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  • 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,...

  • 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...

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