The Los Angeles Angeles DFA Rafael Ortega

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 6:47 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 25-year old lefty swinging outfielder Rafael Ortega for assignment.  Ortega played in 66 games for the Angels last year and he was 43 of 185 (.232 avg, .575 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBI and 8 stolen bases.  He has now played in 68 games in his first two years in the show and he is 45 of 189 (.238 avg, .590 OPS) with 24 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBI and 9 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Jesse Chavez

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 12 November 2016 at 6:43 am

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 33-year old righty reliever/starter Jesse Chavez to a 1-year, $5.75 million dollar deal.  He will be used as a starting pitcher for the Angels, at least that is the plan.  Chavez pitched in 62 games (0 starts) for the Blue Jays and Dodgers last year in which he was 2-2 with a 4.43 EA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He gave up 71 hits (12 homers) and 18 walks while whiffing 63 batters in his 67 innings pitched in the show last year, so he got hit pretty hard.  Chavez has now pitched in 315 games (49 starts) in his first 9 years in the show and he is 26-40 with 2 saves, a 4.54 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP.  In his 49 starts so far in this career, Chavez is 15-23 with a 4.14 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Shane Robinson

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 10:03 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 32-year old righty swinging outfielder Shane Robinson for assignment.  Robinson played in 65 games for the Angels last year and he was 17 of 98 (.173 avg, .492 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 1 homer, 10 RBI and 3 stolen bases.  Robinson has now played in 416 games in his first 7 years in the show and he is 155 of 680 (.228 avg, .597 OPS) with 90 runs scored, 6 homers, 63 RBI and 16 stolen bases.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Angels.

UPDATE:  (11/17/2016) – Shane Robinson has rejected an outright assignment to AAA, so he will become a free agent this winter.

UPDATE II:  (11/22/2016) – The Angels have re-signed Shane Robinson to a minor league deal.

The Los Angeles Angels re-sign Andrew Bailey

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 9 November 2016 at 10:00 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have re-signed 32-year old righty reliever Andrew Bailey to a 1-year deal.  Bailey pitched in 12 games (0 starts) for the Angels last year and he was 0-0 with a 2.38 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  He gave up 9 hits and 2 walks while whiffing 8 batters in 11 1/3 innings for the Angels last year.  Bailey pitched in 45 games (0 starts) overall last year for the Angels and Phillies in which he was 3-1 with 6 saves, a 5.36 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Bailey has now pitched in 261 games (0 starts) in his first 7 years in the show and he is 14-14 with 95 saves, a 3.16 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP.  Bailey was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2009.  He was also an All-Star in both 2009 and 2010 for the A’s.  Injuries have held him back the last few years, but if he can stay healthy in 2017, he might have a surprising bounce back kind of year!

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Cory Rasmus

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at 11:54 am

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 29-year old righty reliever Cory Rasmus for assignment.  Rasmus pitched in 19 games (1 start) for the Angels last year and he was 0-2 with a 5.84 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  He gave up 25 hits (4 homers) and 16 walks while whiffing 17 batters in his 24 2/3 innings for the Angels last year.  Rasmus pitched in 81 games (8 starts) in his four years with the Angels and he is 4-5 with a 3.95 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  This isn’t much of a loss moving forward for the Angels, as they have been picking up a lot of relief pitchers the last couple of weeks.

UPDATE:  (11/17/2016) – Cory Rasmus has rejected an outright assignment to AAA, so he will become a free agent this winter.

The Los Angeles Angels sign Justin Miller

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at 8:46 am

The Los Angeles Angels have signed 29-year old righty reliever Justin Miller to a minor league deal.  Miller pitched in 40 games (0 starts) for the Colorado Rockies last year and he was 1-1 with a 5.70 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP.  He gave up 50 hits and 20 walks while whiffing 45 batters in his 42 2/3 innings for the Rockies last year.  Miller has now pitched in 82 games (0 starts) in his first three years in the show and he is 5-4 with 1 save, a 4.99 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Miller might really respond to a change in scenery, as he pitched half of his games in Coors Field the last three years.  I like this pickup for the Rockies.

The Los Angeles Angels pick up the 2017 option for Yunel Escobar

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 7 November 2016 at 10:05 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have exercised their 2017 option on 34-year old righty swinging 3B Yunel Escobar, valued at $7 million bucks.  Escobar played in 132 games last year in his first season with the Angels and he was 157 of 517 (.304 avg, .745 OPS) with 68 runs scored, 5 homers and 39 RBI.  Escobar has now played in 1,345 games in his first 10 years in the show and he is 1,405 of 4,965 (.283 avg, .736 OPS) with 646 runs scored, 83 homers, 488 RBI and 33 stolen bases.  This was a smart move for the Angels, as Escobar had a solid year for them in 2016.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Vicente Campos off waivers from the Diamondbacks

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Saturday 5 November 2016 at 2:38 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 24-year old righty starting pitcher Vicente Campos off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Campos pitched in 1 game out of the pen (his Major League debut) for the D-Backs last year and he was 0-0 with a 3.18 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP.  Campos also pitched in 25 games (all starts) in A+AA+AAA-ball last year and he was 10-5 with a 3.22 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  Campos gave up 125 hits and 43 walks while whiffing 120 batters in his 142 2/3 innings in the minors last year.  Campos came into the 2016 season as the Yankees’ #20 prospect according to Baseball America.  The Angels will likely give Campos a shot to compete for a spot in the rotation in spring training!

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Cameron Maybin from the Tigers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 7:44 am

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 29-year old righty swinging outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers for 23-year old righty starter/reliever Victor Alcantara.  After acquiring Maybin, they instantly picked up his option for the 2017 season, valued at $9 million bucks.  Maybin played in 94 games last year for the Tigers and he was 110 of 349 (.315 avg, .801 OPS) with 65 runs scored, 4 homers, 43 RBI and 15 stolen bases.  Maybin has now played in 796 games in his first 10 years in the show and he is 706 of 2,727 (.259 avg, .694 OPS) with 403 runs scored, 46 homers, 252 RBI and 131 stolen bases.  Maybin will instantly fill the Black Hole that was left field for the Angels in 2017!  He will improve them both offensively and defensively in 2017, as he is a natural center fielder.

Alcantara came into the 2016 season as the Angels’ #4 prospect according to Baseball America.  He pitched in 29 games (20 starts) in AA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 3-7 with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  Alcantara gave up 106 hits and 57 walks while whiffing 79 batters in 111 innings in the minors last year.  Alcantara pitched in 114 games (93 starts) in his five years in the minors for the Angels and he was 24-34 with 1 save, a 4.60 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.  He has not shown much improvement over the years in the minors for the Angels, despite having a great arm.  I love this deal for the Angels, as it shows that they are serious about winning again in 2017.

The Los Angeles Angels claim Abel De Los Santos off waivers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Waiver Claims by joelapinski on Friday 28 October 2016 at 10:20 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have claimed 23-year old righty reliever Abel De Los Santos off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds.  De Los Santos pitched in 5 games (0 starts) for the Reds last year and he was 0-0 with a 11.12 ER and a 1.94 WHIP.  He also pitched in 46 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Reds and Nationals last year and he was 2-3 with 8 saves, a 2.81 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  De Los Santos gave up 45 hits and 30 walks while whiffing 64 batters in his 57 2/3 innings in the minors this year.  He has now pitched in 7 games (0 starts) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-0 with a 9.82 ERA and a 1.91 WHIP.  De Los Santos has a good arm, so he’s worth taking a flier on.

UPDATE:  (11/22/2016) – The Angels have designated Abel De Los Santos for assignment.

UPDATE:  (11/25/2016) – The Angels have outrighted Abel De Los Santos to AAA.

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