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Halo Headlines: Shane Robinson signed; Garrett Richards pranked

The April 1, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team bringing in even more outfield depth, Garrett Richards getting put in an incredibly awkward situation, and more… The Story: Garrett Richards pranked by teammates at restaurant MWAH Says: Don’t watch if uncomfortable situations make you squeamish. The Story: Angels rank #16 in ESPN’s preseason power […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 28:  Starting pitcher Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a MLB game at Chase Field on August 28, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Athletics 6-4.  (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)

2016 AL West Preview: Oakland A’s

No team in baseball has suffered quite as much misfortune the last two years as have the Oakland A’s. Some of it is deserved—trading Josh Donaldson was an objectively terrible move—but most of it has been a string of improbably bad luck. It’s not just the unheralded late-season collapse in 2014, which led perfectly into the […]

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Halo Headlines: Chris O’Grady returns; Kyle Kendrick signs

The March 31, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a Rule 5 pick returning to Anaheim, a veteran right-hander adding Triple-A pitching depth, and more… The Story: Angels sign Kyle Kendrick to minor-league deal MWAH Says: Purely a depth acquisition. Someone’s gotta make a season’s worth of starts at Triple-A. If Kendrick ever gets a start […]

TORONTO, CANADA - OCTOBER 14: Cole Hamels #35 of the Texas Rangers delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during game five of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 14, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

2016 AL West Preview: Texas Rangers

When we last saw the Texas Rangers, they were on the brink of an unlikely ALCS berth. Then Jose Bautista broke everyone’s brain: Your browser does not support iframes. The Bat Flip left a sour taste in the mouths of the Rangers and their fans, but it should be considered a victory that they were even […]

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Halo Headlines: Richards will start Opening Day; Chris Jones acquired

The March 30, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Garrett Richards officially being named the Opening Day starter, the team acquiring some more pitching depth, and more… The Story: Angels acquire LHP Chris Jones in return for OF Natanael Delgado and SS Erick Salcedo MWAH Says: This is an interesting one. Jones is a Triple-A guy […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Robinson Cano #22 of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by Kyle Seager #15 after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros in the sixth inning at Safeco Field on September 29, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

2016 AL West Preview: Seattle Mariners

If the Seattle Mariners’ bright new future looks a whole lot like the Angels’ old one, that’s because it is. Jerry Dipoto is now the man behind the curtain in the Emerald City, and this time it’s clear that he is set on compiling his idea of a winning team and will not be beholden to the whims of owners or […]

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2015 Angels: Where Are They Now? (Quiz)

For every MLB team, there is always a good amount of roster turnover between one season and the next. No matter how closely you follow the offseason, this inevitably leads to a game in June or July where you have a “I didn’t realize [PLAYER] was on that team now” moment, which is usually accompanied by said […]

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Halo Headlines: Tropeano optioned; Angels last in int’l spending

The March 29, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the final rotation spot for the opening week being decided, the team spending significantly less money than the Dodgers, and more… The Story: David Murphy granted his release by the Red Sox MWAH Says: Murphy was in camp on a minor-league deal, but had an opt out […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 24:  Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches to the the Texas Rangers in the first inning during a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 24, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Roster Depth

Over the last five weeks we’ve churned out individual previews for 24 Angels players guaranteed to get a bulk of the playing time in Anaheim this season—all of which are linked at the bottom of this post. Those 24 won’t be the only players to suit up with the Halos in 2016, of course, so it’s important to […]

DENVER, CO - JULY 7:  Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim singles against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a game at Coors Field on July 7, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Top 10: Why The 2016 Angels Will Be Better

Every year, like any diehard Angels fan, I spend much of my pre-season time analyzing the team’s new roster. Every year I reach the same conclusion: The Angels are a better team this year than they were last year. This doesn’t always turn out to be true by straight wins and losses, of course, but that doesn’t […]

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Halo Headlines: Pujols returns to 1B; Guerra re-signed

The March 28, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes The Machine playing the field for the first time this spring, a Rule 5 pick returning on a minor-league deal, and more… The Story: Angels re-sign Rule 5 pick Deolis Guerra to minor-league deal MWAH Says: Man, the Rule 5 draft is so weird. Every time […]

Cory Rasmus

2016 Angels Preview: Cory Rasmus

At the start of 2015 spring training Cory Rasmus wasn’t just a lock for a significant bullpen role, he was also in consideration for a rotation spot. An abdominal tear mid-spring put the kibosh on that plan, however, and Rasmus didn’t end up appearing in Anaheim until late July. Once in the ‘pen, the right-hander was never able to get […]

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Halo Headlines: Rotation still not set; Skaggs meets Kobe

The March 25, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes the team possibly breaking camp with only four starters, Tyler Skaggs putting together a strong first outing after meeting his sports hero, and more… The Story: Angels rotation plans still in flux MWAH Says: An off-day on April 6, after the two-game opening series vs the Cubs, […]

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Can The Angels Replicate Their 2014 Success?

2014 was a year this franchise needed. Jerry Dipoto had come in as GM in late 2011 and made a lot of flashy offseason moves right away. These moves cost a lot of paper, and also made a ton of sense on paper. But on the field, we’d yet to see any indication that they […]

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 04:  Craig Gentry #3 of the Oakland Athletics triples in the third inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on October 4, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Craig Gentry

Before 2015, Craig Gentry had spent the prior four seasons serving as a valuable fourth outfielder for Texas and Oakland. In 2012 and 2013 he posted consecutive seasons worth at least 3.0 fWAR, causing havoc on the bases, saving 28 total runs with his glove, and delivering respectable wOBAs in the high .330s. Even when […]

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Halo Headlines: Skaggs making spring debut; Pre-April trade unlikely

The March 24, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Tyler Skaggs pitching in a game for the first time in 20 months, the (un)likelihood of a trade before Opening Day, and more… The Story: Tyler Skaggs returns to the mound Thursday after lengthy rehab MWAH Says: Skaggs isn’t expected to start the game, but he’ll […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 05: Fernando Salas #59 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Kansas City Royals during Game Three of the American League Division Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Fernando Salas

After Jason Grilli and Kevin Jepsen departed the lights-out Angels 2014 bullpen, Fernando Salas was tasked with a more important role in the 2015 bullpen. And, judging by some his peripheral numbers, Salas stepped up for the Angels. Salas threw five more innings in 2015 while also posting a career-best 27.5% strikeout rate, an also […]

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Halo Headlines: Yunel Escobar scratched; Playoff odds released

The March 23, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes their leadoff hitter dealing with some eye irritation, PECOTA giving the team slim odds to make the postseason, and more… The Story: Angels still combing market for “bargain” everyday left fielder MWAH Says: Yeah, well, I’m still combing the market for a studio apartment on the […]

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2016 Angels Preview: José Álvarez

José Álvarez had to battle to solidify his place in the Angels’ relief corps in 2015, but gets to coast into the bullpen this year. This is partly due to the fact that he’s the only real experienced lefty reliever remaining in the organization, but mostly the result of a strong effort in his first season as a […]

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Halo Headlines: SLC game snowed out; Simmons returns to short

The March 22, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a cancelled trip to Salt Lake City, Andrelton Simmons returning to the field, and more.. The Story: Tyler Skaggs will make Cactus League debut on Thursday MWAH Says: Hey! That’s good sign. Skaggs was originally expected to pitch in a minor-league game on Thursday, but will […]

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