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  1. Very well done, although I do believe we will have a bit more to work with than 45-50 million. I do not see any major arbitration hit with what we currently have on the roster aside from Stassi (that will not be the case, however, in 2023). I think we'll have 55-60 million to spend if we want to stay in the 180-190 million payroll range.
  2. I graded the trade a C. I thought we got decent returns for both Heaney and Watson, but like another poster said in this thread it doesn't move the needle at all. And as much as I wanted us to be sellers and was hoping to get a Jonathan Gray type prospect for Iglesias and or Cobb, I was probably not being realistic. I do believe that both Iglesias and Cobb are now likely to extend with the Angels, and considering the holes we have to fill I am OK with that. Now, if we do not re-sign Iglesias then I will be very critical of not moving him. But, on a side note, we have added 24 pitchers to our minor league clubs in the past month. This convinces me how bad our pitching situation in the minors actually is/was. Despite the emergence of Sandoval, Suarez, and Barria (not to mention Shohei), I still think we need one more #2-3 type of starter to truly be competitive in our division next year.
  3. I like Cobb a lot, and there is the option of trading him and then trying to resign him anyways (which wasn't listed or I would have traded him). But, what another poster paraphrased above, Cobb will not get us to the promised land. He is a solid #4 who is having a good year, but considering his injury history and up and down past, this success could literally turn on a dime. If he has value and if we can pull a solid pitching prospect who projects as a #3 upside (floating around AA someplace), then I say we pull the trigger. For me, we need as many pitching prospects as we can get. I am fully on board trading away every asset we can this year for more talented close to MLB ready arms as we can get. Because, as much as I am excited about Detmer, CRodriguez, and our new draft choices, we all know that every single one of them panning out is highly unlikely. Just look how badly Canning has flamed out despite all this talent. The reality is we need a lot more than what we currently have if we really want to compete. And for me, this year is a loss. I have to believe we can somehow muster 3 real quality starting pitching prospects (55 grades overall) by offering Adell, Iglesias (both of them), Cobb, Heaney, Bundy, and Adams to any combination of teams. For me the biggest take away from this past draft was just how in shambles our minor league pitching situation is. We can speculate all we want about taking 20 pitchers in 20 rounds (19 being from college). But the biggest take away for me, was our minor league pitching situation is scary bad, so much so, our draft was historic just to try to rectify it.
  4. I like this list a lot. I'd flip Bachman and Rodriguez, because I still have durability questions about Rodriguez. He needs to finish with at least 80 innings this year for me to considering him anything beyond a future closer. His stuff is absolutely electric, and he should spend the rest of the year stretching out. We already know he can get it done against big league hitters (granted a small sample size, but for a kid his age is impressive), but can his body hold up? I'd also replace Adams with Vera. I know Adams is young, but I haven't seen much production this year. Although, he did look impressive Spring.
  5. I totally agree with you. I wasn't on the selling bandwagon until this disaster series with the Rays. If we package Heaney, Iglesias, and/or Cobb I think we can get some 1 really good or perhaps 2 decent type prospects.
  6. I think Eppler went a long way to stabilize the program, but I also believe we saw the franchise regressing. Eppler's drafts were starting to become lack-luster, and even though he is given credit for rebuilding our farm system, let's not forget he had five years to do it and we are still rated in the bottom half of the league. Now, I realize a lot of these high-risk/reward types could erupt and our farm system could catapult in to a top 15 farm, but let's be realistic. Eppler's entire draft portfolio is mediocre. In fact, much of our success came in two draft classes because the others were quite piss poor. Eppler's ability to find free-agents has also been very disappointing. I am sympathetic regarding Arte and the payroll, but it's not like we have a shoe-string budget. Yes, Eppler inherited a lot of bloated contracts, but he missed out on a lot of solid players as well, and continued to fail in his back up plans. The one-year starters were atrocious, and the only positive trade moves he made was Bundy and Simmons (in which we traded away a future starter). I know Eppler has limited budget compared to the Yankees, but almost every year he's had 30-40 million to play with (which ain't chump change) and there are consistent major problems our teams have had that have never been substantively addressed. The Manager merry go around under Eppler was also disastrous. I still can't help but think Mike Scioscia would still be our manager if it wasn't for Eppler. Yes, I realize for the past ten years it seemed like Scioscia was treading water (and I wasn't against making a change), but to go from the best managers in the program's history to an experiment gone really bad in Ausmus, was quite the blunder. Now, obviously Eppler did some (not good but brilliant) things like extending trout, signing Rendon, and of course Ohtani (although, they completely mis-handled him). There have been other good moves as well like the Renignfo (sp) trade, Bundy/Simmons, La Stella, a variety of solid catcher decisions, so he wasn't as bad as Depoto or Reagans. But it did feel like our program under Eppler was about to head in the opposite direction. We were about to lose of the gains he made. So, I think a change was needed. I also believe that Eppler was pressured to upgrade the on the field managerial staff, and if Eppler and the staff were completely on the same page last year (despite the poor season) Eppler would have been given another year. I can say, the approach I have seen this team take on the field this year has been night and day compared to other years. I see us running and stealing a lot more. We manufacture more runs. Also, the pitchers are given more flexibility to work themselves out of jams. Allowing both Ohtani and Canning to work themselves out of jams, will only add to their confidence. For me though, the biggest positive (and I am not sure who get's credit for this one yet), is the continued development of Walsh and the resurgence of Upton. The one benefit from the Covid year was a lot of players had in essence two full off-seasons (with a little baseball in between) to get healthy. Maybe that's what's going on, or maybe there is a different approach behind the scenes that's enabling this. But this organization is clearly operating (at least on the field) much more confidentially than in years past. I want to see a full draft class before I begin to formulate an opinion on Minisian.
  7. Admittedly, I am optimistic around this time of year. I do have a better feeling about our team for a few reasons. Starting pitching: So, we made no major acquisition, but we have a lot of guys coming back who are finally coming of age. Barria, Canning, and Sandoval have all gotten enough exposure to the big leagues where they'll finally settle in. I have a bit more faith in Barria and Canning than Sandoval (he's quite wild now that he's dramatically increased his velocity), but it's about time for these players to reach their potential. In addition, Quintana is probably the best starting pitching acquisition we've made (one may say Bundy, but Bundy exceeded expectations last year) in the past five years. Ohtani is also back and healthy, and hitting triple digits. Finally, this is the healthiest I can recall our rotation being in a long time. We just came off an shorten season, where quite frankly a lot of players got the opportunity to finally get healthy because in essence they've had a two year long off season, with a little baseball thrown somewhere in the middle. This is why I think Cobb looks so good now. This last point though, will benefit more than just the Angels. Relief pitching: If we had better relief pitching we could have been in the extended playoffs last year despite our poor starting pitching. I can't recall how many games the bullpen blew. I think we got rid of the dead weight in the bullpen, and brought in some quality relievers with potential. With this said, I thought the bullpen was going to be our strength last year but man oh man, a lot of those guys imploded. Nevertheless, for the first time in a while, I think we have a legitimate closer. With this said, I'd be much happier if we had one more proven ready arm in the pen. Line-up: Putting up hits and runs has never really been our issue. Any line-up with Trout and Rendon will produce a good amount of offense. But throw in Fletcher, Iglesias (who I think is an upgrade offensively over Simmons), an emerging Walsh (who I think will regress a little but still have a decent OPS) I think we should be just fine here. If Upton comes back healthy (another guy who will have extended from a two year off-season) this could be a real dynamic line-up. Coaching: Maddon has had these guys for a full year and I think now has a GM he wasn't forced upon. I see our coaching staff (one of the best in baseball) and front office being on the same page. Spring Training: Our performance during spring training has really fueled my optimism, especially in our rotation. Ohtani looks like the mega star we thought he'd be, Bundy is looking good, Cobb looks good, and Quintana also looks good. Maybe I am setting myself up for disappointment (it has happened before), but I figure sooner or later we should catch some breaks.
  8. Dude, I ain't gonna lie. I am getting jazzed. I don't know if this is faux spring optimism or what, but thus far Ohtani is showing his velocity is back up (which means he's mentally recovering from his injury), Cobb's velocity is up, CRod and Detmer both looked good in their brief appearances, and I even thought Brady showed some potential (although his control needs to improve). For some reason, I have a sneaky feeling the Angels are going to be really good this year.
  9. The choke year was pretty awful. And like you the following year I was expecting a huge rebound and we just shit ourselves. Those are two very disappointing years. Also, the year we got Hamilton. Also, three years ago, I was expecting the Angels to completely erupt and we got off to a great start. Of course, then everything fell apart
  10. I voted yes, but he's no doubt been an upgrade from what we have before. Yes, he's rebuilt our farm system, but he's also bungled some drafts. We've had five full drafts under Eppler and we are somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of minor league depth, and we still don't have any top tier pitching prospects ready to make an impact. Yes, we signed Ohtani, but I also argue we have completely mismanaged him. Hats off to Epp for finding some diamonds such as Goodwin and La Stella. But, we've rolled the dice plenty and come up short with pitching. I also had to take into consideration his absolute bungling of hiring a manager. The Ausmus experiment was a complete disaster. I am not adamant about making a change, and if we kept Epp one year longer I wouldn't have lost sleep. But I do believe we have reach our ceiling under him, and this outcome was inevitable.
  11. I am gonna say 38 I am actually pretty excited for this season.
  12. I appreciate the thoughts . I actually support Middleton's right to kneel (and I never criticized Middleton), and him kneeling doesn't bother me it all. I am a pretty left guy actually and support many of the social justice policies in the BLM movement. But, I only follow a couple of Angel columnist/reporters on twitter and at least in my twitter feed that's what dominated my news feed and IMHO it was way over covered. But, hey, that's just one guy's opinion. At the very least it reminded me I should renew my mlb.tv subscription so I can watch the game live oppose to getting updates on twitter lol.
  13. Thanks halonatic ... to each his own I guess. Not to get into a tit for tat, but between posts about Middleton kneeling, Giant player kneeling, and retweets most of yesterday's commentary was more about kneeling than the game. I mean, after all, it is only the first real game (albeit an exhibition) since the pandemic. I guess that's not a big deal. And professional players have been kneeling during the anthem for the past two years, so it's not like it's new. Granted, I acknowledge the BLM protest have brought new life to the debate (and I agree with the majority of BLM's political objectives ... hell, I even have a PhD in political science and one of my areas of study was race relations in the US), but I guess I seek sports out to watch and read about sports. If that makes me a snowflake so be it.
  14. I appreciate all you do Jeff, but yesterday you made more tweets about the kneeling than about the game itself. I completely support Middleton's right to kneel, but many of us go to sports to get away from the struggles of society. It's our escapism from the hardships of real life. I know some of it will overlap to some degree, and maybe that's appropriate, but I sure hope that this doesn't become the new norm or our Angels coverage isn't dominated by social commentary. I know I may get criticized for this point of view, but I believe many folks feel the same way.
  15. How much of the early success of Bundy, Barria, Suarez, Cole, and Andreise have to do with Calloway? I know many on here gave up on Barria and Suarez to some extent (I know I did), it's still important to remember both are still younger than the average double A player. If just one or two of the above was having a good spring I wouldn't think anything of it. But, when all of them are off to their best starts of their career that has to be more than a coincidence. I am expecting at least one if not more will tale off eventually, but considering how week our pitching core is it is the one position where we needed to see a strong start. Once upon a time Barria and Suarez where projected to be solid number fours, and the wheels completely came off last year. But I also keep forgetting how young both are and both could still develop to be solid rotation pieces. And once upon a time Bundy was one of the top pitching prospects in baseball. I do not expect Canning to pitch this year, and fully anticipate him getting Tommy John, which means we have to trade for a front line pitcher at some point. Nevertheless, the hot start by all the guys who were angling for a spot in the bottom half of our rotation has me encouraged. If their success has to do with Calloway, then that means it will probably maintain, to at least some extent, into the regular season.
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