Halo Headlines: Trout named Baseball America Player of the Year, Vernon Wells trade ideas, DiSarcina promoted

The October 17th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Trout named Baseball America Player of the Year, Vernon Wells trade ideas, DiSarcina promoted and much more…

The Story: Baseball America named Mike Trout their Rookie and Player of the Year.

The Monkey Says: This actually provides a tiny ray of hope that Trout might win AL MVP since Baseball America is not as separate from the mainstream media that composes the BBWAA as some other pro-Trout sites are.  Being more about scouting, they aren't necessarily predisposed to favoring the more sabermetric-heavy arguments that make up Trout's MVP candidacy.  So, now I just assume that Trout will lose in a close vote rather than in a landslide.

The Story: Some bad contract swap ideas to help the Angels rid themselves of Vernon Wells.

The Monkey Says: I have been a proponent of the Lackey-Wells deal for some time, but those kind of deals just never happen.  However, if ever Boston was going to do a deal to trade an unpopular player for one who is at least a good clubhouse guy, it is now as they try and pull themselves out of the sinkhole the franchise fell into this last season.

The Story: Gary DiSarcina has been promoted to special assistant to the GM and Tim Huff was added in the same role.

The Monkey Says: DiSar continues to rise through the organization and seems like the sort of guy that will start getting consideration for GM positions with other clubs in the next few years.  As for Huff, I don't know much about him other than he comes from the Rays organization, which seems like a good sign.

The Story: Could the Angels be a potential trade landing spot for Alex Rodriguez.

The Monkey Says: I wouldn't totally be against the idea if the Halos basically got him for free.  A lot of his struggles this year are injury-related, so there is some chance that he could rebound but there is just as big of a chance that he'll struggle to stay healthy.  My biggest concern about bringing him in is that he is signed through 2017, so, even if they aren't really paying him, he is on the roster for five more years and the odds of him remaining useful over that entire span seems slim so the Angels would have to go through the ugly process of releasing him.

The Story: Joe Hudson has been promoted to general manager of the Inland Empire 66ers.

The Monkey Says: I have no idea what a minor league GM does or what it means that the 66ers had to replace their GM.  But good on ya, Mr. Hudson.

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