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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

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    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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    Los Angeles Angels Day I & II MLB Draft Recap

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    By @Inside Pitch, AngelsWin.com Contributor Pitcherpalooza!!!   Two days and 10 rounds into the 2021 MLB draft and we can honestly say it's been a bit of a fun if somewhat "steady" ride...   Day one started off with a bang when the consensus "draft day" first overall pick, SS Marcelo Mayer was passed over for Louisville C, Henry Davis.  So, was it really a surprise when the Angels' pick came up at number 9 and the consensus "pre-season" first overall pick was still on the
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    Who will be the big spenders this winter?

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    By Jason Sinner, AngelsWin.com Columnist (aka @Dochalo) Here's who unlikely will spend on players outside of some 1 and maybe 2-yr deals. We won't really go into much detail here for the following teams. BAL, DET, KC, TB, TOR, ARZ, MIA, COL, PIT, SF.   Here's who might spend some money but likely on deals in the 1-3yr range.  Not on any big names.   BOS - likely to shed some payroll.  can't see them being big FA players OAK - don't have much money but might surprise with
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    Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball

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    AngelsWin.com's Top-50 Greatest Moments in Angels Baseball   When the word went out that AngelsWin.com was compiling a list of the 50 greatest moments in Angels history, my first thought, sadly enough, was to the tumultuous moments in our team’s history: I thought of how the Angels have always been second-class citizens living in the shadow of Chavez Ravine; or how we have spent most of our history grasping at greatness, yet coming up empty. I did not immediately think about the World
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    Mike Trout Wins 2019 Baseball Digest Player of the Year Award

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    The 28-year-old and two-time A.L. MVP, completed his 2019 season batting .291 with 27 doubles, two triples, 45 home runs, 104 RBI, 11 stolen bases, 110 walks and 110 runs scored. Below is a list of some of his accomplishments in his ninth big league season. Mike Trout finished in the top two among American League leaders in 2019—with 45 home runs (2nd), 100 walks (2nd), a .438 OBP (1st), .645 slugging percentage (1st), 1.083 OPS (1st) and 8.3 bWAR 8.3 (1st)—despite having his season end on
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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Prospect Hotlist (8/23 - 9/5)

By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist A slew of late-season promotions continue to shuffle the Angels' minor league deck, but strong performances remain! --Pitchers-- 1) Davis Daniel – RHP, Rocket City AA: You can sort of Davis Daniel is becoming the Angels’ pitching equivalent of Michael Stefanic; both came into 2021 without much hype, both have performed not only extremely well, but extremely well consistently throughout the season, and both arguably are MLB-ready, even with Dani

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The Power of Shohei Ohtani

By AngelsWin.com's Chuck Richter, David Saltzer When the Angels signed Shohei Ohtani in December, 2017, they knew that they were getting a special player. How special, though, remained to be seen. They knew he had a power arm and a power bat, but no one in a century had combined both in a full season of baseball.  This year, Ohtani is having an unprecedented year. Fans are literally seeing history made every night, whether it’s through his hitting or his pitching. Sometimes it’s with b

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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Prospect Hotlist (8/9-8/22)

By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist An infusion of pitching talent from the 2021 draft began their pro careers over the last two weeks, and a number of familiar names continued to make an impact at the higher levels on the offensive side of things. As the minor league season draws close to its final month, more attention will turn towards which prospects earn promotions to the next level, including some to the major leagues, with the Angels bolstering their youth movement and looking mo

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AngelsWin.com Exclusive Interview with Angels Infielder David Fletcher

Interview conducted by David Saltzer and Tres Hefter  Who doesn’t like a blue-collar player? A scrapper. A grinder. The kind of player who leaves it all out there on the field and doesn’t get cheated in an at bat. Players like that quickly become fan favorites. They make the team better than their individual stats suggest. Fans connect with them because in many cases, that’s the kind of player they wish that they could be. In David Fletcher, the Angels have one of the best blue-co

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

By The AngelsWin.com Prospect Posse Welcome to our updated 2021 prospects list. After the tragedy that was a lost minor league season in 2020, we were very excited to see our minor leaguers in action. The big surprise this year is the veritable explosion of pitching, from strong performances by top prospects Reid Detmers and Chris Rodriguez, to the emergence of lesser-known guys like Davis Daniel and Robinson Pina, as well as many fringe guys all of a sudden becoming legitimate major league

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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Prospect Hotlist! (7/26 - 8/8)

Robinson Pina, RHP Tri-Cities Dust Devils   By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist With the trade deadline now in the past and prospects on the move to the bigs, attention continues to turn towards some of the Angels breakout prospects; unexpected performance from once-prospects, 2021 draftees and trade returns making their debuts, players adjusting to new leagues and other names returning from injury... -- Pitchers-- 1) Robinson Pina – RHP, Tri-City A+: In the las

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AngelsWin.com Interview with Angels Prospect Pitcher Jack Kochanowicz

Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer It’s easy to see why the Angels drafted Jack Kochanowicz in the 3rd round of the 2019 draft (92nd overall). He’s big (6’6”) and still filling out, so there was and is a lot to project with him. As a result, the Angels went overslot for him to buy him out of his commitment to the University of Virginia. There is a lot to like with Kochanowicz. His velocity has ticked up since being drafted, and now sits mid-90s and touche

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AngelsWin.com Interview with Angels Minor League Pitcher Jack Dashwood

Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer In 2019, UC Santa Barbara tied a school record with 10 players taken in a single draft. The Angels were the first team to select one of the Gauchos when they picked the Saturday Night starter, left-handed pitcher Jack Dashwood in the 12th round (361st overall). Between the lost year to Covid, and some injuries, 2021 has been the first year where we have been able to see Dashwood on the mound. And, from what we saw, we we

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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Prospect Hotlist (7/12-7/25)

By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist Some new names, some familiar names, an interesting couple of weeks saw new Angel farmhands continuing to break out and Angel pitchers position themselves for potential MLB call-ups… -- Position Players-- 1) Edwin Yon – RF, Inland Empire, A: The towering (6’5”? 6’8”?) outfielder hailing from La Romana in the Dominican Republic easily had the hottest two weeks of any Angels farmhand, highlighted by a 2 HR, 9 RBI performance on July 14th.

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AngelsWin.com Interview with IE66ers Outfielder Edwin Yon

By David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer On December 12th, 2019, the Angels made what appeared to be a quiet move when they selected outfielder Edwin Yon with their 2nd round pick of the Triple-A portion of the Rule V Draft. Originally signed by the Cincinnati Reds on November 5, 2014 as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic, Yon, a right handed hitting OFer had spent several seasons in Rookie ball in the Reds system before showing some improvement during the 2019.

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AngelsWin.com Interview with IE 66ers Manager and former Angels Third Baseman Jack Howell

Interview Conducted by David Saltzer, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer Long-time Angels fans will recognize the IE66ers manager and former Halo, Jack Howell. As an Angels fan, it is great to see him back with the organization where he made it to the majors and played primarily 3B (but also many other positions, such as OF, 1B, and 2B). He even had 2 plate appearances in the 1986 postseason for the Angels, go 0 for 1 with a walk. Jack is also the player who made one of the most memorable mom

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2021 Angelswin.com Trade Deadline Series: Conclusion

The Era of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani is Now In this Angelswin.com Trade Deadline Series, we examined the Angels standings in the League and how it impacts their Playoff Odds, made some practical assumptions about their potential posture heading into the Trade Deadline (July 30th), determined their areas of need, and probed prospective partners in any deal, whether the Halos decide to buy or sell (or both!). Here is a graphic of all of the teams with at least a 10% chance or more of

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2021 Angelswin.com Trade Deadline Series: Likely Targets to Sell

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Now that we have identified probable purchases, it is time to flip the script and discuss what happens if the Angels become sellers, rather than buyers. For the purposes of this article we will only discuss those assets that actually have some level of reasonable trade value as it will not be the best use of time trying to find someone with minimal or even zero value, like Tony Watson or Kurt Suzuki, a hypothetical home on another team.

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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Hotlist 6/28 - 7/11 (Pitchers Only Edition)

Davis Daniel out of Auburn was selected in the 7th round of the 2019 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Angels By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist As with the position player version posted on Monday, I decided to expand the pitchers up to ten this week as well, in honor of the amateur draft, the Arizona League beginning play, and the rampant trade speculation that will exist over the next two weeks. With a whole bevy of newly drafted pitchers joining the ranks soon, it's time for an

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2021 Angelswin.com Trade Deadline Series: Probable Assets to Acquire

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Now that we have spent some time getting the lay of the land, it is time to do a bit more speculative analysis, based on the Angels' needs, if they become buyers. Knowing the Halos most probable four areas of need and the list we created of likely sellers, we can use FanGraphs sortable statistics, looking at possible catchers, starters, right fielders, and relievers that might be targets of interest for the Angels and are also likely to

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Los Angeles Angels Day I & II MLB Draft Recap

By @Inside Pitch, AngelsWin.com Contributor Pitcherpalooza!!!   Two days and 10 rounds into the 2021 MLB draft and we can honestly say it's been a bit of a fun if somewhat "steady" ride...   Day one started off with a bang when the consensus "draft day" first overall pick, SS Marcelo Mayer was passed over for Louisville C, Henry Davis.  So, was it really a surprise when the Angels' pick came up at number 9 and the consensus "pre-season" first overall pick was still on the

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Los Angeles Angels Prospect Hotlist 6/28-7/1 (Position Players Only)

By Tres Hefter, AngelsWin.com Columnist In honor of the draft, the commencement of the Arizona League, and reaching the halfway point of the MLB season, we’re doubling up today – featuring ten hitters and ten pitchers who have performed well over the last two weeks. This is also in part to the hot hitting on the farm, as eight Angels farmhands posted an OPS over 1.000, with four prospects from the Arizona team opening their seasons with big production at the plate.    --Posit

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2021 Angelswin.com Trade Deadline Series: Keepers, Assets, and Targets

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer So now that we have performed some basic analysis to understand where the Angels are strong and weak and which teams are likely sellers, buyers, or somewhere in-between, we can make more knowledgeable guesses about how the Angels might generally upgrade, whom they might sell, and the probable, more specific target areas of improvement. The first step is to determine who the Halos plan to build the team around moving forward into the fut

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2021 Angelswin.com Trade Deadline Series: Methodology and Analysis

By Robert Cunningham, Angelswin.com Senior Writer Now that we have a sense of the Angels playoff odds (16.2% as of July 10th, 2021), we need to identify their strengths and weaknesses heading into the Trade Deadline. Additionally, it is important to identify a likely list of buyers and sellers, which we will scrutinize at the end of this Trade Deadline Series installment. One of the best methods to identify weaknesses, from the author’s perspective, is to simply examine team offense, d

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2021 Angelswin.com Trade Deadline Series: Playoff-Bound or Not?

Author’s Note: Angelswin.com would like to welcome all of the new people who have joined the site! New blood and fresh faces, opinions, and commenters make this Angel fan community stronger, thank you for joining and please feel free to participate in the conversations, as well! Also, for the remainder of this Trade Deadline series we will utilize FanGraphs.com, a premier data-driven baseball website for all of our projected and factual information. Any additional, outlying information used will

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Shohei Ohtani sets MLB record for most home runs in a season by a Japanese-born player

Shohei Ohtani has made Major League Baseball history when it comes to Japanese-born players and we are only in the month of July. On Wednesday, the designated hitter/pitcher sensation from Oshu, Japan set the Major League Baseball record for most home runs hit by a Japanese-born player (32) in a season in a 5-4 Angels win over the Boston Red Sox at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Ohtani broke the record previously set by New York Yankees left fielder Hideki Matsui of Nomi, Japan, who had 31 home

Shohei Ohtani chosen as a pitcher and hitter for the All-Star Game

Major League Baseball history was made on Sunday, as Shohei Ohtani of Oshu, Japan was chosen for the 2021 Major League Baseball All-Star game not only as the starting designated hitter in the American League, but as a pitcher as well. There is no doubt that Ohtani is having a sensational season from multiple different positions, but nobody would have expected this Japanese baseball sensation to do what he has done so far in 2021. Now this Los Angeles Angels megastar will become the first player

Throwback Thursday! Tony Reagins Interview Parts I & II

AngelsWin.com interview of GM of Los Angeles Angels - Tony Reagins Interview conducted by @Lou - AngelsWin.com Contributor  November 17th, 2007 Prior to joining the Commissioner’s Office as Chief Baseball Development Officer on August 20th, 2020, Reagins held several key roles with the Los Angeles Angels. His unique career path began with a marketing/advertising sales and baseball operations internship with the Angels before transitioning full-time to the baseball side

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