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Keys to second-half success

Unless you’re name is Mike Trout, or you live within the fictional television world with perfect wealthy parents and a perfect home-life, no one is going to hand you the keys to a car.  Neither am I.    But I hope this makes you feel better.  If the second half of the season were a […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #97: Green arrow – Angels 6, Mariners 5

I’m not normally one for trash-talking and chest-puffing in sports. It’s a game and you shouldn’t take it too seriously. But after Pujols and Trout loosed those pantomime arrows at Fernando Rodney, I couldn’t have been happier. Seriously, eff Fraudney. Eff him so hard. He can claim all he wants that his arrow move that […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #96: Reverse course – Mariners 3, Angels 2

The Angels and Mariners must be trying to make up for all that lost time over the break, playing the equivalent of three-plus games in the course of two nights. Anaheim was nice enough to let Seattle win 3-2 in extras this time though. Run Expectancy Rundown Someone really needs to tell the Angel bats […]

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Boxscore Breakdown #95: Distracted – Angels 3, Mariners 2

Oh, right! There was a game last night, I almost forgot. I spend the first three hours of it being completely distracted by the slowest unveiling of a trade package ever and wringing my hands over every prospect the Halos added to it. Yep, Huston Street was the story of the night. Fortunately, the Angels […]

TRADE ALERT: Angels finally get Huston Street from Padres – UPDATED

After days of rumors and a few false alarms, the Angels and Padres look to have finally consummated a deal that will send Huston Street to the Angels:

There is obviously a lot of unknown details about the package, so it is hard to judge properly. However, if one assumes that the unnamed pieces are just low-end prospects, this looks like handsome ransom that the Halos just coughed up to add a reliever, an excellent reliever, but reliever nonetheles. Things could change, however, depending on who those unnamed players turn out to be.

Whatever the case, the Angels finally get themselves a brand name closer. For some, that will be a welcome relief even though Joe Smith had been doing a fine job in the role. But if you set aside the fixation on “proven closers” this is still a big positive for the Halos if only because it improves their bullpen depth which has been an issue for years. That will certainly improve their World Series hopes this year, but it looks like it is going to come at a steep cost to an already depleted farm system.

We’ll keep this post updated as more details on the deal emerge.

9:56 PM UPDATE
Reports have confirmed that the Angels will be adding Jose Rondon to the package while the Padres will be sending over Double-A reliever Trevor Gott. It is the Rondon addition that really changes the dynamics of this trade though. He’s had a breakout year at Advanced-A and is guy who at least has the potential to become an All-Star at a premium defensive position. For him to be included with Lindsey, Alvarez and one other prospect really guts the Angels farm system of anything resembling a high-end prospect and makes this deal a pretty clear win for San Diego, at least in terms of present day value. What those prospects turn into remains to be seen, obviously, but it is a bigger package than anyone would’ve predicted the Padres would get for Street.

Also, it is worth noting that Street has a $7 million club option for 2015, which does increase his value a good amount since he isn’t a rental. It probably doesn’t increase it enough to make Dipoto look savvy here, but it is a mitigating factor.

10:11 PM UPDATE
The final prospect in the deal is SP Elliot Morris. A solid rotation prospect that the Angels drafted in the 4th round of the 2013 draft. Hardly a dealbreaker, but hardly a throw-in either.

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Series Preview: Angels vs. Mariners vs. Back to work

Break time is over. Back to work, everyone! Time to lean? Time to clean! Yes, that’s right, it is time all the lazy, entitled millionaires get back to the grind. How dare they take four days off, depriving us poor, working class folk of baseball all the while. Who do they think they are? WE […]

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Reviewing Jerry Dipoto’s trade deadline history

The trade deadline draws nigh and Angels fans are quite eager to see what it has in store for the Angels. Already trigger-happy GM Jerry Dipoto has pulled off two deals to improve the Angels’ chances at breaking their post-season drought, but it would seem that more might be in store. Rumors abound of the […]

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Halo Headlines: Huston Street thinks he’d look good in Angels uniform, Halos don’t think they can trade for David Price or Ian Kennedy

The July 17th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Huston Street thinks he’d look good in Angels uniform, Halos don’t think they can trade for David Price or Ian Kennedy and much more… The Story: Huston Street thinks he’d look good in an Angels uniform. The Monkey Says: I don’t know. He’s […]

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We shouldn’t be GMs: reactions to the Kennedy-Street trade rumors

Baseball fans are an arrogant bunch. They are also an ignorant bunch. It is this unique combination that allows so very many of us to sit and watch a game all the while thinking, “I could totally be the GM of this team.” The thing is, we shouldn’t. We really, really shouldn’t. Sure, I’ve tried […]

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