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  1. Sugano has an offer from Yomiuri for five years with an opt out after the first four years. It is hard to match that unless a club wants to overpay for a 31 year old pitcher. I don’t want yhe Angels to offer any pitcher a five year contract.
  2. Cincinnati would be foolish to include Gray and Castillo in the same deal. Castillo will take a boatload of prospects and MLB ready players. Gray will still cost at least two top 10-15 prospects. There are any number of teams who would be in on both. The chances of acquiring one is low at best.
  3. Don’t forget letting Eddie Bane go. He built an excellent MILB system that then got destroyed by Reagins and DiPoto. Eppler did a better job of resurrecting the Farm, but he and the Scouting Staff were unable to draft and develop pitching. We will see how Minasian does.
  4. Simmons walked out on his teammates the last five games. He won’t be back. There are going to be so many players who will be non-tendered that it is real important to be patient. The Angels need two solid starting pitchers and probably two to four for the pen. I would rather see them sign a SS and let Fletcher play 2B where he is a possible GG winner. I would love to see the Angels acquire a young Catcher who can grow into a number one, they literally have no catching in the minors.
  5. I don’t think you can win with a a six man rotation. It is time for Ohtani and the organization to decide if he will be a pitcher or a hitter. If he is going to be a pitcher then he has to adapt to being part of a five man rotation. If he is going to be a hitter then play him in the outfield and DH Upton. Given his injury history I would rather he concentrate on hitting. The Angels don’t have enough depth to absorb injuries to the starting staff. Pitching is a full time job as is playing in the field every day, especially with Ohtani’s funky mechanics on both. A six man rotation limits the num
  6. Bauer will have his choice of teams to sign with. If he is only signing for one season there are an ample number of teams who have a much better chance of advancing deep in the post season than the Angels. Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers, Reds, Giants etc. Almost every team will be looking for bullpen help. The Angels need quality arms in the pen if they can’t add two starters. Colome or Hendricks for a closer, Richards and hope that Bauer is amenable to a long term contract, if not then offer Stroman or trade for one. If Fletcher is going to play SS then go after Hernandez or La Stella for 2B. If t
  7. I think you have to give Arte the credit for signing Rendon and the Trout extension.Yates was waived at the end of ST so Eppler was operating on a small sample size, also this was probably Scioscia’s decision. I fault Eppler when it comes to player development and scouting. Swanson was not the right man for the job. The Angels signed more international players but they haven’t signed any difference makers from that market. There is still a lack of catching, and no pitching in the upper levels of the organization.
  8. Remember that Arte has a hard time keeping his hands off the roster. Dombrowski is used to being in total control. He may not be compatible with Arte. There are two big hires coming up. Dombrowski isnt going to settle for just being GM, he will want to be President of Baseball Operations, then he will hire a GM and a new Head of Scouting abd Development and probably a new Director of International Scouting. The question is will Arte go for that many changes and the dollars involved to acquire top Front Office talent? I don’t have an andwer for that.
  9. First Base should be an easy position to fill. Hopefully, Ohtani can take over next season. I actually hope he doesn’t pitch because I don’t think a team can win with a six-man rotation, especially the Angels who have no depth. I don’t dislike Thaiss, I just don’t think he is an adequate platoon partner. His defense is very suspect to be a utility player.
  10. How many games is the Manager really responsible for regarding wins and losses? While I have to question the constant need to change the lineup, the bottom line is this team lacks playable depth ( a constant in the Eppler era) both in pitching and the field. While Maddon hasn’t shown me anything that is unique he doesn’t have much to work with. The pitching is incredibly weak. Canning has been very inconsistent , as have Middleton. Bedrosian has missed most of the games. Sandoval isn’t ready and Suarez never will be. The rest of the staff were acquired by trade or as cheap options off the scra
  11. Thaiss has failed to show anything in his many attempts to impress the Angels Front Office that he can contribute on a regular basis. The same holds true for Ward. Walsh may have slightly more value because of his power. I wouldn’t bank on any of the three making much of a contribution in the next few years.
  12. If they taught a class on Pitching 101, the first principal would be commanding the fastball, without this success will be nearly impossible. This is the exact problem that Sandoval and Canning have. Until they can command the fastball they will have problems getting hitters out. I hope these two can grow into reliable starters but it starts with fastball command.
  13. Five games ago the Angels were in last place, behind the Rangers and the Mariners. Fast forward to today after the Angels swept a four game series from the Astros, a team that has been devastated by injuries to their pitching staff. The Angels starting pitching has been good over the last two times through the rotation while the bullpen couldn’t get anyone out. The bats awoke and the Angels scored a lot of runs the last week, especially against the Astros whose bullpen is as bad as the Angels. In the previous thirty seven games the starting pitching and bullpen had been pretty bad. I would be
  14. If the Angels are to compete in 2021 then they can’t use a six man rotation. They haven’t been able to put together a rotation since 2014. There is no pitching depth to account for the inevitable injuries that pitchers seem to suffer at a high rate. Right now you have Bundy, Canning and a bunch of question marks. I am anxious to see Detmers and Naughton next Spring. I am not so anxious to see Sandoval or Suarez. Maybe Chris Rodriguez will surprise in Spring but without the MILB this season he will probably not be ready until 2022. I hope the new GM has abetter plan for acquiring pitc
  15. It is a PTBNL or Cash. This tells me that the PTBNL is a low to moderate prospect not on the Red’s 60 Man Player Pool. The cash may be worth more than the prospect.
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