Halo Headlines: Williams Pitching in Venezuelan Winter League, Service Time Considerations for Mike Trout, Is Moreno the Problem?

The October 18th, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Williams playing winter ball in Venezuela, a look at what service time considerations might mean for Mike Trout, wondering if Arte Moreno is the Angels biggest problem and much more…

The Story: Jerome Williams is pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League this off-season.

The Monkey Says: Nice to see that Jerome is keeping busy this off-season and working to stay in shape for next year.  As I alluded to in yesterday’s article, Williams has had issues with staying in shape earlier in his career, so the fact that he is voluntarily still playing during the off-season, working on refining his craft is a great sign that he finally understands what it takes to have prolonged success in the big leagues.

The Story: Service time considerations could affect how the Angles handle Mike Trout next season.

The Monkey Says: I still don’t think Trout should play in the minors next season, but some other experts do.  What I very much doubt is that the Angels will keep Trout in the minors solely to so that he doesn’t become a free agent until 2018 instead of 2017.  That is the sort of move a non-contending and/or smaller market type of team might pull, but the Halos have never shown much of a penchant for small-minded maneuvers like that.  The fact that they called him up at all in 2011 pretty much proves that.

The Story: T.J. Simers wonders if Arte Moreno is the real problem with the Angels?

The Monkey Says: I was ready to ignore this article since it is Simers and thus likely fueled with bile, but it actually isn’t that bad, by his standards.  It is still generally a slam on Moreno, but in a measured way.  Look, Arte isn’t perfect and clearly has issues with letting his emotions interfere with the team’s decision making process, but I still think he is one of the top owners in all of sports.

Garrett Wilson

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