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Angels Hire Billy Eppler As General Manager

Oct 5, 2015 1:14 PM

Billy Eppler has been named general manager of the Los Angeles Angels.

Eppler replaces interim GM Bill Stoneman, who took over after Jerry Dipoto quit his job at midseason following his latest disagreement with Mike Scioscia, the longest-serving manager in baseball.


Eppler, 40, is a longtime executive of the New York Yankees.

"The Angels are committed to championship standards," Eppler said in a statement released by the club. "They are committed to being a perennial contender, and many of the pieces are already in place for that to occur. I look forward to a collaborative effort as we look to enhance and advance every phase of the baseball operations department. This is an organization with a tremendous amount of talent on and off the field, and I am excited to begin the next chapter of Angels baseball."


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Angels Sign Mat Latos

Sep 29, 2015 7:02 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have signed Mat Latos.

Latos has been placed on the 40-man roster. They cleared room by placing Rafael Lopez on the 60-day disabled list.

He won't be eligible for the playoffs should L.A. qualify, but Latos can pitch in the final week of the season.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Billy Eppler Could Become GM Of Angels

Sep 27, 2015 9:19 PM

Billy Eppler, assistant general manager of the New York Yankees, has a good opportunity to become general manager of the Los Angeles Angels.

Many believe the biggest factor for the Angels is hiring a general manager who can co-exist with Mike Scioscia.

Eppler combines analytics, scouting and a personable nature.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

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Trout Has Fourth-Most HRs Through Age-23 Season

Sep 18, 2015 6:47 AM

Mike Trout hit a grand slam and a solo home run on Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, giving him a career-high 38 home runs this season.

It marked the eighth multihomer game of his career.

Trout hit 36 homers last season and boasts the fourth-highest career home run total (136) of any player through his age-23 season, behind Eddie Mathews, Mel Ott and Alex Rodriguez.


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Angels Haven't Made Decision On David Murphy's Option

Sep 16, 2015 7:16 AM

The Los Angeles Angels will have to make an interesting decision on David Murphy's club option for 2016.

Murphy carries a $7 million option and the Angels have long been searching for a left-handed hitter to face right-handers, but they are in a unique financial situation.

The Angels have eight players accounting for nearly $130 million toward next season's $189 million luxury-tax threshold -- Albert Pujols, Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Mike Trout, Huston Street, Erick Aybar, Joe Smith and Josh Hamilton.

"I would love to be here," Murphy said, "but I'm not going to stress about it. I know what's supposed to happen will happen. I have no control over it. All I control is going out there and playing the best that I possibly can."

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Angels Interview Billy Eppler For GM Role

Sep 15, 2015 7:26 AM

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno and president John Carpino were scheduled to meet with Yankees vice president and assistant general manager Billy Eppler Monday night in New York.

The Angels are looking for Jerry DiPoto's replacement and Eppler interviewed with them when the GM job went to DiPoto initially.

Eppler is also drawing interest from the Seattle Mariners.

This is Eppler's fourth season as Brian Cashman's assistant and his fifth as a VP. Eppler is in the 11th season with the Yankees and heavily involved in the professional scouting aspect of the operation.

George A. King III/New York Post

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Andrew Heaney Sells 10 Percent Stake In His 'Brand Income'

Sep 14, 2015 7:21 AM

Andrew Heaney has become the first Major League Baseball player to sign a contract with Fantex.

The company will pay Heaney $3.34 million in exchange for a 10% stake in Heaney's "brand income," and investors can soon buy shares of a stock linked to his earnings.

Investors can buy and sell Heaney's stock on Fantex's exchange. The company will issue regular earnings reports. It is a novel concept, one players are still figuring out. Heaney evidently thought it was a sound financial decision while teammate Huston Street thought it was "the dumbest deal I've ever heard."

Zach Helfand/Los Angeles Times

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Mariners Plan To Interview Jerry Dipoto

Sep 4, 2015 7:19 AM

The Seattle Mariners plan to interview Jerry Dipoto for their vacant general manager position.

Dipoto, who is currently working as a consultant for the Boston Red Sox, resigned as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels in July.

The Mariners parted ways with Jack Zduriencik last week.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Mike Scioscia Won't Have Say In Angels Hunt For GM

Sep 2, 2015 3:25 PM

Mike Scioscia doesn't expect to have a role in who the Los Angeles Angels hire as their next general manager.

"I don't plan on being part of any selection committee," Scioscia said. "I know the role of a manager in an organization, and I love that part of it. It's not to go pick a GM. I just think, just like any team, you have to be philosophically on the same page, all the way down from ownership to the general manager's seat to the manager to the Minor Leagues and scouting director, everything that's important in fueling your Major League roster. You have to be on the same page."

Jerry Dipoto resigned as GM on July 1, prompting Bill Stoneman to take over in the interim.

Scioscia is in his 16th season as the club's manager and is under contract until 2018.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

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Mike Trout Hitting More Groundballs Amid Slump

Sep 2, 2015 7:14 AM

Mike Trout struggled in the month of August, joining a number of his Los Angeles Angels teammates as they slide down the standings.

Trout, who is having another MVP-worthy season overall, hit just .218/.352/.337 in the month of August. For the season he has a slash line of .296/.397/.571. In July, his OPS was nearly double (1.323 to .689) that of August.

He slumped last August, but still had some power with four home runs. This August, he hit just one home run over the entire month. His groundball rate has increased as of late.

Nearly half of the balls he hit in August were on the ground, something he has looked to actively move away from in the past. He's still hitting the ball as hard as we've come to expect, based on exit velocity, but something is off.

Trout, himself, insists that a wrist injury that cost him a few games in late July isn't to blame for the woes.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

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Angels Begin Interviewing GM Candidates
Bill Stoneman has taken over the position in an interim capacity since Jerry Dipoto stepped down at midseason.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Justin Verlander Loses No-Hit Bid In Ninth
Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander threw a one-hit shutout at the Angels on Wednesday night.


Jered Weaver: Dugout Rant Not Directed At Mike Trout
Angels starter Jered Weaver said his rant was directed at himself and the club as a whole.


Jays Score Franchise-Record 36 Runs During Series Sweep
The Blue Jays swept the Angels over the weekend scoring 36 runs, while also setting a record for most hits in a three-game series with 48.


Angels Still Hope To Acquire Chase Utley
The Angels believed they were close to acquiring Chase Utley on Friday and still hope to land the second baseman.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Several Clubs Have Made Offers For Utley
The Angels, Astros, Cubs, Dodgers and Yankees are also in the mix to acquire Utley, who reportedly wants some assurance of playing time before waiving his full no-trade clause.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

David Robertson Calls Mike Scioscia 'Bush League'
David Robertson called Mike Scioscia "bush league" for his handling of a replay review during Wednesday night's game between the White Sox and Angels.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Trout On Pace For Highest WAR Through Age-23 Season Ever
Mike Trout is quietly putting together the best season of his young career, which is saying something when you consider the historic numbers he put up in his first few years.

Mike Petriello/MLB

Angels, Blue Jays, Red Sox Could All Covet Dombrowski
Dave Dombrowski was released from his contract with the Tigers on Tuesday, but doesn't figure to be unemployed long if he so chooses.

Jeff Passan/Yahoo! Sports

Kershaw Extends Streak To 37 Scoreless Innings
Clayton Kershaw threw eight innings of two-hit baseball as the Dodgers defeated the Angels by the score of 3-1.


C.J. Wilson Expects Season-Ending Elbow Surgery
C.J. Wilson will likely cut this season short to avoid a more long-term injury.


Indians Acquire David Murphy, David DeJesus
The Angels have now acquired three outfielders, including Shane Victorino, this week.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Red Sox Trade Shane Victorino To Angels
Boston will pay $3.8 million of the $4.9 million remaining on Shane Victorino's contract, according to a Major League source.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Angels Linked To Indians' David Murphy
Murphy, 33, is hitting .299/.347/.443 in 224 plate appearances. He is owed $6 million this season and has a $500,000 buyout on his $7 million team option for 2016.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Angels Could Turn Pitching Depth Into Hitter
The Angels are talking to clubs about trading some of their pitching depth for a left fielder, according to Major League sources.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Angels Warming To Idea Of Adding Rental Hitters
The Angels would prefer to add a hitter under contract past this season, but are now warming to the idea of acquiring a rental bat for the stretch run.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Albert Pujols Passes Mike Schmidt On Home Run List
Albert Pujols hit three home runs in one doubleheader on Monday for the Angels.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Angels Prioritizing Control In Search For Bat
The Angels have long been linked to a bat as the trade deadline approaches and they continue to cast a wide net.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Angels Rained Out At Home For First Time Since '95
The Angels had played 1,609 straight home games without being rained out.


Angels Finding Asking Prices For Offensive Help To Be Too High
The Angels are actively trying to acquire offensive help ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, but they currently find the asking prices to be too high.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

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