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 […]

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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 […]

Jose Alvarez

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 […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 19: Mike Morin #64 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the eleventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader on September 19, 2015 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Angels defeated the Twins 4-3 in twelve innings. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Mike Morin

This intro paragraph should be about how Mike Morin solidified his place in the Angels’ bullpen in 2015, setting himself up to take over for Joe Smith as the bridge to Huston Street in 2017 and beyond. Instead, because some miserably bad luck inflated his ERA into the stratosphere (6.37!), it’s about how the young right-hander is […]

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Halo Headlines: Figgins retiring as Angel; Wilson reinventing delivery

The March 21, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes a fan favorite officially retiring as a Halo, C.J. Wilson restructuring his throwing motion to take pressure off his shoulder, and more… The Story: Chone Figgins signs one-day contract with Angels to retire as part of the organization MWAH Says: A nice move by the Halos […]

Joe Smith

2016 Angels Preview: Joe Smith

Joe Smith was reliable as ever in 2015, no matter what his ERA might indicate. He hit 70 appearances and 63 innings for the fifth consecutive season, kept his walk and strikeout rates above his career (and the league’s) norms, and allowed fewer than a handful of home runs for the ninth straight year. If he […]

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Halo Headlines: Achter impressing; Angels help Make-A-Wish

The March 18, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes A.J. Achter making a strong impression in camp, the Angels fulfilling the wish of a heart transplant survivor, and more… The Story: A.J. Achter finally shows the Angels his good stuff MWAH Says: The Halos apparently lit Achter up when he pitched for the Twins last […]

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Starter Nick Tropeano #35 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the fifth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on September 15, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

2016 Angels Preview: Nick Tropeano

Depending on how the next couple seasons go, the deal that netted the team Nick Tropeano and Carlos Pérez could either go down as Jerry Dipoto’s best trade or simply a top-five one. That he was able to finagle two MLB-ready prospects with upside from the Astros in return for just Hank Conger seems like minor miracle now, […]

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2016 Angels Preview: Huston Street

Huston Street’s 2015 wasn’t bad, per se, but it was disappointing given the Angels inked Street to a three-year extension in early May. Even if saves are a silly stat, a team would happily take their closer reaching the 40-save plateau every year; it means he was a) healthy/good enough to pitch that many innings, […]

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Halo Headlines: Mike Trout is anti-batflip; Simmons still resting arm

The March 17, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Trout being wrong about bat flips, Simmons sitting out yet another game, and more… The Story: Mike Trout believes bat flips disrespect the game MWAH Says: *SIGH* I suppose we can’t be surprised that someone whose idea of an invigorating conversation involves discussing the weather wouldn’t be […]

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2016 Angels Preview: Matt Shoemaker

The Angels struck gold in 2014 when Matt Shoemaker, a 27-year-old rookie who wasn’t even viewed as a legitimate prospect in a weak Angels system, threw 136 innings and netted 2.1 fWAR. A strong strikeout-to-walk rate and an attack that resembled many of the best Japanese pitchers suggested Shoemaker was no fluke, either. After Garrett Richards […]

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Halo Headlines: Weaver frustrated but determined; Rasmussen retires

The March 16, 2016 edition of Los Angeles Angels news includes Jered Weaver wishing an operation could fix his back issues, a young pitcher electing to walk away from baseball, and more… The Story: Jered Weaver won’t get help from any doctors MWAH Says: The spine specialist confirmed the “degenerative changes” diagnosis and iterated that the bulging […]

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