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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...

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  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • Right now, Angels have four established starting pitchers

    Right now, Angels have four established starting pitchers

    Five months before opening day 2017, the Angels have four established starting pitchers and five lesser contenders for the fifth spot in their starting rotation. They must piece together 162 starts from that group and whomever else they can acquire before the season begins. This winter’s free-agent...

  • Angels bring Escobar back; Trout is an MVP finalist for fifth year in a row

    Angels bring Escobar back; Trout is an MVP finalist for fifth year in a row

    The Angels on Monday exercised their option to retain veteran third baseman Yunel Escobar at a $7-million salary for 2017. Had they declined the option, they would have owed him $1 million in severance. Escobar, 34, hit .304 in 132 games for the club last season. He compiled a .355 on-base percentage...

  • Angels claim their fourth pitcher of the off-season off waivers

    Angels claim their fourth pitcher of the off-season off waivers

    The Angels claimed right-handed pitcher Vicente Campos off waivers from Arizona on Friday. It is their fourth successful waiver claim already this off-season. Campos, 24, was a valued prospect with the New York Yankees while Angels General Manager Billy Eppler worked there.  The Yankees traded...

  • Angels acquire outfielder Cameron Maybin in trade with Detroit

    Angels acquire outfielder Cameron Maybin in trade with Detroit

    The Angels acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers for minor league right-hander Victor Alcantara on Thursday, filling for the first time since Josh Hamilton's relapse and subsequent departure their gaping hole in left field. General Manager Billy Eppler said Maybin will play...

  • Letters: No goat, but Dodgers still can't remove the curse of '88

    Letters: No goat, but Dodgers still can't remove the curse of '88

    I do not accept the Chicago Cubs as baseball’s National League champions. The series with the Dodgers was obviously rigged, influenced by the liberal media and Chicago-style scorekeeping. Lock them up! Long live the Dodgers. Lee Klosinski Studio City :: Heading into last Saturday’s Game 6 game...

  • No anger issues here: Cubs let pitcher John Lackey be himself

    No anger issues here: Cubs let pitcher John Lackey be himself

    America will get another chance to see the raging bull that is John Lackey when the Chicago Cubs right-hander starts Game 4 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field Saturday night. Parents watching with young children might want to keep a finger on the mute button. When...

  • Cubs' John Lackey has plenty of experience and passion to make another postseason start

    Cubs' John Lackey has plenty of experience and passion to make another postseason start

    Chicago Cubs Manager Joe Maddon describes the ultra-competitive John Lackey as “a cowboy when he pitches,” and as the veteran right-hander and Texas native has said many times during his 14-year big league career, this ain’t his first rodeo. When Lackey, who turns 38 on Sunday, takes the mound...

  • Angels' Kole Calhoun to undergo surgery

    Angels' Kole Calhoun to undergo surgery

    Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun will undergo core muscle surgery Tuesday in Pennsylvania, the team announced. Angels General Manager Billy Eppler said the surgery was meant to correct an ailment that bothered Calhoun for much of the season. The outfielder visited Dr. William Meyers, a noted specialist...

  • Letters: Parting with Vin Scully is such sweet sorrow

    Letters: Parting with Vin Scully is such sweet sorrow

    How wonderful it was to see and hear Vin Scully`s last game as he capped off an amazing career. How pathetic that for the past three years, the greed and egos of executives have kept this great announcer out of my home.  Thomas A. Hoerber  Valencia :: As a native Angeleno — who has regularly been...

  • Nationals' Trea Turner could be a headache for Dodgers

    Nationals' Trea Turner could be a headache for Dodgers

    If you are a Mission, you are on a mission. The San Antonio Missions are the double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. If you play for San Antonio, your goal is to get to San Diego. Unless, that is, you get swallowed up in an obscure rule. You hear all about playing for the name on the front...

  • Nationals Manager Dusty Baker is experienced, successful and smart ... and those are GOOD things

    Nationals Manager Dusty Baker is experienced, successful and smart ... and those are GOOD things

    The playoffs are about to start, and Dusty Baker’s team is in. If you believe Baker is pleasantly surprised, well, you don’t really know him. “This,” he said Tuesday, “is where I am supposed to be.” The postseason came and went without him the previous two years. So did baseball. He traveled. He...

  • Angels back in playoff contention? It could happen, Scioscia says

    Angels back in playoff contention? It could happen, Scioscia says

    In a conference room inside the Angels’ clubhouse, most remnants of an 88-loss 2016 nowhere to be seen, Manager Mike Scioscia told reporters Tuesday that he was a staunch believer in his team’s potential. “I don’t think we’re as far back as, maybe, the perception is,” Scioscia said. “But yes, we...

  • For the Galaxy, traveling to games is plane exhausting

    For the Galaxy, traveling to games is plane exhausting

    The sold-out flight is already 90 minutes behind schedule by the time Galaxy forward Alan Gordon begins lugging his carry-on bag up the crowded aisle to seat 18C in coach on American Airlines Flight 2462 from Los Angeles to Dallas. A dozen rows away, teammate Landon Donovan is wedged into a middle...

  • Garrett Richards is encouraged by outing in Arizona

    Garrett Richards is encouraged by outing in Arizona

    Twenty-four hours after the Angels’ 2016 season unceremoniously ended in Anaheim, the franchise’s most important game in months was played on an Arizona back field in front of a handful of fans and a bevy of scouts. At exactly 12:30 p.m., Garrett Richards took the mound on Field No. 1 at the Chicago...

  • After sour stint with Angels, Joe Blanton finds 'sweet spot' in Dodgers bullpen

    After sour stint with Angels, Joe Blanton finds 'sweet spot' in Dodgers bullpen

    An injury-marred and rookie-reliant rotation that averaged only 5 1/3 innings a start forced the Dodgers to carry an eight-man bullpen for much of the season, a relief corps that seemed to consist of Kenley Jansen and the seven dwarfed. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound cut-fastball specialist cast a long...

  • Angels end season that went sour from the start

    Angels end season that went sour from the start

    Twenty minutes after midday Sunday at Angel Stadium, his shoulder still throbbing from a 4-day-old fastball, Mike Trout approached the plate and tapped his bat barrel on the home-plate umpire’s left leg, as he does before every game’s first at-bat. For Sunday’s season finale, the retiring Bob Davidson...

  • Mike Trout puts final touches on MVP-caliber season in 8-1 win

    Mike Trout puts final touches on MVP-caliber season in 8-1 win

    Mike Trout stole his 30th base and drove in his 100th run, and the Los Angeles Angels completed their worst season of the 21st century with an 8-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday.  Jhoulys Chacin pitched seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball for the Angels (74-88), who won nine of...

  • Jered Weaver says he wants to pitch next season before Angels fall to Astros

    Jered Weaver says he wants to pitch next season before Angels fall to Astros

    Jered Weaver wanted desperately to make one last start this season, he said, but his increasingly sore back would not comply for a spot in the rotation on Sunday. So he called it a year, and possibly a career as an Angel. “As much as I wanted to, as much as I was looking forward to it, my back...

  • It's last call for Vin Scully, and Giants could make it a historic one

    It's last call for Vin Scully, and Giants could make it a historic one

    It will be a very pleasant good afternoon, and a wonderfully fitting one too: Vin Scully, calling his final game, with the playoffs on the line for his boyhood team. After Scully delighted us with a career for the ages, the baseball gods have rewarded him with a finale for the ages. Some voices...

  • Angels' Albert Pujols proud to have finished strong

    Angels' Albert Pujols proud to have finished strong

    Shut down for this season’s final weekend, Albert Pujols reflected Friday on his fifth year as an Angel. He was proud to finish with a .268 average, 31 home runs and 119 runs batted in despite plantar fasciitis in his right foot. “Obviously I wish I could’ve played in the last five games, but with...

  • Angels' Mike Scioscia thinks Mike Trout is an obvious choice for AL MVP

    Angels' Mike Scioscia thinks Mike Trout is an obvious choice for AL MVP

    Mike Scioscia has always said the most valuable players each year should come from a contending team, a notable viewpoint this year because his team is not one. “I still feel that way,” the Angels’ longtime manager said this week. “I haven’t changed at all.” But, he said, this season is a rare...

  • Alex Meyer makes some progress with delivery in Angels' 8-6 victory over the A's

    Alex Meyer makes some progress with delivery in Angels' 8-6 victory over the A's

    Seeking to recapture his old form earlier this month, Alex Meyer resorted to the earliest captures he could find on the Internet: YouTube. “Yeah, I literally just hopped on YouTube,” he said. “I was talking to one of the trainers and they wanted to see some old footage, so I thought, ‘Let’s see...

  • Richards faces hitters for first time since May

    Richards faces hitters for first time since May

    Garrett Richards faced hitters for the first time in four months Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium. As most of his teammates crowded around to observe, he threw 20 pitches and broke two bats. “I felt good on the mound,” he said. “The ball is coming out of my hand good. It’s got the same action...

  • The Curiosity Correspondent: Getting the Angels baseball field ready is a lot of work

    The Curiosity Correspondent: Getting the Angels baseball field ready is a lot of work

    Most people get to the baseball stadium with just enough time to grab a hot dog and drink, and find their seats. Some, like our Curiosity Correspondent, arrive early enough to watch the field getting prepared. Chalk lines are made, the pitcher’s mound is cleaned, the dirt raked beautifully even....

  • Ricky Nolasco has given Angels an acquired taste

    Ricky Nolasco has given Angels an acquired taste

    Ricky Nolasco does not expect to start again this season, although his manager, Mike Scioscia, was unwilling to say as much Tuesday night. If this was the end of Nolasco’s first stint as an Angel, it went better than expected. Since the Aug. 1 trade in which Minnesota sent him to Anaheim, Nolasco...

  • Move into a new stadium? Renovate the old one? Angels could just play out their lease in Anaheim

    Move into a new stadium? Renovate the old one? Angels could just play out their lease in Anaheim

    After more than three years of debating whether to negotiate a new lease in Anaheim or move to a new ballpark elsewhere, the Angels might do neither. The Angels might simply play out their current lease in Anaheim, team President John Carpino said Tuesday. If they do, they would be bound to Angel...

  • Garrett Richards gets set to face hitters as Angels defeat Athletics, 2-1

    Garrett Richards gets set to face hitters as Angels defeat Athletics, 2-1

    For one more week, the Angels’ games will continue under a shroud of irrelevance, destined to be forgotten by the morning after they occur, if not before. The franchise’s future is not at stake within these last games. It will be, far more, on Wednesday afternoon at Angel Stadium, when right-hander...

  • Solo home runs lead Astros to 4-1 win over Angels

    Solo home runs lead Astros to 4-1 win over Angels

    Defensively speaking, the Los Angeles Angels showed up to play Sunday.  The same could not be said of the offense.  Starter Daniel Wright gave up two home runs, and the Angels' bats fell flat in a 4-1 loss to the Houston Astros that ended a four-game winning streak.  “Defensively, we played a very...

  • Angels again rally late to hurt the Astros' wild-card chances

    Angels again rally late to hurt the Astros' wild-card chances

    Kole Calhoun had three hits and two RBIs, and the Los Angeles Angels scored nine runs in the final two innings to rally for the second consecutive game in a 10-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.  It's the third straight victory in this series for the Angels, who scored six runs...

  • There's no calling the American League MVP race at this point

    There's no calling the American League MVP race at this point

    In this election season, Mike Trout has a simple platform. “I try to be the best player in the league every year,” he said. He has succeeded this year, again. Now comes the vote for most valuable player, and the annual debate over whether “best” and “most valuable” are the same thing. If enough...

  • Angels rally in the ninth for 10-6 win over Astros

    Angels rally in the ninth for 10-6 win over Astros

    Yunel Escobar hit a two-run homer and pinch-hitter Rafael Ortega had three RBIs during a six-run ninth inning, lifting the Los Angeles Angels over the Houston Astros 10-6 on Friday night.  Houston fell 2 1/2 games behind the Tigers for the second AL wild card, a tough blow after clawing back with...

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