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 deal Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 4:38 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have dealt 32-year old righty reliever Joe Smith to the Chicago Cubs for 20-year old righty starter/reliever Jesus Castillo.

Smith pitched in 38 games (0 starts) for the Angels this year and he was 1-4 with 6 saves, a 3.82 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP.  He gave up 36 hits and 13 walks while whiffing 25 batters in his 37 2/3 innings for the Angels this year.  Smith pitched in 184 games (0 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 13-11 with 26 saves, a 2.89 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP.

Castillo pitched in 7 games (all starts) in A-ball for the Cubs this year and he was 2-3 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.  He gave up 28 hits and 11 walks while whiffing 38 batters in his 33 innings in the minors this year.  Castillo has now pitched in 48 games (23 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 6-11 with a 4.12 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP.

While it hurts to see Joe Smith go, this was the right thing to do.  The Angels need to start rebuilding their minor league system, which is in awful shape right now.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer from the Twins

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 1 August 2016 at 4:30 pm

The Los Angeles Angels acquire 33-year old righty starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco and 26-year old righty starting pitcher Alex Meyer from the Minnesota Twins for 28-year old lefty starting pitcher Hector Santiago and 25-year old righty reliever Allen Busenitz.

Nolasco pitched in 21 games (all starts) for the Twins this year and he was 4-8 with a 5.13 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP.  He gave up 139 hits and 29 walks while whiffing 93 batters in his 124 2/3 innings for the Twins this year.  Nolasco has now pitched in 286 games (268 starts) in his first 11 years in the show and he is 104-97 with a 4.58 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He will take over for Santiago in the Angels’ rotation moving forward.  Meyer was the key to this deal for the Angels, as he came into this season as the Twins’ #12 prospect according to Baseball America.  Meyer pitched in 2 games (1 start) for the Twins this year and he was 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA and a 3.27 WHIP.  He also has pitched in 3 games (2 starts) in AAA-ball for the Twins this year in which he is 1-1 with a 1.04 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP.  Meyer’s shoulder has been barking and he has not pitched since May.  Meyer has now pitched in 4 games (1 start) in his first two years in the show and he is 0-1 with a 14.21 ERA and a 3.00 WHIP.  Meyer has also pitched in 109 games (78 starts) in his first five years in the minors and he is 26-22 with 1 save, a 3.40 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.

Santiago pitched in 22 games (all starts) for the Angels this year and he was 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  He gave up 104 hits (20 homers), a A.L. leading 57 walks and he whiffed 107 batters in 120 2/3 innings for the Angels this year.  Santiago pitched in 85 games (78 starts) in his three years with the Angels and he was 25-22 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP.  Santiago was an All-Star for the Angels in 2015.  Busenitz pitched in 34 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Angels this year and he was 0-2 with 3 saves, a 3.55 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.

Well, the Angels are betting on Alex Meyer turning into a good Major League starting pitcher in the near future, because dealing Santiago for Nolasco doesn’t make much sense to me.

The Los Angeles Angels DFA Kyle Kubitza

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 13 June 2016 at 7:46 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have designated 25-year old lefty swinging 3B Kyle Kubitza for assignment.  Kubitza played in 54 games in AAA-ball this year for the Angels and he was 47 of 186 (.253 avg, .714 OPS) with 22 runs scored, 2 homers, 19 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He played in 19 games for the Angels last year in his first taste of the show and he was 7 for 36 (.194 avg, .451 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.  Kubitza came into this season as the Angels’ #16 prospect, so he probably won’t make it through waivers….so they should try to deal him.

UPDATE:  (6/21/2016) – The Angels have dealt Kyle Kubitza to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Jose Valdez from the Tigers

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at 7:31 am

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 26-year old righty reliever Jose Valdez from the Detroit Tigers for cash considerations.  Valdez pitched in 16 games (0 starts) in AA+AAA-ball for the Tigers earlier this year and he was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.60 WHIP.  Valdez pitched in 7 games (0 starts) for the Tigers last year in his first taste of the majors and he was 0-1 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP.  Valdez was worth taking a flier on, as I always like deals where you are only giving up cash considerations.

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Ryan Jackson from the Phillies

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 3:33 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 28-year old righty swinging SS Ryan Jackson from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations.  Jackson played in 30 games in AAA-ball for the Phillies earlier this year and he was 18 for 84 (.214 avg, .585 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 0 homers, 7 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Jackson played in 22 games for the Angels last year and he was 0 for 9 (.000 avg, .100 OPS).  He has now played in 42 games in his first three years in the show and he is 2 for 33 (.061 avg, .175 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 0 RBIs.  He will start this stint with the Angels in AAA-ball.

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Jhoulys Chacin from the Braves

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors,Trades by joelapinski on Wednesday 11 May 2016 at 1:04 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 28-year old righty starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin from the Atlanta Braves for 23-year old lefty reliever Andy McCreery.  Chacin pitched in 5 games (all starts) for the Braves this year and he was 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 134 games (118 starts) in his first eight years in the show and he is 41-51 with a 3.82 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP.  Those are pretty darn good numbers when you consider that he pitched with the Colorado Rockies in his first six years in the show.  He will immediately join the Angels’ rotation.  McCreery had not pitched in the minors yet this year.  He pitched in 31 games (0 starts) in his two years in the minors for the Angels and he was 1-1 with a 3.55 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.  This was an excellent deal for the Angels!

The Los Angeles Angels acquire Brendan Ryan from the Nationals

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 10 May 2016 at 4:14 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 34-year old righty swinging SS Brendan Ryan from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.  Ryan played in 21 games in AAA-ball for the Nationals this year and he was 20 for 76 (.263 avg, .686 OPS) with 7 runs scored, 1 homer, 8 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  Ryan has played in 879 games in his first nine years in the majors and he is 603 of 2,578 (.234 avg, .610 OPS) with 303 runs scored, 19 homers, 203 RBIs and 67 stolen bases.  Ryan will share time with Cliff Pennington and Johnny Giavotella at 2B and SS.  Ryan is a whiz with the glove, but he isn’t much of a hitter.

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Chris Jones from the Orioles

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Tuesday 29 March 2016 at 7:55 pm

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired 27-year old lefty reliever/starter Chris Jones from the Baltimore Orioles for 20-year old lefty swinging outfielder Natanael Delgado and 22-year old switch-hitting 2B/SS Erick Salcedo.  Jones pitched in 30 games (22 starts) in AAA-ball for the Orioles last year and he was 8-8 with a 2.94 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 256 games (62 starts) in his first nine years in the minors and he is 44-40 with 7 saves and a 3.35 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  Jones will get a shot in the bullpen for the Angels at some point in 2016.  He might even be in the pen on Opening Day.  Delgado came into 2016 as the Angels’ #29 prospect according to Baseball America.  He played in 108 games in A-ball for the Angels last year and he was 99 of 411 (.241 avg, .631 OPS) with 32 runs scored, 6 homers, 46 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  Salcedo played in 95 games in A+AA+AAA-ball for the Angels last year and he was 65 of 280 (.232 avg, .535 OPS) with 38 runs scored, 0 homers, 16 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.  The Angels made a good deal here, as Jones might be able to help them right away in 2016.

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