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Angels Name Bud Black Special Assistant To GM

Nov 25, 2015 8:58 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have hired Bud Black as special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.

Black, who was fired by the San Diego Padres in June, was expected to become the manager of the Washington Nationals before talks hit a snag and Dusty Baker was given the job.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Geovany Soto Agrees To Deal With Angels

Nov 25, 2015 8:55 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year deal with Geovany Soto.

Soto's deal came just one day after the Angels saw Chris Iannetta sign with the Seattle Mariners in free agency.

Soto will team with Carlos Perez behind the plate for Los Angeles.

Associated Press

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

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Angels May Pursue Jason Heyward

Nov 24, 2015 7:08 AM

The Los Angeles Angels aren't ruling out a pursuit of Jason Heyward in free agency, according to sources.

The Angels are in the preliminary stages of their search for an everyday outfielder.

If they sign Heyward, the Angels are expected to move Kole Calhoun from right field to left.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

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

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Mariners Sign Chris Iannetta To One-Year Deal

Nov 24, 2015 7:05 AM

The Seattle Mariners have signed Chris Iannetta to a one-year contract with the expectation that he will begin the season as the club's starting catcher.

The deal includes a club option for 2017 that can become a vesting option based on games played.

"I think it was an opportunity to get back and in a situation to play and prove that this past year was just a down year," Iannetta said on a conference call.

Associated Press

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

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Steve Martone Named Assistant GM With Angels

Nov 18, 2015 7:42 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have named Steve Martone their assistant general manager, according to a source.

Martone spent the last two years as the New York Yankees' manager of professional scouting.

He comes over from the Yankees with new general manager Billy Eppler, who was hired earlier this offseason.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

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Angels Sign Cliff Pennington To Two-Year Deal

Nov 18, 2015 7:39 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have signed Cliff Pennington to a two-year contract.

He will reportedly make $1.5 million in 2016 and $2.25 million in 2017.

Pennington can also earn $750,000 per season based on plate appearances.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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

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Angels Get Simmons In Trade With Braves

Nov 13, 2015 5:37 AM

The Atlanta Braves have traded Andrelton Simmons to the Los Angeles Angels for Erick Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.

The Braves will also receive $2.5 million, while the Angels get Minor League catcher Jose Briceno.

Simmons also is under contract through 2020, whereas Aybar could become a free agent next winter.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Chris Iannetta Drawing Interest From Mariners

Nov 11, 2015 6:14 PM

The Seattle Mariners continue to show interest in signing Chris Iannetta, according to a report.

Iannetta, 32, is a free agent after spending the last four years with the Los Angeles Angels.

Jerry Dipoto, Seattle's new general manager, worked with the Angels for a majority of Iannetta's tenure there.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

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

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Howie Kendrick Seeking Four-Year Deal

Nov 10, 2015 5:33 PM

Howie Kendrick is looking for a four-year deal on the free agent market.

Besides the Los Angeles Dodgers, who could re-sign the 32-year-old, the Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals may be in the market for a second baseman.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals, Arizona Diamondbacks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Torii Hunter Retiring After 19 Seasons

Oct 27, 2015 7:34 AM

Torii Hunter has announced that he will retire after 19 Major League seasons.

Hunter told the Star Tribune he began the year believing this would be his last in baseball, and he wants to focus on his family, with two of his sons playing college football.

"I didn't want a going-away tour," Hunter told the newspaper. "I didn't want to be a distraction."

In 2,372 career games, Hunter hit .277 with 353 homers and 1,391 RBIs for the Minnesota Twins, the Los Angeles Angels and the Detroit Tigers.


Tags: Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Angels Won't Retain Hitting, Pitching Coaches
The Angels are making major changes to Mike Scioscia's staff as pitching coach Mike Butcher and hitting coach Don Baylor will not return to the club.

Associated Press

Angels Hire Billy Eppler As General Manager
Billy Eppler, 40, is a longtime executive of the Yankees and will now work with Arte Moreno and Mike Scioscia.


Angels Sign Mat Latos
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

Billy Eppler Could Become GM Of Angels
Many believe the biggest factor for the Angels is hiring a general manager who can co-exist with Mike Scioscia.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Trout Has Fourth-Most HRs Through Age-23 Season
Mike Trout hit a grand slam and a solo home run on Thursday against the Twins, giving him a career-high 38 home runs this season.


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

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

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

George A. King III/New York Post

Andrew Heaney Sells 10 Percent Stake In His 'Brand Income'
Andrew Heaney has become the first Major League Baseball player to sign a contract with Fantex.

Zach Helfand/Los Angeles Times

Mariners Plan To Interview Jerry Dipoto
The Mariners plan to interview Jerry Dipoto for their vacant general manager position.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Mike Scioscia Won't Have Say In Angels Hunt For GM
Mike Scioscia doesn't expect to have a role in who the Angels hire as their next general manager.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Mike Trout Hitting More Groundballs Amid Slump
Mike Trout struggled in the month of August, joining a number of his Angels teammates as they slide down the standings.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

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

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