Halo Headlines – 12/4/09

The Story: Baseball America rates the Angel farm system in the bottom half of the league. The Monkey Says: Tell me something I don’t know.  The Angel system hasn’t been good for the last year or two after graduating so many prospects and it is going to take time for it to recover but they […]

No Arbitration for You!

What does a guy have to do to get offered salary arbitration? Career year?  Check. Locker room leader?  Check. Clutch performances?  Check. Offer salary arbitration?  ACCESS DENIED!!!!!  No salary arbitration for you, Darren Oliver! No soup arbitration for you!!! Come back, one year!!! In a season where the Angel bullpen was left in shambles by […]

Halo Headlines – 12/3/09

The Story: Former Angel announcer Rex Hudler is holding two book signings next weekend.  The Monkey Says: Go out and by Rex’s book and give Hud a thanks for his years of service if you are so inclined. The Story: continues their interview with Angel personnel director Abe Flores.  The Monkey Says: The most […]

Halo Headlines – 12/2/09

The Story: The Angels will likely have to find an ace from within next season.  The Monkey Says: Barring a Halladay trade, that appears to be the case.  However, I am already getting a little tired of the Angels trying to paint Jered Weaver (or any other Angel pitchers) as aces.  He might be #1 […]

Angels Lack Options

The Angels have some very tough decisions to make this off-season.  We all know they have to figure out whether or not to bring back Chone Figgins, John Lackey and Vladimir Guerrero but the difficult choices go even deeper for the Halos.  As they wrestle to figure out who will lead the roster, they’ll also […]

Halo Headlines – 12/1/09

The Story: Lyle Spencer anticipates a big bounce back season for the Angel bullpen.  The Monkey Says: A healthy Scot Shields and a return to form by Jose Arredondo will certainly help, but the fact of the matter is Brian Fuentes is effing shaky and will hold the bullpen back from being anything other than […]

Angel Things to be Thankful For

With Thanksgiving now come and gone and by tryptophan-induced coma wearing off I think it is important to take a little time to reflect on things I am thankful for this year.  I suppose I could talk about my family and world peace, but I think we all know that the Angels take real priority, […]

Halo Headlines – 11/30/09

The Story: Rex Hudler remains upbeat after his firing from the Angel broadcast booth.  The Monkey Says: The Wonder Dog sounds positive and upbeat?  I don’t believe you.  Rex’s days with the Halos might be over, but he is bound to land on his feet either in broadcasting or as a motivational speaker. The Story: […]

Halo Headlines – 11/25/09

The Story: Earl Bloom thinks the cost for Roy Halladay will be too high.  The Monkey Says: His solution is just to start calling Jered Weaver the number one starter.  I had no idea all you had to do is starting calling a pitcher an ace and he becomes one.  Weaver is a fine pitcher, […]

Is the Price Right for Roy Halladay?

Let the bidding begin!  Roy Halladay hunting season is officially open and the Angels and Tony Reagins are decked out in their hunting gear and armed to the teeth to go and catch them an ace from north of the border.  The Angels tried to poach Halladay from Toronto once before but find the cost […]

Halo Headlines – 11/24/09

The Story: Kendry Morales finished fifth in AL MVP voting.  The Monkey Says: An impressive showing for K-Mo who certainly had the stats but had to battle the notion that he wasn’t necessarily the MVP of the Angels even.  Also, Chone Figgins finished tied for 10th in the voting and Bobby Abreu was tied for […]

The Kendrick-Izturis Dilemma

The Angels have a problem.  They have two second basemen and both of them deserve to start.  This is a good problem to have, mind you, but still the Angels need to find a solution before the season starts. Can Howie and Maicer continue to co-exist? On one hand, the Angels have Howie Kendrick, the […]

Halo Headlines – 11/23/09

The Story: Several teams are showing interest in Angel free agent Robb Quinlan.  The Monkey Says: Or at least so says Quinlan’s agent.  The Halos are highly unlikely to bring Q back next year as he is far better suited to be working in a bench role in the National League. The Story: Cuban defector […]

Halo Headlines – 11/20/09

The Story: Kendry Morales is going to be switching to the uniform number of 8 next year.  The Monkey Says: Great, now I have to cross out the Kendry Morales jersey I asked for from my Christmas list to Santa. The Story: The Angels added Peter Bourjos to their 40-man roster.  The Monkey Says: Bourjos […]

Reviewing the Previous Off-Season

The Hot Stove League is now officially open for business, but before we start thinking too much about the future, it is always a good idea to reflect on the past.  Tony Reagins will be making some tough decisions this winter, so to get a read on just how well he will perform, let’s look […]