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Health of pitching rotation will be key to Angels' success in 2017

The Angels’ undoing last season, they maintained amid it and after it, was the lack of health of their starting rotation. The key to their success this season, General Manager Billy Eppler is now saying, will be the health of their starting rotation. “Let’s call it what it is,” Eppler said. “If...

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  • Owner Arte Moreno believes Angels can compete

    Owner Arte Moreno believes Angels can compete

    Sixty-nine Angels gathered Saturday at Tempe Diablo Stadium for their first full-squad workout of 2017.  Unseasonable rain pounding the Phoenix area nixed that. But, in a rare instance of public comment, their owner, Arte Moreno expressed excitement about the Angels’ chances this season. He said...

  • Angels to stay in Anaheim through at least 2029

    Angels to stay in Anaheim through at least 2029

    In his first news conference since October 2015, Angels owner Arte Moreno said Saturday that his team is staying at Angel Stadium for the foreseeable future. The franchise holds the right to opt out of its Angel Stadium lease in 2019 and has long been considering a move within Orange County around...

  • Angels' Andrew Heaney won't rule out return from surgery this season

    Angels' Andrew Heaney won't rule out return from surgery this season

    Andrew Heaney has already played catch at least 20 times this year, from farther and farther distances. His recovery from Tommy John surgery is humming along at its expected pace. The timing of that operation and his continued progress has created an interesting question: Could the Angels’ left-hander possibly...

  • After losing weight, Angels' Huston Street is ready to shed a difficult 2016 season

    After losing weight, Angels' Huston Street is ready to shed a difficult 2016 season

    As the Angels assembled for their first team meeting of 2017 this week, their owner filtered through the Tempe Diablo Stadium clubhouse to offer handshakes and salutations across the room. When Arte Moreno reached the locker of Huston Street, the 33-year-old reliever he will pay $9 million this...

  • Angels won't set a specific innings limit for left-hander Tyler Skaggs

    Angels won't set a specific innings limit for left-hander Tyler Skaggs

    Every year, many Angels staffers and players spend spring training at an expansive resort along a golf course near the team’s facilities at Tempe Diablo Stadium. As his teammates traversed the 2016 regular season, Tyler Skaggs spent six extra weeks there last May and June, marooned at extended...

  • MLB report: Families of men killed with Jose Fernandez file lawsuits

    MLB report: Families of men killed with Jose Fernandez file lawsuits

    The families of the two men who were with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty — killing all three — are suing the All-Star's estate.  Attorney Christopher Royer, who is representing the families of 25-year-old Eduardo Rivero and 27-year-old Emilio...

  • Several big-name players with big-money pedigrees still available in MLB free-agent market

    Several big-name players with big-money pedigrees still available in MLB free-agent market

    If you were a fan of the Angels’ 2013 rotation, you could acquire a big chunk of it for a fraction of what the team paid four years ago. Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Joe Blanton and Jerome Williams, who made 102 starts in Anaheim while commanding $35.5 million in salary in 2013, are still available...

  • Angels' Matt Shoemaker feels good as he comes back from line drive to the head and brain surgery

    Angels' Matt Shoemaker feels good as he comes back from line drive to the head and brain surgery

    Matt Shoemaker and his wife were raised near Detroit and they do not intend to move from the area any time soon, but spending baseball off-seasons in the cold presents problems. Most weekdays, the Angels right-hander makes the 35-minute drive from his suburban home to the campus of either Wayne...

  • Angels acquire right-handed pitcher Austin Adams from Indians

    Angels acquire right-handed pitcher Austin Adams from Indians

    The Angels on Friday agreed to send a player to be named later or cash to Cleveland in exchange for right-hander Austin Adams. Adams, 30, has a 6.29 earned-run average in 53 career appearances, all in relief. He split last season between the Indians and their triple-A affiliate. To make room for...

  • 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...

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