Halo Headlines: Winter Meetings kick off; Gott drawing interest

The December 7, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the beginning of what’s sure to be a crazy week in the Music City, a young reliever garnering some trade interest, and more… The Story: Angels hit Winter Meetings with several needs on shopping list MWAH Says: Mike DiGiovanna lays out a Winter Meetings primer much […]

Tyler Skaggs is shiny and new again

When the Angels drafted Skaggs years ago, I watched the scouting videos, read the profiles, and even watched him myself. He was a beanpole, looked no older than 16, had a completely unrepeatable delivery and looked unsure what exactly was going on. It was perfect. The reason being, he was shiny and new. You see, […]

Angels Winter Meetings Checklist

As the baseball world converges on Nashville this week, Billy Eppler will look to finish up his holiday shopping. He’s picked up a shortstop of the future, which is the baseball of acquiring a Furby or Turbo-Man. Geovany Soto and Cliff Pennington are necessary and appreciated but they’re socks and toothbrushes in your stocking. Angel […]

Halo Headlines: C.J. Wilson clear to pitch; Luxury tax situation ‘fluid’

The December 4, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes C.J. Wilson believing he can be “All-Star caliber” pitcher in 2016, Billy Eppler indicating that ownership’s stance on the luxury tax is “fluid”, and more… The Story: C.J. Wilson all clear for 2016, confident in rebound MWAH Says: The Angels are in a weird place with […]

Angels Prospect Countdown: #29 – Andrew Daniel

Andrew Daniel In 10 words or fewer: Decent fielding infielder with enough bat to climb the ladder. Position: 2B/3B | Age (2016): 23 Bats: R | Throws: R Height: 6’1″ | Weight: 195 2015 Rank: 30 OFFENSE Contact – C.  Last year, we said Daniel’s ability to make contact would be tested as he climbs the ladder, […]

Halos Headlines: Collin Cowgill traded, Cesar Ramos non-tendered

The December 3, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes an outfielder being dealt to Cleveland for cash, a LOOGY getting too expensive to roster, and more… The Story: Cesar Ramos not tendered a contract MWAH Says: This one surprised me. Yeah, $1.7 million is a little much for a mid-innings LOOGY, but Ramos was solid […]

Angels Prospect Countdown: #30 – Sam Pastrone

Sam Pastrone In 10 words or fewer: Prep arm comes with polish and intrigue. Position: SP | Age (2016): 19 Throws: R | Bats: R Height: 6’0″ | Weight: 175 2015 Rank: Unranked Fastball – B.  Pastrone’s fastball typically hovers around 92 mph, but he’s added a couple ticks just in the last year alone of maturity, […]

Halo Headlines: Angels sign Rafael Ortega; Non-tender deadline looms

The December 2, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the club adding a potential fourth outfielder, another outfielder potentially losing his roster spot, and more… The Story: Twins sign Byung-Ho Park to four-year, $12 million deal MWAH Says: Man, Korean players are getting absolutely hosed in contract negotiations. Almost like the whole exclusive rights thing […]

Halo Headlines: Hwang officially posted; Black has opt out

The December 1, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a Korean All-Star third baseman becoming available, an out clause in a front office member’s contract, and more… The Story: Bud Black can leave if offered manager job MWAH Says: Black’s gig in the front office was always going to be a temporary one; a […]

MWAH Top 30 Angels Prospects for 2016

It’s been a long road.  Construction of these lists begins in June, just ahead of the draft.  I take all the notes from different prospects I’ve compiled, both this year and in the past, and make a list of every noteworthy prospect I can think of.  In earnest, the list begins at about 60 prospects […]

The Angels’ Family Tree

When Erick Aybar was traded to the Braves two weeks ago, the Angels didn’t just say goodbye to a franchise stalwart; they also bid farewell to the organization’s defining era of player development. From 1998 to 2002, the front office brought in an incredible group of amateur talent: Francisco Rodriguez, John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Casey Kotchman, […]

Halo Headlines: Red Sox shopping Hanley Ramirez; Hector Santiago gets married

The November 30, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Boston possibly shopping Han-Ram around, a Halos starter tying the knot, and more… The Story: Red Sox “seem to be” asking Angels and two other teams about Hanley Ramirez MWAH Says: Aging, injury-prone player owed ~$66 million the next three years coming off the worst season of […]

Halo Headlines: Radinsky named bullpen coach, Lawrie on trading block

The Thanksgiving 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team hiring a new bullpen coach, a potential answer at third base joining the trade market, and only a little more because it’s Turkey Day and there is family to annoy, food to make, and drink to imbibe. From all of us here at MWAH, […]

The Angels Should Bid For Jae-Gyun Hwang

Billy Eppler is making some solid headway in building the 2016 roster, but there’s still a lot of work ahead. While left field is certainly the biggest point of concern, there are no shortage of options for the position. The same cannot be said for third base, however. There are a couple potential solutions in-house and/or on […]

Halo Headlines: Geovany Soto signs, Bud Black officially returns

The November 25, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team signing a veteran catcher, an old friend returning to the organization, and more… The Story: Geovany Soto agrees to one-year, $2.8 million deal MWAH Says: Hard to hate this deal. The Angels get some insurance in the event that Carlos Perez can’t parlay his strong […]

Halo Headlines: Carew may need transplant, Strangio promoted to AGM

The November 24, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a franchise legend suffering from serious heart issues, a promotion in the front office, and more… The Story: Rod Carew may need heart transplant MWAH Says: The Hall of Fame infielder suffered a massive heart attack while golfing on September 20, and now needs the […]

Halo Headlines: A.J. Griffin available, Trout’s race to be best ever

The November 23, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes stuff that’s mostly tangentially related to the Halos because it’s nearly Thanksgiving and most front offices are already home baking pies and such. The Story: Dodgers to name Dave Roberts manager MWAH Says: I am legitimately surprised Gabe Kapler didn’t get the job. That’s not to […]

Angels Winter Wishlist: Tony Sipp and a Baserunning Coach

I know the Angels bullpen doesn’t necessarily have a big hole in it that needs immediate attention, but the addition of Tony Sipp could very well be the crucial piece that pushes the Angels back into the playoffs. One of the intimidating aspects of the best clubs in baseball is their shutdown bullpen. The American […]