Halo Headlines: Erik Kratz added on minors deal; Angels hiring in stats dept

The Friday, May 27, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team bolstering their high-minors catching depth, the front office seeking another systems developer for their new analytics department, and more…

The Story: Angels sign C Erik Kratz, two others to minor-league deals

MWAH Says: I’m not sure if this means Jett Bandy’s hamstring cramp is more serious than first thought or if the team just wants some insurance at Triple-A just in case. Hopefully the latter. At 36, Kratz is no one’s idea of a real solution behind the plate, but he’s probably a better backup option than Juan Graterol or Anthony Bemboom. The two other minor signees are OF Austin Cousino and RHP Erik Karch, both of whom were recently released by other clubs.

The Story: Angels looking for new Assistant Baseball Systems Developer

MWAH Says: Want a gig with the Angels front office? Well, if you’re comfortable with stats and have experience building and maintaining database systems with C#, Python, and SQL, here’s your chance.

The Story: Richards, Heaney put faith in stem-cell therapy

MWAH Says: Alden Gonzalez takes a deep dive into the procedure meant to keep the two Angels starters from Tommy John surgery. A really great look into what the medical field knows (and still doesn’t know) about stem-cell therapy, and how it differs from rehab alternatives.

The Story: LHP Lucas Luetge clears waivers, is outrighted to Triple-A

MWAH Says: I guess it’s good that all the relievers the Angels are putting on waivers are sticking around, but it’s also an indication of what kind of arms they are if none of them are being claimed by other teams. Depth is depth, I suppose.

The Story: New technologies are forcing baseball to balance big data with “Big Brother”

MWAH Says: This, I think, is going to be the next huge fight between owners and the Players Association. How much personal medical information on a player can a team justify not only gathering, but also using to make its future financial and personnel decisions? The whole thing is an ethical minefield, and it’ll be fascinating to see how it plays out.

Nate Aderhold

About Nate Aderhold

Nate Aderhold was a writer and managing editor at Halos Daily for three years until the folks at MWAH swept him off his feet. He got his start in the blogging world in 2012 as a contributing editor at MLB Daily Dish. He's pretty sure his Mike Trout shrine is bigger than yours.