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  • Clayton Kershaw won't pitch in World Baseball Classic

    Clayton Kershaw won't pitch in World Baseball Classic

    The best pitcher on the planet will not play in the sport’s premier international competition. The World Baseball Classic rosters were announced Wednesday, and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was not included on the United States roster.  The best player in baseball, Angels outfielder Mike Trout, also...

  • Angels move Alfredo Griffin back to first-base coach role

    Angels move Alfredo Griffin back to first-base coach role

    The Angels will replace Gary DiSarcina as their first-base coach by moving Alfredo Griffin back to the role he held for 16 seasons, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday. DiSarcina, a longtime club shortstop, departed to become Boston’s bench coach in November. Griffin, himself a former shortstop,...

  • Angels could quietly be building a playoff contender

    Angels could quietly be building a playoff contender

    The anticipation is so great among Dodgers fans that nearly 30,000 fans showed up at Dodger Stadium on a Saturday in January. Not for a game. For a party — for balloons, music, autographs and interviews. The Dodgers have won the National League West four years running. They still have Clayton Kershaw,...

  • Angels sign pitcher Bud Norris, invite him to spring training

    Angels sign pitcher Bud Norris, invite him to spring training

    The Angels on Monday agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Bud Norris, General Manager Billy Eppler confirmed. The contract includes an invitation to big league spring training, where Norris can compete for a spot in the club’s starting rotation. Norris, 31, spent last season...

  • Letters: Are these the Lakers or the losing 49ers?

    Letters: Are these the Lakers or the losing 49ers?

    After Sunday’s defeat by 49 points, the Lakers stood tall together and proclaimed, “Nobody beats the Lakers by 50 points.” Paul Kessler Century City :: In a Jan. 24 story about the Lakers,  Luke Walton said his team was better than it showed, knew the amount of work his team was putting in and...

  • Angels sign Luis Valbuena, their probable opening-day first baseman

    Angels sign Luis Valbuena, their probable opening-day first baseman

    Luis Valbuena languished on the free-agent market into the new year, but he figures to be the Angels’ opening-day first baseman. The Angels made their signing of Valbuena official Tuesday, a two-year contract for a guaranteed $15 million with a mutual option for the 2019 season, and General Manager...

  • Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

    Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

    Yordano Ventura, an excitable pitcher with an electric fastball who helped the Kansas City Royals to their first World Series championship in 30 years, died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic early Sunday. He was 25. The Royals nicknamed him “Ace” not as a label but as a reference to the...

  • Angels agree to a deal with infielder Luis Valbuena

    Angels agree to a deal with infielder Luis Valbuena

    The Angels have agreed to a multiyear contract with veteran power-hitting infielder Luis Valbuena, according to a source who requested anonymity because the deal is not finalized. The deal is believed to contain an option for an additional season. Valbuena must still undergo a physical examination;...

  • Angels and Kole Calhoun agree on three-year contract extension

    Angels and Kole Calhoun agree on three-year contract extension

    The Angels and right fielder Kole Calhoun have agreed on a three-year, $26-million contract extension. The deal includes a club option for the 2020 season, which would have been his first year of free agency. Calhoun, 29, can make an additional $14 million if the option is exercised. The sides...

  • Look for Tim Raines to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Vladimir Guerrero is on the bubble

    Look for Tim Raines to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Vladimir Guerrero is on the bubble

    By the imperfect standard of Hall of Fame voting, Ken Griffey Jr. might be considered the most well-regarded baseball player of all time. Griffey received a record 99.3% of the vote last year, three votes shy of becoming the first player to be elected unanimously. Chipper Jones might get 100% of...

  • Angels agree to contracts with all five arbitration-eligible players

    Angels agree to contracts with all five arbitration-eligible players

    The Angels have agreed to contracts with all five of their arbitration-eligible players for 2017. The team agreed to terms Friday with right fielder Kole Calhoun for $6.35 million, right-hander Garrett Richards for $6.85 million, right-hander Matt Shoemaker for $3.325 million and catcher Martin...

  • Justin Turner: I had offers from others, but not from Angels

    Justin Turner: I had offers from others, but not from Angels

    Justin Turner wanted to return to the Dodgers, and the Dodgers wanted him back. But Turner said he considered offers from “a few” other teams before signing a four-year, $64-million contract with the Dodgers. “It’s obviously flattering to be wanted,” Turner said Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. “At...

  • Angels sign Ben Revere to one-year contract

    Angels sign Ben Revere to one-year contract

    The Angels on Friday signed Ben Revere to a one-year contract to be their top reserve across the outfield. The deal is worth $4 million, plus incentives that could be worth more than $2 million. General Manager Billy Eppler has said all off-season he desired a fourth outfielder, and he now has...

  • MLB notes: Rod Carew receives new heart and kidney

    MLB notes: Rod Carew receives new heart and kidney

    Former Angels infielder Rod Carew underwent successful heart and kidney transplant surgery Friday and is expected to make a full recovery. The Minnesota Twins said that the procedure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles lasted 13 hours. “We are overwhelmed with emotions right now — joy,...

  • Angels make a catching swap for Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado

    Angels make a catching swap for Milwaukee's Martin Maldonado

    The Angels acquired veteran catcher Martin Maldonado from Milwaukee on Tuesday in exchange for a younger player at the same position, Jett Bandy, who broke out this summer before fading in September. The Angels also received a right-handed relief prospect, Long Beach State product Drew Gagnon,...

  • Trade is a homecoming for new Anaheim Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa

    Trade is a homecoming for new Anaheim Angels second baseman Danny Espinosa

    Danny Espinosa did not ask for a trade from the only major league organization he'd ever known, but he was happy to hear that the Washington Nationals had traded him to the Angels on Saturday. He said during a conference call with reporters Monday that it was nice to feel wanted. The Angels are...

  • Angels acquire infielder Danny Espinosa from Nationals

    Angels acquire infielder Danny Espinosa from Nationals

    The Angels acquired infielder Danny Espinosa from the Washington Nationals for two prospects on Saturday, plugging a gaping hole at second base with a short-term solution. Washington will receive minor leaguers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin. Neither 25-year-old was considered one of the Angels’...

  • Letters: Rams' fans have one question about Jeff Fisher's extension: Why?

    Letters: Rams' fans have one question about Jeff Fisher's extension: Why?

    Wow, this fake news epidemic has now hit our Rams. But this one is really unbelievable. I mean, seriously who would ever believe that the Rams have actually given Jeff Fisher a contract extension? Greg Nersesyan North Hollywood  :: That thud you heard was the bottom dropping out of Rams season-ticket...

  • Angels conclude winter meetings without making a move

    Angels conclude winter meetings without making a move

    From Game 162 until the morning pitchers and catchers must report to Tempe Diablo Stadium for spring training in early February, the Angels’ off-season will span more than four months. Most of those days will be filled with inaction.  But the ethos of the annual winter meetings runs counter to...

  • Angels Manager Mike Scioscia continues to believe in set roles for his relievers

    Angels Manager Mike Scioscia continues to believe in set roles for his relievers

    Across baseball, the idea of more versatile, flexible bullpens is gaining traction, pushed along by several teams’ successful experimentation in this year’s postseason. It’s been the sport’s custom in recent decades, but a team’s most effective reliever need not always be reserved for the ninth...

  • Angels have plenty of rotation options for 2017

    Angels have plenty of rotation options for 2017

    Naming them all took more than a minute. Twelve men have some chance to open 2016 in the Angels’ starting rotation, and Billy Eppler methodically went through them Tuesday evening in his Winter Meetings hotel room at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. It is essentially eight pitchers...

  • Angels' Billy Eppler hopes for better team health next season, and some pitching depth

    Angels' Billy Eppler hopes for better team health next season, and some pitching depth

    The Angels are operating at MLB’s winter meetings as if they are a pinch and a pluck away from being a contender next season. Second-year General Manager Billy Eppler has said nothing that would indicate otherwise. “Health,” Eppler said when asked Monday about the factors that will control the...

  • Angels look to make tweaks at MLB winter meetings

    Angels look to make tweaks at MLB winter meetings

    The Angels lost 88 times this year and have committed only about $15 million to new acquisitions this off-season, but they do not have many traditional holes to fill in the two months that remain until spring training begins. They have starting pitchers they favor for next season’s starting rotation;...

  • Angels' Albert Pujols has foot surgery, expected to be out four months

    Angels' Albert Pujols has foot surgery, expected to be out four months

    Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols underwent surgery on his right plantar fascia Friday, after a conservative approach to his painful injury failed to produce positive results. The tense ligament bothered him for much of the year, but particularly after August, when he wore orthotics that had...

  • The Dodgers are winners in the new MLB labor deal

    The Dodgers are winners in the new MLB labor deal

    One of the silliest experiments in baseball history died painlessly late Wednesday night.  No one mourned. The “This Time It Counts” fiasco — trying to legislate meaning to the All-Star Game by giving the winning league the home-field edge in the World Series — passed away after 14 years. The stunt...

  • Why MLB labor talks are down to their last day

    Why MLB labor talks are down to their last day

    Baseball has enjoyed labor peace for 21 years, largely because the owners abandoned their pursuit of a salary cap. If a sport awash in money shuts down Wednesday night, it might well be because the players believe the owners want to get dangerously close to the equivalent of a salary cap. Baseball’s...

  • Angels move to protect prospects at Rule 5 draft deadline

    Angels move to protect prospects at Rule 5 draft deadline

    The Angels made several roster moves Friday to comply with Major League Baseball’s deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft. They added left-hander Nate Smith and right-handers Eduardo Paredes, Keynan Middleton and Austin Adams to their 40-man roster, designated right-handers...

  • Comparing Mike Trout with Mickey Mantle

    Comparing Mike Trout with Mickey Mantle

    Mickey Mantle won his first Most Valuable Player award after his sixth major league season. On Thursday, Mike Trout won his second award after his sixth season. It is a rare instance of far-fetched predictions proving true. In the summer of 2010, when Trout was an 18-year-old dominating Class-A...

  • Angels star Mike Trout wins American League MVP award

    Angels star Mike Trout wins American League MVP award

    Conflicting convictions swirled around Mike Trout’s mind as the Angels center fielder awaited Thursday’s most valuable player announcement from his parents’ living room in Millville, N.J.  One segment of his brain assured him he would win; he had the best season. Another, more vehement fragment...

  • Angels sign Jesse Chavez, hope to use him in starting rotation

    Angels sign Jesse Chavez, hope to use him in starting rotation

    The Angels on Friday agreed to sign swingman right-hander Jesse Chavez to a one-year contract worth $5.75 million with additional available incentives for starting games, according to a source who requested anonymity because the deal is not yet official. The 33-year-old San Gabriel native will...

  • Angels lose first-base coach Gary DiSarcina to Boston Red Sox

    Angels lose first-base coach Gary DiSarcina to Boston Red Sox

    Longtime Angels shortstop and subsequent coach Gary DiSarcina left the organization for the Boston Red Sox on Friday. He’ll serve as the bench coach in Boston, replacing Torey Lovullo, who left last week to be the Arizona Diamondbacks’ manager. DiSarcina played for the Angels from 1989-2000. The...

  • Dodgers' Corey Seager, Angels' Mike Trout among Silver Slugger Award winners

    Dodgers' Corey Seager, Angels' Mike Trout among Silver Slugger Award winners

    Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager and Angels center fielder Mike Trout were among the 18 players who were chosen for the Silver Slugger Awards, it was announced Thursday by Major League Baseball. The Silver Slugger is an annual award, sponsored by Louisville Slugger, given to the top hitters...

  • He has always been there for fans, and now writer Joe Resnick receives honors he earned

    He has always been there for fans, and now writer Joe Resnick receives honors he earned

    Joe Resnick has died at the age of 62. He passed away Nov. 20, 2016 after a six-month struggle with cancer. This column about his life and career first appeared in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 10. He spent his life perched in the corner of the Dodgers’ press box, behind a Staples Center press...

  • Angels, who re-sign Andrew Bailey, could be frugal in free-agent signings

    Angels, who re-sign Andrew Bailey, could be frugal in free-agent signings

    During the 2011 and 2012 off-seasons, the Angels committed nearly $500 million to major league free agents. In the three subsequent off-seasons, they guaranteed less than $30 million to free agents. The winter of 2016 may prove to include more of the same relative frugality. The franchise’s owner,...

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