-year old righty reliever Chad Cordero to a minor league deal.  Cordero did not pitch at all last year.  Cordero last pitched in the majors back in 2010 with the Seattle Mariners.  Cordero has pitched in 314 games (0 starts) in his first seven years in the majors and he is 20-15 with 128 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  He led the major leagues in saves back in 2005 with the Washington Nationals (47).  It never hurts to give a guy like Cordero a chance to see if he has anything left in the gas tank.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Hiroyuki Kobayashi to a minor league deal

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by joelapinski on Friday 1 February 2013 at 1:40 pm

The Angels have signed 34-year old righty reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi to a minor league deal.  He didn’t pitch at all last year.  In  his last six years in Japan, Kobayashi has pitched in 171 games (68 starts) and he is 26-36 with 29 saves, a 3.65 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP.  Kobayashi will be a longshot to win a spot in the Angels’ bullpen this spring.

UPDATE:  (3/4/2013) - The Angels have released Hiroyuki Kobayashi.

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 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.

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.

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