Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Questioning John McDonald’s 2014 season

Am I really going to spill digital ink about John McDonald? Is it really worth spending time reviewing the season of a guy who was more coach than player? I guess we’re about to find out. Why is John McDonald? The best I can tell, McDonald existed on the Angels roster because of their desire to […]

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The Angels Without C.J. Wilson

I’m a fan. I’m guessing that if you’re reading this, you’re probably a fan too. What do fans do in November when games aren’t be played and your team isn’t exactly headlining over at MLBTR? You make inferences, educated guesses as to what next year’s team will look like. For the past three years, there […]

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

Questioning Jason Grilli’s 2014 season

Challenge trades don’t get made very much in MLB anymore. When they do get made, seldom do they work so that one team wins the deal in such lopsided fashion, yet that is exactly what happened when the Angels swapped Ernesto Frieri straight up for Jason Grilli. How great did the Grilli-Frieri trade turn out to be? […]

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Questioning Grant Green’s 2014 season

2014 looked like it was going to be a big season for Grant Green, but he never really got much of a chance. What happened to the player that people were so excited about when he was acquired at the end of the 2013 season? Was Green’s 2014 a failure? Green’s stats were just fine. He had […]

Mike Trout

Would a lifetime contract for Mike Trout have actually been a good idea?

In the wake of Giancarlo Stanton signing his record-breaking 13-year, $325 million contract, I can’t help but recall that report from earlier in the year where the Halos casually let it slip that before signing Mike Trout to a six-year, $144.5 million mega-extension that Trout’s agent actually broached the idea of a lifetime contract for Trout. […]

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Questioning Fernando Salas’ 2014 season

Seemingly a throw-in in the Freese-Bourjos swap, Fernando Salas became an underappreciated part of the Angels bullpen turnaround. Not that anyone really noticed. Does anyone realize that Salas had a career yer? Salas became a thing in 2011 when he had a breakout campaign for the Cardinals, he then began to flounder. His walk rate […]

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Questioning Erick Aybar’s 2014 season

Erick Aybar got his first ever All-Star nod in 2014 in one of his finest seasons yet. However, it still feels like he isn’t getting the appreciation that he deserves. What gives? Was 2014 Aybar’s best season ever? According to fWAR, yes, but not rWAR or WARP.  They both thought he had a pretty good […]

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Questioning Matt Shoemaker’s 2014 season

Matt Shoemaker and his luxuriant beard were the breakout stars of the 2014 Angels. Let’s take a look back at how he went from farm team fodder to a potential franchise building block. How did nobody see Matt Shoemaker coming? Anybody who says they saw Shoemaker’s breakout campaign coming is a liar. There were definitely some […]

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The Angels are going to have luxury tax problems in 2016 too

One of the running themes of this offseason is that the Angels are severely limited by their commitment to not breach the luxury tax threshold in 2015. For this reason, the rumors the Angels are involved in aren’t the sexy kind. There is no pursuit of Jon Lester or Max Scherzer. They aren’t even looking at Yasmany Tomas or […]

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