Don’t Blame Tony Reagins… Yet

Judging the mob of angry Angel fans that seem ready to mobilize after yesterday’s events, it looks like it is going to be a rough Christmas at the Reagins house.  After losing out on John Lackey, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee all within the space of two hours, the ire of Angel fans is being […]

Halo Headlines – 12/15/09

The Story: John Lackey has signed with the Boston Red Sox for five years and $85 million.  The Monkey Says: Big John is taking the coward’s way out by signing with the team he never really could beat.  On a related note, he is now dead to me. The Story: The Angels have reportedly come […]

BREAKING NEWS: Angels Closing in on Hideki Matsui

On the same day that the Angels might be watching John Lackey bolt for Boston, the Angels could be introducing a brand new slugger to their line-up.  ESPN is reporting that the Angels are in “serious” discussions with Hideki Matsui to become LAA’s new designated hitter.  The report says that the Angels are talking about […]

BREAKING NEWS: John Lackey About to Sign With Boston

The Twitterverse is, well, atwitter with news that John Lackey is in Boston to take a physical for the Red Sox.  For those who might be thinking that John is just traveling a long way to turn his head and cough for no real reason, a physical is usually the last step a free agent […]

Halo Headlines – 12/14/09

The Story: Reliever Jose Arredondo will miss the 2010 season to have Tommy John surgery.  The Monkey Says: That certainly explains why Dondo struggled so much last season.  While most pitchers come back strong (if not stronger) from TJ surgery, this clearly puts a damper on Arredondo’s status as a potential future closer for the […]

Guess the Winter Meeting (Fake) Quote

Unbeknownst to the Winter Meeting attendees in Indianapolis, we at actually had every inch of the hotel rigged with hidden listening devices.  We’ve used all of our covert expertise to breakdown what really went down at the meetings and selected a few choice quotes we overheard to help summarize the Angels’ Winter Meeting escapades: […]

Halo Headlines – 12/11/09

The Story: Vladimir Guerrero and Scot Shields were both named to Sports Illustrated’s All-Decade Team.   The Monkey Says: Let’s hear it for a national media source not just focusing on exclusively on the Red S0x and Yankees. The Story: interviews former Angel announcer Rex Hudler.  The Monkey Says: The Wonder Dog talks about […]

Halo Headlines – 12/10/09

The Story: John Lackey looks like he is going to have to wait a bit before he gets his big contract.  The Monkey Says: Many teams are interested in Big John, but his lofty asking price is scaring most of them off.  The notion that he will sign a one-year deal to try again next […]

It’s the Bullpen, Stupid

Ace pitchers, power hitters and lead-off men, oh my!  Tony Reagins is working his butt of at the Winter Meetings to upgrade the Angel roster but he seems to be forgetting one key fact… it’s the bullpen, stupid!!! Get used to seeing more blown saves if the Halos really think they can bring back the […]

Halo Headlines – 12/9/09

The Story: Why did the Mariners sign Chone Figgins?  The Monkey Says: I can answer that without even reading the article.  Figgy is perfect for their ballpark and came at a solid price.  Not to mention Seattle has to love screwing the Angels in the process. The Story: Kelvim Escobar is on the comeback trail… […]

Handicapping the Winter Meetings

The Winter Meetings have reached a fever pitch here in Day 2.  The Angels have been linked to a lot of different players and moves, but what are the odds that they actually complete any of those deals either now or after the meetings come to an end?  Let’s take a look at each rumor […]

Halo Headlines – 12/8/09

The Story: The Angels have been heavily linked with Jason Bay after the first day at the Winter Meetings in Indianapolis.  The Monkey Says: Reports vary as to just how much contact the Halos have made with Bay, but it seems pretty obvious that they are highly interested in bringing him on board, though I […]

The Figgins Fallout

It isn’t quite official, but it will be momentarily, but Chone Figgins, the Angel leadoff man extraordinaire, is about to become the FORMER Angel leadoff man extraordinaire as he defects northward to the AL West rival Seattle Mariners.  But the pain doesn’t stop there.  Losing Figgins doesn’t just cost the Halos their sparkplug but creates […]

Halo Headlines – 12/7/09

The Story: The Angels are working hard to trade Gary Matthews.  The Monkey Says: That would be a great early Christmas present, but will probably end up being more like a lump of coal in some other team’s stocking, even if the Angels pay the rest of GMJ’s onerous contract. The Story: Gary Matthews has […]

Angels Letting Hot Stove Go Cold, About to Lose Figgins

The Winter Meetings can’t get here soon enough because the Angels are boring the crap out of me this off-season.  This is supposed to be the time of year where the Hot Stove League is in full effect, but for the Angels, the stove doesn’t even look like it has been turned on.  I’ve been […]