Halo Headlines: Imagining an A-Rod-Angels trade, Rodney named Comeback Player of the Year, how the Cardinals thrived without Pujols

The October 22nd, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Halo Headlines: Imagining an A-Rod-Angels trade, Rodney named Comeback Player of the Year, how the Cardinals thrived without Pujols and much more…

The Story: Imagining how an A-Rod-to-Angels trade would (or would not) make sense.

The Monkey Says: This post makes the salient point that Callaspo really isn't that bad and was actually better from a fWAR basis last season.  Nobody is saying that Callaspo is A-Rod, he clearly doesn't have that kind of upside, but with Rodriguez getting old and injury-prone, there is no guarantee that he will be an obvious upgrade on the field over Callaspo.


The Story: Former Angel Fernando Rodney was named the AL Comeback Player of the Year.

The Monkey Says: Not to knock on Rodney, but I just don't get what he was coming back from.  He was a bad pitcher in 2011 and probably no better than league average for several years before that.  Now, Kendrys Morales coming back from a horrific injury and a lay-off of almost two years, that's a "comeback."  That being said, Rodney had an amazing year, so I understand that people wanted to find a way to honor him somehow.


The Story: How the Cardinals are thriving without Albert Pujols.

The Monkey Says: Carlos Beltran having a huge year was a big help but really, they are just a very well run team that makes very few bad moves.  If anything, it is an indictment on the Angels that the Cardinals were smart enough to avoid giving him such a massive contract.  Of course, we all kind of knew that already.


The Story: Picking a cult favorite player for your team.

The Monkey Says: Oooh.  I want to play too!  Obviously, this means you can't pick a star player or a non-star who already was a fan-favorite.  I must admit, I always had a soft spot for Shigetoshi Hasegawa and pulled for Todd Greene even after he left the organization.  Those aren't great choices, but I don't think I'm old enough just yet to like anyone super obscure and kind of cool.


The Story: How the aces of 2012 were graded as prospects.

The Monkey Says: It is a shame that Weaver didn't make the cut.  I would've liked to have seen that grade.  He had a great reputation coming out of college, but he also never threw that hard or had one off-speed pitch that was particularly awesome.


The Story: A look backwards and forwards in regards to Ernesto Frieri.

The Monkey Says: I agree that it isn't 100% that Frieri will be back as the closer next season, but I think it is actually pretty close.  Finding closers isn't easy and it really isn't easy when you are on record as being unwilling to spend big money on a reliever.  I suppose a trade is always possible, but I'd be willing to bet money on Frieri at least opening 2013 as the closer.

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