Los Angeles Angels Wiretap

Angels Inquired With Cardinals About Kolten Wong

Dec 9, 2016 7:09 AM

The Los Angeles Angels asked the St. Louis Cardinals about the availability of Kolten Wong this week.

The Cardinals, however, want to keep Wong as they greatly value his defensive ability.

“"None of us have shied away from the fact that this should be a top-tier defender at second base," Mike Matheny said. "And we're never going to back off that, and neither should he."

Chris Cotillo/SB Nation

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Albert Pujols May Miss Opening Day After Foot Surgery

Dec 3, 2016 3:26 AM

Angels star slugger Albert Pujols had surgery on his right foot Friday, possibly sidelining him past Opening Day.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Pujols had the procedure Friday in North Carolina to release his plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to the toes.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury, Misc Rumor

Mike Trout Wins Second AL MVP Over Mookie Betts

Nov 17, 2016 7:04 PM

For the second time in his career, Mike Trout has been named the American League MVP.

Trout is the sixth player to win two MVPs before the age of 26, according to Elias.

Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox finished second in voting and Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros ended up third.

Trout led the majors in runs scored (123), walks (116), on-base percentage (.441) and WAR (10.6). He finished second in the AL in OPS (.991) and tied for second in steals (30).

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Angels Might Consider Moving Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs

Nov 16, 2016 7:52 AM

The Los Angeles Angels are thin on starting pitching, but might consider trading Matt Shoemaker and/or Tyler Skaggs depending on the return.

If the Angels can get something like an everyday second baseman in return, the likelihood of a trade would increase.

The Angels plan to try J.C. Ramirez as a starter, as well as the newly-signed Jesse Chavez.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Dodgers Exploring Trade Options For Howie Kendrick

Nov 9, 2016 8:47 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are reportedly exploring trade options involving Howie Kendrick.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels were named as potential destinations in the report by Ken Rosenthal.

Kendrick, 33, hit .274/.331/.387 with 17 homers through 263 games with the Dodgers the last two years. He has one year remaining on his contract.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Angels Exercise Yunel Escobar's $7M Option For 2017

Nov 8, 2016 7:19 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have exercised their $7 million option on Yunel Escobar for the 2017 season.

Escobar, 34, had a .355 on-base percentage with five home runs and 39 RBIs in 2016, his first season with the Angels.

He had a $1 million buyout on his contract. The Angels acquired Escobar from the Washington Nationals last offseason.


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

Angels Acquire Cameron Maybin From Tigers

Nov 4, 2016 7:18 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Cameron Maybin from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for right-hander Victor Alcantara.

The Angels, who plan to play Maybin in left field, also announced that they will exercise Maybin's $9 million contract option for 2017.

Cameron has spent his entire career as a center fielder.

He hit a career-best .315 with four homers, 43 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 94 games for the Tigers last season.

"Being on this team, with the way they play baseball and constantly have guys moving, whether it's hit-and-run or stealing bases or bunting, I think I fit in with this style of play really well," Maybin said. "I'm looking forward to playing for Mike Scioscia. I've enjoyed watching how he manages from afar. I look forward to being part of that poetry in motion."


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Matt Showmaker Open To Wearing Protective Headgear

Oct 6, 2016 4:55 PM

Matt Shoemaker, who was struck in the head by a line drive last month, says he's open to wearing protective headgear in the future.

Shoemaker was hit on the right side of his head by a line drive from Kyle Seager of the Seattle Mariners on Sept. 4.

The right-hander sustained a small skull fracture and hematoma. He was released from the hospital two days after undergoing surgery to stop additional bleeding in his skull.

"I remember throwing the pitch, but I think it happened so quick, I didn't see it," Shoemaker told Good Morning America. "There was an artery right under where I got hit so it, you know, damaged the artery [and] caused the bleed.

"It was one of those things where it's like you had 25 thoughts in a second. It was like, man, I just got hit. Wow, I'm -- I feel dizzy. Am I OK? OK. Can I keep pitching? Like, you -- you name it, like, different random thoughts just popped in your head."

When he does get clearance to play, Shoemaker said he plans to try out specialized helmets that guard against head injuries for pitchers.

"I am 100 percent trying all these options in the offseason, you know, to see, you know, comfort, fit, all that stuff," he said. "If it feels and works like a baseball hat, I'd be definitely willing to wear it."


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Mike Scioscia: Angels Aren't 'Far Off'

Oct 4, 2016 7:43 AM

Mike Scioscia doesn't think the Los Angeles Angels, who finished the season 74-88, are that far away from contending once again.

"I don't think we’re that far off," Scioscia said. "I know that we're all going to work very hard this winter not only to put together a team but get it ready and play well in the spring and have some different conversations this time next year."

The 88-loss season was the worst in Scioscia's 17 seasons as manager.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Angels Won't Recall Tim Lincecum

Sep 7, 2016 5:50 PM

The Los Angeles Angels have no plans to recall Tim Lincecum back to the Major Leagues this season.

After undergoing hip surgery this past offseason, Lincecum held a heavily-covered workout and ultimately joined the Angels for a pro-rated portion of a $2.5 million salary.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Matt Showmaker Has Surgery To Stop Bleeding In Skull
Matt Shoemaker had surgery Sunday night to stop additional bleeding in his skull after getting hit in the head by a line drive.


Mike Trout Uninjured In Postgame Highway Crash
Mike Trout was involved in a serious highway crash Wednesday night in Orange County in which he was uninjured after a home game in Anaheim.


Royals Acquire Daniel Nava From Angels
The Royals have acquired Daniel Nava from the Angels for a player to be named later or cash.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Mike Trout Hits Milestone With Fifth 100-Run Season
Mike Trout scored a pair of runs on Monday night to become just the second player in Major League history to score 100 runs five times before his age-25 season.

Associated Press

Jered Weaver Hasn't Said Whether Or Not He'll Retire
Jered Weaver's contract with the Angels expires at the end of the season, but he hasn't revealed his plans going forward.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Angels Pro Scouting Director Hal Morris Leaving Organization
A Major League veteran, Hal Morris held the position since 2011. He was hired by former general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Keith Law/ESPN

Angels Renew Stadium Talks With Anaheim
The Angels have renewed talks with the city of Anaheim about an Angel Stadium renovation and lease extension after the club was unable to land a new ballpark in Tustin.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Angels Designate Tim Lincecum For Assignment
Tim Lincecum was 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts with the Angels.


Angels Remove Ric Wilson As Amateur Scouting Director
The Angels have removed Ric Wilson as amateur scouting director, but he may stay with the organization in another capacity.

Keith Law/ESPN

Cubs, Angels Agree On Joe Smith Trade
The Angels will receive pitcher Jesus Castillo in the deal.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Angels File Official Protest After Loss To Royals
Mike Scioscia filed an official protest after the Angels lost 7-5 to the Royals on Wednesday night.


Angels Listening To Offers For Hector Santiago
The Angels have received a number of calls about Hector Santiago and are listening to offers.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Giants Casting Wide Net In Search Of Reliever
The Giants are engaging in a broad search as they look to add a reliever ahead of Monday's non-waiver trade deadline.

Henry Sculman/San Francisco Chronicle

Angels Aren't Currently Open To Dealing Matt Shoemaker
Matt Shoemaker could fetch a lot on the trade market this month, but the Angels aren't currently open to moving him.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

C.J. Wilson Likely To Have Shoulder Surgery
Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson is tentatively scheduled for shoulder surgery next week.


Angels Rout Red Sox 21-2 At Fenway Park
C.J. Cron went 6-for-6 to lead the Angels to a 21-2 win over the Red Sox on Saturday.


Arte Moreno Increased 2011 Offer To Albert Pujols By $80M Over Phone
The Angels badly wanted to sign Albert Pujols back in 2011, but it appears to have been owner Arte Moreno that drove the pursuit.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Torii Hunter, Jr. Signs With Angels, Will Still Play Football
Torii Hunter, Jr. also is a football receiver at Notre Dame and we will play his senior season for the Fighting Irish in the fall.

Associated Press

Tim Lincecum Sharp In Comeback Win With Angels
After nearly a year away, Tim Lincecum pitched the Angels to a 7-1 win over the A's on Saturday afternoon.


Angels Getting Ready For At Least 'Partial Sale'
The Angels are preparing themselves for at least a partial sale, according to rival executives.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball