PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 03:  Cliff Pennington #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebates after hitting a walk-off sacrifice fly to defeat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 in the 11th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 3, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Angels end free-agent drought, sign Cliff Pennington

The Los Angeles Angels did something Tuesday afternoon they haven’t done since November 27, 2013: They signed an MLB free agent to a multi-year contract. It seems absurd that it’s been nearly two calendar years since the team widely regarded as a big spender* on the open market last put money down on a free […]

ANAHEIM, CA - 1985:  Infielder Bobby Grich #4 of the California Angels fields a grounder during a 1985 season game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Bobby Grich is a Hall of Famer: An Annual Reminder

(Ed. note: This is one of several posts on different aspects of Bobby’s Grich’s Hall of Fame candidacy Jeff Mays has written over the past few years. Sadly, the others, written at Halos Daily, were eaten by the Internet overlords earlier this year.) At the end of the 1976 season, baseball’s first free-agent class hit […]

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Halo Headlines: Heaney snubbed in ROY vote, Anderson gets HOF vote

The November 17, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Andrew Heaney getting shut out of the AL Rookie of the Year voting entirely, Garrett Anderson not getting shut out of the Hall of Fame voting, and more… The Story: Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant are your 2015 Rookies of the Year MWAH Says: Francisco Lindor […]

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Halo Headlines: Street has close ties to film, Erstad withdraws candidacy

The November 16, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a Hollywood film becoming a family affair for Huston Street, a former Halo withdrawing his candidacy for the Dodgers manager gig, and more… The Story: My All American holds deep, personal meaning to Street MWAH Says: A very touching story about the Street family. Huston’s dad was […]

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 3: Erick Aybar #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a solo home run in the ninth inning against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Global Life Park in Arlington on October 3, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)*** Local Caption *** Erick Aybar

Fare Thee Well, Erick Aybar

For the past 10 seasons, The Angels roster has seen quite a bit of turnover. From the subtraction by addition move that brought Vernon Wells to Southern California, to the slick maneuvering that brought Mark Teixeira to the team in 2008 to the unfortunate byproduct of bad decisions that led to Nick Adenhart becoming an […]

Up, Simba!

Still on the fence about the Andrelton Simmons acquisition? Maybe this little nugget from Mike Berardino will cheer you up:


I’m not saying Simmons will definitely become the next Ozzie Smith, but I’m also not saying he won’t…

Sean Newcomb - Should not be traded (obviously).

Why the Angels traded Sean Newcomb

The Angels farm system is a veritable wasteland. Again. Top prospects Sean Newcomb (#1) and Chris Ellis (#2) are now members of the suddenly replete Atlanta pitching pipeline, where they join another former Halos top pitching prospect, Ricardo Sanchez, and several other young arms picked up in confusing trades carried out by the new Braves […]

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Halo Headlines: Andrelton Simmons trade reaction, Trout wins Silver Slugger

The November 13, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a bunch of (predominantly positive!) reactions to the acquisition of Andrelton Simmons, another Silver Slugger award for Mike Trout, and more… The Story: Angels smart to snag Simmons quickly MWAH Says:’s Phil Rogers says to give Billy Eppler “credit for hitting a home run with […]

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Halo Headlines: Simmons on radar, Eppler getting inquiries on pitching

The November 12, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes preliminary trade talks involving a defensive wizard, teams asking the new GM which pitchers are available, and more… The Story: they’re asking for one of the Mets’ four young aces in return from New York, but it’s fun to dream. Erick Aybar is still […]

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Halo Headlines: Calhoun wins Gold Glove, Trout an MVP finalist

The November 11, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Kole Calhoun taking home some hardware, Mike Trout being named an MVP finalist (again), the first real rumor of the winter, and more… The Story: Angels would be interested in Trevor Plouffe if Freese doesn’t come back MWAH Says: I’m am all-in on the Angels trying […]

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Halo Headlines: Tommy Hanson dies suddenly, Pujols undergoes foot surgery

The November 10, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the sudden and immensely tragic passing of former Halos starter Tommy Hanson, a foot operation for Albert Pujols, and lots more… The Story: Tommy Hanson dies following sudden organ failure MWAH Says: Just a terrible, terrible tragedy. Hanson, 29, struggled on the mound in his time with […]

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Halo Headlines: Molina named catching coordinator, GM meetings start

The November 9, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team hiring an old friend and legendary pitch-framer, the GM meetings kicking off in Florida, and more… The Story: Mariners claim Daniel Robertson on waivers MWAH Says: Dipoto is wasting no time building the team he wants. Robertson isn’t a real loss for the Angels […]

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 6: David Freese #6 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after grounding out against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium on June 6, 2015 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Angels Extend No Qualifying Offers… Again

Let’s jump back in time a year. The Angels began the 2014/2015 offseason in a good place. The ALDS sweep was disappointing, but they had still just won an MLB-best 98 wins, owned the league’s best offense, and were losing no regulars to free agency. Some patchwork was needed here and there on account of Tyler Skaggs’ elbow […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 29: David Murphy #19 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after hitting a solo home run during the fourth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on August 29, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

Angels Drop David For Chance at Goliath

The Angels declined David Murphy‘s $7 million option for 2016 on Wednesday morning, effectively leaving the team without a real left fielder on the roster as the offseason kicks off. That’s a bit of a frightening place to be considering the team also has holes at third base and catcher as a result of free […]

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Halo Headlines: Hansen and Sorrento promoted, Trout on historic pace

The November 4, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes two coaches getting much-deserved promotions, the weekly fawning over Mike Trout, and more… The Story: Dave Hansen, Paul Sorrento named hitting coaches MWAH Says: Whoever in the Angels PR department decided that the team should make one big announcement per day this week rather than cram […]


Rebuilding the Angels Front Office

Hey there, offseason. David Freese, Chris Iannetta, Matt Joyce, Shane Victorino and a handful of part-time Angels officially became free agents at 6:00am PT yesterday morning, but it’s another four days—i.e. Friday at 9:00pm—until they’re able to sign with a new team. The Angels are free to negotiate with any or all of them (and […]

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Halo Headlines: Nagy hired as pitching coach, Hansen to be promoted

The November 3, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes naming a new pitching coach, getting close to promoting a hitting coach, and more… The Story: Charles Nagy named pitching coach MWAH Says: The Angels hire the former D’Backs pitching coach a week after Mike Butcher goes to Arizona. The teams should have just done a […]

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Halo Headlines: Royals are champs, Erstad to interview with Dodgers

The November 2, 2015 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the Royals putting an end to the 2015 season, Darin Erstad interviewing for his first MLB managing job, and more… The Story: The Kansas City Royals are your World Series champs MWAH Says: Just as Mark Gubicza predicted. KC is a nearly* unstoppable postseason force. What a […]