Los Angeles Angels Wiretap

Angels Will Open Season With Four Pitchers

Mar 30, 2015 8:13 AM

The Los Angeles Angels will open the season with four starting pitchers, meaning Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano will likely begin the year with Triple-A Salt Lake.

Los Angeles will start with a rotation of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker and Hector Santiago and an eight-man bullpen.

Because of an off-day after the third game, they won't need a fifth starter until April 14 in Texas.

Garrett Richards, who is recovering from left knee surgery and has looked strong in an intrasquad game and two minor league starts, will open on the disabled list. He can be activated on April 11.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

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M's To Start King Felix In Season Opener

Mar 29, 2015 1:31 AM

Mariners pitching ace Felix Hernandez is all set to start on opening day for the seventh straight year.

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made it official on Saturday.

Hernandez will pitch April 6 in Seattle against the AL West champion Angels.

This will be the eighth career opening-day start for Hernandez. He is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous openers.


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Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B

Mar 26, 2015 10:02 AM

The average Major League Baseball team is worth $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.

The valuation represents a 48 percent increase from last year.

The reason for the growth is the national television deal, which the magazine notes will deliver an average of $52 million per team per year through the 2021 season.

The New York Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark. The Dallas Cowboys were estimated to be worth $3.2 billion by Forbes last August.

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Cory Rasmus To Miss Six To Eight Weeks

Mar 22, 2015 12:53 AM

Angels pitcher Cory Rasmus needs surgery for what the team calls a core injury and will be sidelined six to eight weeks.

Manager Mike Scioscia made the announcement Saturday.

Rasmus was 3-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 30 games last year, helping the Angels lead the majors with 98 wins.


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MLB To Rule On Hamilton By Opening Day

Mar 21, 2015 1:21 AM

Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball expects to make a decision on possible discipline against Angels' star Josh Hamilton by Opening Day.

Manfred said Friday that "we are working toward a result."


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Manfred: Hamilton's Shoulder Reduces Urgency For Suspension

Mar 17, 2015 3:41 PM

Josh Hamilton's rehabilitation from right shoulder surgery has removed any sense of urgency to decide on a suspension for the Los Angeles Angels outfielder, according to Rob Manfred.

Hamilton suffered a relapse in his battle with substance abuse.

"Because Josh isn't in a position where he's going to be on the field, it has made the timing a little more relaxed," Manfred said. "Beyond that, I just can't say anything."

Hamilton, who survived a harrowing addiction to cocaine and alcohol to become a five-time All-Star with the Texas Rangers, met with Major League Baseball officials in New York on Feb. 25 for a disciplinary issue.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

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Angels Will Pass On Jake Locker

Mar 11, 2015 10:28 AM

Jake Locker, 26, announced his retirement from an injury-plagued career as an NFL quarterback on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Angels selected Locker in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, signing the two-sport star for $300,000 even though he was focused primarily on football.

The Angels hold his rights as a baseball player until August 2015.

"We're not interested in him as a baseball player," Jerry Dipoto said. "We're going to focus on the guys we have. We have enough going on."

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Jim Harbaugh Coaches First Base For The A's

Mar 8, 2015 12:31 AM

New U. of Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh was in camp and in uniform with the A's on Saturday at the invitation of Oakland manager Bob Melvin.

Harbaugh was in full uniform instead of his trademark sideline khaki pants. He was wearing No. 4, his old number as a quarterback, while sporting a high-socks look.

"He requested those," Melvin said with a smile.

Melvin let Harbaugh coach first base against the Angels at HoHoKam Stadium.

Harbaugh came into the game in the third inning, and coached first base all the way to the A's win in the bottom of the ninth.


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MLBPA Backs Hamilton, Calls Leaks 'Cowardly'

Mar 6, 2015 7:27 AM

The Major League Baseball Players Association has come to the defense of Josh Hamilton, issuing a statement critical of news leaks that it calls "cowardly" and intended to hurt Hamilton "personally and professionally."

"It is regrettable that people who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally have started leaking information about the status of his treatment program and the confidential processes under our Joint Drug Agreement," said the union statement. "These anonymous leaks are cowardly, undermine the integrity of our collectively bargained agreements and in some instances have been wholly inaccurate.

"The Major League Baseball Players Association will use every right we have under the collective bargaining agreement to make sure Josh gets the help he needs, and the fair and confidential process to which he is entitled."

Hamilton, a five-time All-Star who signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in December 2012, suffered a relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to reports.

He met with MLB officials in New York last week as a precursor to possible disciplinary action.

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Source: Arbitrator To Decide On Hamilton's Rehab

Mar 5, 2015 8:21 AM

The decision about whether Josh Hamilton should enter rehabilitation will be made by an arbitrator after a four-person disciplinary committee deadlocked, according to a source.

Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to multiple reports.

The commissioner's office and the MLB Players Association each appointed a lawyer and a physician to the committee, which determines whether the drug policy was violated and a course of treatment.


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Garrett Richards Won't Pitch On Opening Day
The Angels remain hopeful Garrett Richards could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season.


Josh Hamilton Suffered Drug Relapse
Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to a report by the New York Daily News.


Josh Hamilton Faces Discipline From MLB
Josh Hamilton was scheduled to meet Wednesday with MLB officials in New York about a disciplinary issue.


Trout Wants To Reduce Strikeouts, Increase Steals
Mike Trout is hoping to reduce his strikeouts, run more and avoid another playoff exit.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Angels Sign Lindstrom To Minors Deal
Matt Lindstrom will earn $1 million if he makes the Major League roster.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Garrett Richards Hopes To Be Cleared For Bullpen Sessions
Garrett Richards ran this week without restriction for the first time since rupturing his left patellar tendon back in August.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Angels, Matt Joyce Agree To Deal
The Angels have agreed to a one-year, $4.75 million contract with Matt Joyce.

Associated Press

Josh Hamilton To Have Shoulder Surgery
Josh Hamilton will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and is expected to resume baseball activities in three to eight weeks.


Garrett Richards Gets $3.2M From Angels
Pitcher Garrett Richards had a breakout season for the Angels in 2014.


Angels, Freese Agree To $6.425M Deal
This is the final season by arbitration eligibility for David Freese.

Mike Perchick/WAPT

Angels Open To Extensions With Iannetta, Richards, Street
The Angels plan to begin negotiating a contract extension with Huston Street and have already discussed the possibility with him personally, according to a source.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Shields' Price Tag Hasn't Dropped Enough To Interest Angels
L.A. general manager Jerry Dipoto was asked Tuesday if the right-hander's supposed declining price had the club interested.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange-County Register

Angels Aren't Courting Scherzer, Shields
The Angels aren't "engaged with any free agent pitcher at all," according to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Angels, Blue Jays, Mets Showing Interest In Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won't be eligible to sign with a Major League club until July 2.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Haren 'Holding Out Hope' For Trade To Southern California
Dan Haren, who was traded to the Marlins along with Dee Gordon, has a decision to make regarding his future.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Sources: Angels Sign Cuban Prospect Roberto Baldoquin
Roberto Baldoquin will receive an $8M bonus once the deal becomes official.


Sources: Angels Have Discussed Hamilton With Rangers, Padres
Josh Hamilton is owed $83 million over the next three seasons.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Angels Acquire Matt Joyce From Rays
The Rays have traded Matt Joyce to the Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen.


Dodgers Deal For Kendrick From Angels
The Dodgers have traded pitcher Andrew Heaney to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick.