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    2019-2020 Off-Season Starting Pitcher Trade Series: Seth Lugo

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    By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer This series will attempt to identify other potential front-line starters that the Angels can possibly trade for and we will continue the series looking at the New York Mets, SP/RP Seth Lugo. Facts Contract Status - Seth has entered his first year of arbitration control, in 2020, and settled with the Mets for a yearly salary of $2M for next season. After that he will have the additional, standard two years of arbitration control fo
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    2020 AngelsWin.com Primer Series: Introduction

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    By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer So I almost didn't write the series this year. A lot of things happened, one of which the company I worked for, Vector-Launch, unfortunately shut down in mid-August due to the loss of our primary financial backer, Sequoia. This was a real loss to me because that was the best damn job I ever had and likely will ever have the remainder of my career. It is rare that you find a position where you enjoy the work so much that you don't e
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    2020 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Second Base

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    By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Once again the Primer Series discussion turns to Eppler's core belief in up-the-middle-defense, of which the keystone is a major component part. When you think about Eppler's statement prior to the 2019 season, regarding young players with upside stepping up, you have to believe that second base is a position that could potentially be filled internally for the 2020 season, not only for real production purposes but also to relieve potent
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    AngelsWin.com's Los Angeles Angels 2021 Top-30 Prospects

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    By the AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse (Angelsjunky, Chuck, Dave Saltzer, Dochalo, Ettin, Inside Pitch, Rafibomb, Second Base, and totdprods) One of the great, largely unspoken, tragedies of the 2020 baseball season was the lack of minor league games, which not only led to a lost year of development (for the most part), but the rushing of the Angels’ top prospect, Jo Adell, to the major leagues, where he looked raw and overmatched, to put it charitably. In terms of compiling a prospects l
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    2020 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Shortstop

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    By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Excellence. This is the word that best describes Andrelton Simmons approach to baseball. It is best exhibited in his defensive glove-work which Simba is renowned for across MLB and, very likely, long after his career has come to an end. Although Simmons struggled a bit at the plate this year, he once again led all of baseball in defense based on FanGraphs 'Def' stat on a games played (Def/G) rate basis, in 2019, as seen below:
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Trevor Bauer’s Deal is Bad for Baseball and Demands a 60/40/20 Rule To Evaluate Contracts With Opt-Outs

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Quick! Let’s play a game. Which of these numbers is not like the other two: 40, 45, and 17. If you guessed 17, you’re a winner! If you also guessed that those numbers represent the reported annual salaries for Trevor Bauer is his pending 3-year deal with the Dodgers, you’d also be right. This deal is bad for baseball. It’s bad for baseball on many levels, and as such, if baseball had an effective commissioner, it should voided and rewo

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Cardinals trade outfielder Dexter Fowler to the Angels

Outfielder Dexter Fowler of Atlanta, GA has been traded according to the Canadian Press. In the deal, Fowler goes from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named later and cash. The Angels become Fowler’s fifth Major League Baseball team. In addition to the Cardinals, Fowler has played for the Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, and Chicago Cubs. By being traded to the Angels, Fowler will be in the American League for the first time. Just don’t expect Fowl

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Orioles trade starting pitcher Alex Cobb to the Angels

The Los Angeles Angels added a starting pitcher on Tuesday, as they acquired righthander Alex Cobb of Boston, MA from the Baltimore Orioles according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN. Heading to the Orioles meanwhile will be second baseman Jahmai Jones of Roswell, GA. The Angels will become Cobb’s third Major League team. In addition to previously playing three seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Cobb pitched six seasons for the Tampa Bay Rays. Cobb will also be reunited with his former manag

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Is Trevor Bauer the final piece?

By @angelsnationtalk, AngelsWin.com Contributor Before we get started let's look at the 5 majors additions the Angels have made so far in 2020. Traded for RP Raisel Iglesias (+$9.125M) Traded for SS Jose Iglesias (+3.5M) Signed RP Alex Claudio (+$1.125M) Signed C Kurt Suzuki (+$1.5M) Signed SP Jose Quintana (+8M) Total adds an additional $23.25M to the 2021 payroll. Here's what is interesting. All of these players become free agents after the 2021 season.  Therefore....

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Angels sign starting pitcher Jose Quintana from the Cubs

Jose Quintana of Arjona, Colombia, has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels worth $8 million from the Chicago Cubs according to the Associated Press. The Angels will become Quintana’s third team he has played for in his Major League Baseball career. In addition to the Cubs, Quintana has pitched for the Chicago White Sox. Quintana did not have a decision in four games in 2020. During his 10 innings pitched, he gave up 10 hits, five earned runs, three walks, and had 12 strikeout

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AngelsWin.com's Los Angeles Angels 2021 Top-30 Prospects

By the AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse (Angelsjunky, Chuck, Dave Saltzer, Dochalo, Ettin, Inside Pitch, Rafibomb, Second Base, and totdprods) One of the great, largely unspoken, tragedies of the 2020 baseball season was the lack of minor league games, which not only led to a lost year of development (for the most part), but the rushing of the Angels’ top prospect, Jo Adell, to the major leagues, where he looked raw and overmatched, to put it charitably. In terms of compiling a prospects l

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2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Bullpen

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Special Request: Hope for Education is a small, targeted charity sponsored by Angelswin.com. I am humbly requesting a small donation as we enter the New Year and hope that you are in the giving mood as these kids need help to learn in a safe environment from this very deadly pandemic. Please lend a hand, even if it is only a couple of bucks, it does make a difference. Thank you for your time and attention! Important Note: First of all I

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Should Some Bloggers Be Allowed to Vote for the Hall of Fame?

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer   With the MLB offseason moving at a glacially slow speed, a lot of time, columns, and commentary has been devoted to which players, if any, might be voted into the Hall of Fame. As of the time this article was written, there are 57 public ballots and 5 anonymous ballots.  There’s even a Hall of Fame vote tracker, where fans can see which players are likely to gain admittance into the Hall of Fame.   Again, as of the time of this

2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Starting Rotation

A healthy Shohei Ohtani is a difference-maker on both sides of the ball By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Note: What can I do here, everyone? Hope for Education is a small, targeted charity with a very specific fundraising goal and they are only a short way off from it. Again, I know some of you might be strapped for cash out there, I get it. But I am not asking for much, $5 is skipping a morning Starbucks run. Even $1, is one item less off the value deal menu at your f

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2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Strategy

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Note: I am humbly requesting any donation (even one dollar!) you can make to the Angelswin.com Charity of the Month, Hope for Education! Every dollar can help, so please lend a hand if you are able!   This part of the Primer Series will be difficult to write, at least this year. New GM Perry Minasian, despite his many years in baseball, is a wildcard in the main decision-making seat, which constrains our ability to construct a

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Reds trade closer Raisel Iglesias to the Angels

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired their second Iglesias in a week. Five days after acquiring shortstop Jose Iglesias from the Baltimore Orioles on December 2, the Angels acquired closer Raisel Iglesias from the Cincinnati Reds for pitcher Noe Ramirez and a player to be announced according to Madeline Fening of WCPO Cincinnati. Jose Iglesias and Raisel Iglesias are not related. Remarkably, they are both 30-year-old natives of Cuba, who were born one day apart. Raisel Iglesias was born in

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2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Financials

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Note from Angelswin.com: Again, I am making a plea for support, to our family here at Angelswin.com, to provide any donation, even $1, to the AW.com sponsored charity-of-the-month, Hope for Education. If I have to go further, I am willing to take unnatural pictures by tdawg's bunk bed to encourage donations or, alternatively, not show them, at the whim of each individual member of the Angelswin.com family. I know times may be tough for many

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2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series: Introduction

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer   Special Request from Angelswin.com: This year, after discussion with Chuck, we have decided to tie-in the 2021 Angelswin.com Primer Series with a wonderful GoFundMe effort called “Hope for Education”. This is a focused fundraiser, to help ten needy families in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico, obtain laptops for educational use in this challenging COVID-19 pandemic environment. These families are unable to afford these computers

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Los Angeles Angels name Perry Minasian as their new general manager

The Los Angeles Angels have named Perry Minasian as their new general manager according to Katherine Acquavella of CBS Sports on Thursday. Minasian had previously been the assistant general manager of the Atlanta Braves, a role he had since 2017. Minasian takes over from Billy Eppler, who was relieved of his duties on September 28. Last season, the Angels finished fourth in the American League West with a record of 26 wins and 34 losses. Prior to being with the Braves, Minasian spent n

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AngelsWin.com Interviews Angels Prospect Jose Rojas

Interview Conducted By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Here at AngelsWin.com, we have been wondering what life is like for the Minor Leaguers working out at the Long Beach facility. It’s got to be very difficult for those players, going through the same routines, trying to stay in shape, ready to join the parent club at a moment’s notice, all while facing the same players each and every day. One of our favorite stories in the Long Beach complex is that of Jose Rojas. Having

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AngelsWin.com Interviews William Holmes

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer To say that 2020 has been a strange year is clearly an understatement. Not only has it dramatically disrupted Major League baseball, but it has all but shutdown Minor League baseball. The long-term effect of that will not be known for years. As fans, we know that the Minor Leaguers are our future. Their development is critical to the success of the Angels organization. To find out more about how those players who are not part of the li

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It's a (new) New Years in July

I recently came across an internet meme that said "January 1st, 2020: I didn't stay up late that night for all this shit to happen". And the way this year has gone, nothing could be more true. The good news is that we have baseball coming back. And, thinking about the baseball season, every year, near the end of June, the Angels do a weekend promotion called "Christmas in June". By that logic, that makes it New Years in July!. So, mark tonight down: July 24, 2020. I say we stay up late

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#28 – July 12, 2019: The Angels Honor Tyler Skaggs with a No-Hitter

If Hollywood hired a writer to write the perfect script for a baseball movie, it couldn’t have done better than what actually happened at Angel Stadium on Friday, July 12, 2019. To set the stage, the Angels were struggling all season long through July 1st, barely holding onto a .500 record. While on the road in Texas, the Angels awoke to the tragic news that their friend, their teammate, their pitcher, Tyler Skaggs had died of an accidental drug overdose in his hotel room. The Angels a

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27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#26-27: WAR per 162 games played & Summary)

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist #26: WAR per 162 games I’m saving my favorite one for the penultimate entry: WAR per 162 games played. This stat, which for some reason isn’t used by any of the statistical sites, measures quality: that is, how good a player is per 162 games played, measured by WAR. The formula is simple: Career WAR divided by 162 games. With the MLB and MLBPA officially put in place a 60-game regular season with the standard 10-team playoff, the Yankees (+

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Shohei Ohtani deadlifts unbelievable amount of weight, proving he's at full strength (Video)

Angels slugger and superstar pitcher Shohei Ohtani dealt with both knee and elbow injuries toward the end of last season, but he appears to have fully recovered from both of those. We say that because there’s one weightlifting exercise that truly involves nearly every muscle in one’s body — with elbows and knees both playing a key part. In part, the knees — as well as one’s back — play a major role in load bearing. The deadlift, as it’s called, is a functional exercise that is a great

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27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#24-25: Best Angels Seasons and that Mantle Comp)

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist Best Angels Seasons by WAR Let’s face it: the Angels aren’t exactly a top tier franchise. For a brief time from 2002-09, they were one of the best franchises in MLB, but as far as their entire history goes—from 1961 to 2019—they’re pretty mediocre, not only in terms of postseason participation, but superstar talent. Consider that before Trout, only three players had surpassed 8 WAR in a season (Erstad, Glaus, DeCinces), only four 7 WAR (add

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27 for Number 27: 27 Amazing Trout Stats (#21-23: OPS, wRC+ and WPA)

By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Columnist My apologizes for the two-month gap in this series--extenuating real-life circumstances (and no, I wasn't sick, but thanks for the concern!). Let's continue... #21: On-Base + Slugging Percentage Remember back in the 90s when OPS was the new-fangled stat that only stat-nerds were using? We’ve come along way  from there, with more sophisticated versions, but it was a starting point for looking at total hitting. Like most conventional sta

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What “If” Arte Went Big on This Year’s Draft

By @Dave Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer I’ve read the same articles that you have about the Angels cutting scouts prior to the draft, and frankly, have been rather upset by that decision. I think it’s a bit penny wise and dollar foolish. So, I’d like to present an alternative idea that I would implement if I ran the Angels. If it were my team, I’d see this year’s draft as a major opportunity to boost the team for the long term, and not a financial drain and would invest heavily i

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