The true nature of the damage is reflected not in what Hamilton did for the Angels, but in what they could not do because they signed him. In hindsight, the decision to break the bank for Hamilton instead of
The Angels were interested in retaining Greinke after the 2012 season, but they were concerned that he would not stay healthy enough to justify a nine-figure contract. Maybe the Dodgers would have outbid all comers anyway –- that was their first winter under Guggenheim management — but Angels owner
Greinke got his $147 million from the Dodgers, and Moreno lured Hamilton for $125 million. That put the Angels close enough to the luxury-tax threshold that General Manager
With Hamilton, the Angels went 0 for 5 that winter.
And, with Hamilton, the Angels had no place for young slugger
Dipoto needed young pitching — he could not afford high-priced veterans — so he traded Trumbo and second baseman
Those arms could pan out in time, but right now the Angels are desperate for someone like Trumbo in the cleanup spot.
"A lot of people have brought that to my attention," Trumbo said Friday, before his
With Trumbo in left field, the Angels could have spent on pitching, Greinke or otherwise. Without Hamilton or Trumbo, without Kendrick, and with Pujols sitting out two games last week because of a hamstring injury, the depleted Angels lineup is a
Matt Joyce, the primary replacement for Hamilton, finished April with the lowest OPS in the major leagues. A lineup with Trout, Pujols and Trumbo would have looked pretty solid.
"On paper, sure," Trumbo said. "They're doing their thing. We're doing ours."
Moreno was the target of intense criticism for his blunt remarks about Hamilton, and for how the Angels treated Hamilton on his way out. But at least Moreno put his money where his mouth was.
When the Angels yanked Hamilton merchandise from their team store, Moreno cost himself money. Teams make more money off jerseys and T-shirts sold at the ballpark than from those sold anywhere else.
The Angels probably did not miss out on a windfall — Hamilton was on the disabled list, not on the field, and fighting the league and the team in the aftermath of his drug relapse — but Moreno acted on principle.
That is more than can be said about the
Teams do not stock merchandise for every player, just the ones that are most likely to drive sales. On Friday, for example, the Dodgers' team store displayed jerseys and T-shirts for Adrian Gonzalez, Yasiel Puig, Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, Andre Ethier, Jimmy Rollins and the injured Hyun-Jin Ryu.
If the Yankees really believe no one will buy A-Rod merchandise, they ought to stop selling it.
The way we were
In 2010, Weaver led the major leagues in strikeouts, and Lincecum led the
Lincecum's fastball velocity has fallen from 94 mph in 2008 — the year he won the first of back-to-back
Lincecum dominated as a reliever during the Giants' run to the 2012 World Series title, but he disappointed as a starter in 2013. The Giants bet on him as a starter again — signing him to a two-year, $35-million contract after the '13 season — and he struggled so mightily that San Francisco used him once in the run to the 2014 title.
The 1-2-3 innings are few and far between. In 22 innings this season, Lincecum has given up 23 hits and 10 walks.
The Dodgers open a series Monday in Milwaukee, where the home team could unravel before their eyes. In an era where two wild-card spots in each league mean teams are hesitant to call it a season too soon, the
The Brewers, off to a 5-18 start, could move shortstop
How about that?