The December 22nd, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels acquire Giavotella, complete signing of Baldoquin and much more…
The Story: The Angels acquire 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Kansas City Royals.
The Monkey Says: Giavotella is a former top second base prospect whose bat never translated to the majors and struggles defensively. Apparently Dipoto didn’t think the Angels had a enough of those already. Giavotella was basically free, costing Brian Broderick, a player just signed out of the Mexican Leagues, so it is a worthwhile gamble. There is a chance the Angels coaching staff can work some magic on Giavotella, but he is easily behind Green and Rutledge in the prospective second base competition.
The Story: Roberto Baldoquin passed his physical and signed with the Angels.
The Monkey Says: The paperwork still needs to work its way through the league offices, but the signing is now basically official.
The Story: The Angels did not submit a bid for Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang.
The Monkey Says: People don’t even know who won the bidding, which probably isn’t a great sign.
The Story: The path to the playoffs for the AL West teams.
The Monkey Says: This is pretty much a “whatever” article, but I hadn’t noticed that Fangraphs now has 2015 win-loss predictions. The Angels are only coming in at 84-78, a full four games behind the Mariners. That’s a little disconcerting.
The Story: A look at the one and done Hall of Fame candidates.
The Monkey Says: Interestingly, there is a suggestion that Percival might survive to the next ballot. He doesn’t have any votes yet, so I doubt that happens. I doubt he even gets a vote, especially on this crowded ballot.