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Angels Will Continue To Look For Offensive Help

May 29, 2015 7:26 AM

The Los Angeles Angels added to their bench this week when they acquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but they won't stop there.

The Angels led the American League in runs scored last season, but they currently rank next to last.

"We'll be looking for the remainder of the trade season," Jerry Dipoto said.

The OPS of every regular player, including Mike Trout, is lower this year than last.

"If it were up to one guy, we've got as good a one guy as anybody," Dipoto said. "It takes a lineup to score runs, not one guy. 

"There were no warning signs that these guys were going to go out and start throwing up seasons that were 25% below what they would ordinarily do. At some point, the other shoe will drop, and we'll start seeing some offense."

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

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

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Angels Acquire Kirk Nieuwenhuis From Mets

May 27, 2015 1:52 PM

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the New York Mets.

The Mets will receive cash in the transaction.

New York designated the outfielder for assignment last week, putting him in limbo.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, New York Mets, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Draft Prospect Ties Mike Trout's Home Run Record

May 27, 2015 7:44 AM

Ashton Bardzell, a senior at New Jersey's Ramsey High School, has tied Mike Trout's state record for home runs in a season with 18.

Bardzell could be selected in MLB's First-Year Player Draft next month.

"He's the man. He's the best player in the league right now," Bardzell said. "So I mean, It's an honor."

Trout attended Millville High School in New Jersey.


Matt Monagan/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Angels, Phillies Have Discussed Revere Trade

May 21, 2015 6:59 AM

Ben Revere may become the odd man out in the outfield for the Philadelphia Phillies and a trade seems likely.

The Phillies have discussed a possible trade with the Los Angeles Angels in recent weeks, according to sources.

The Angels have been scouting Revere and like him, but compensation hasn't been agreed on.

Revere is making $4.1 million this season and will not become a free agent until after the 2017 season.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

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

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Matt Joyce Scratched From Lineup After Late Arrival

May 20, 2015 7:47 AM

Matt Joyce wasn't in the lineup for the Los Angeles Angels on Monday afternoon because he arrived late to the park.

"I assumed we had a night game since it was a day game Sunday and assumed we had a night game Monday since we normally always do," Joyce said. "By the time I realized it was a day game it was a little late."

The Angels followed a standard Sunday afternoon game in Baltimore with a more unusual series-opening Monday matinee game in Toronto.

"It was a mistake," Joyce said. "It's definitely something that will never happen again. Obviously I felt terrible about it."

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Hamilton Says Angels Wouldn't Let Him Speak To Moreno

May 17, 2015 1:00 AM

Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton said the Angels front office prevented him from talking to owner Arte Moreno.

Hamilton, who signed a five-year, $125M deal, hit just .255 with 31 homers and 123 RBI in two seasons with the Angels before they traded him to the Rangers in April for cash considerations.


Tags: Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Ben Revere Aware Of Rumors, Angels Could Be Destination

May 15, 2015 7:47 AM

Ben Revere, who has already been part of one trade in his career, has been aware of recent rumors since the Philadelphia Phillies began the season.

Revere knows he could be one of the veterans that the Phillies trade off before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.

The Phillies will have a crowded group of outfielders when Cody Asche and Domonic Brown join the club. Asche is learning to play left field while Brown returns from injury and ineffectiveness.

According to a recent report, the Los Angeles Angels are one team interested in Revere.

"I know it's a business," Revere said. "I know we need some guys to help this program out, this organization out. If I do, it's a part of the game. But the only thing I'm trying to do is help the team win. I'm not worrying about it. If it does happen, it happens. If it doesn't, I'm going to try to bring some W's to this team."

Ryan Lawrence/Philadelphia Daily News

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

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Angels Sign Huston Street To Two-Year Extension

May 14, 2015 10:31 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with Huston Street.

The contract includes a team option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout for that year.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

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

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Mike Trout Is Hitting High Fastballs Better

May 13, 2015 3:07 PM

The one knock on Mike Trout in his first few seasons was his tendency to swing and miss at high fastballs.

The Kansas City Royals exposed the one hole in Trout's game at the plate during the playoffs to great success last October.

Trout has gone after roughly 40% of high fastballs over the 2014 and 2015 seasons, but his contact rate has changed significantly. The Los Angeles Angels outfielder had a 74% contact rate on high fastballs last season, but that percentage has jumped to 89% this year.

He swung through 120 high fastballs in 2014, but through Monday night he had swung through just nine. It's early in the season, but it seems as though Trout has taken a significant spot forward.

Trout had a .356 slugging percentage on high fastballs last season, but is slugging .784 on such pitches in 2015.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

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

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Keith Law Lists Brendan Rodgers As Top Draft Prospect

May 8, 2015 4:22 PM

Keith Law, who works in scouting for ESPN, has updated his list of the top 100 prospects ahead of next month's MLB Draft.

"This year's draft class is indeed one of the weakest in recent memory, not just at the top of the first round, but also in specific areas that are usually deeper, such as college starting pitching and catchers of any stripe. There is, however, a lot of depth in the middle infield," writes Law.

Brendan Rodgers, a shortstop out of Lake Mary High School (FL), is ranked first on Law's list.

Keith Law/ESPN

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Royals Acquire Drew Butera From Angels
The Royals have acquired catcher Drew Butera from Angels for minor league infielder Ryan Jackson.

Associated Press

Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick
The Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

Dodgers Were Involved In Hamilton Trade Talks
Los Angeles wanted to use some of their financial resources to gather prospects, not necessarily add Josh Hamilton to their roster.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released
Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Reds on Wednesda

RealGM Staff Report

Scioscia 'Disappointed' Hamilton Showed No Remorse Towards Angels
Mike Scioscia was "disappointed" that Josh Hamilton didn't express remorse and thanks for the Angels teammates that stuck by him during tough times.

Associated Press

Rangers, Angels Finalize Hamilton Trade
The Angels have traded Josh Hamilton to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash.


Hamilton Trade Expected To Be Finalized Monday
The trade, which requires approval, involves five parties -- the Angels, Rangers, Josh Hamilton, the commissioner's office, and the players' union.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Beltre Sends Richards Bill For Broken Bats
Adrian Beltre broke his bat three times against Garrett Richards on Friday night, but the Rangers third baseman had some fun with it.


Angels Close To Trading Josh Hamilton To Rangers
The Angels are close to a trade agreement involving Josh Hamilton.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Source: Angels Could Cut Ties With Hamilton Soon
Josh Hamilton may never play for the Angels again and could be gone from the organization in a matter of days.

Michael McCann/SI

Ike Davis Throws Perfect Inning For A's
Ike Davis, who had a 2.25 ERA at Arizona State, retired Collin Cowgill, C.J. Cron and Chris Iannetta on ground balls while throwing just nine pitches.

Associated Press

Angels Have Comeback Plan In Place For Hamilton
The Angels have a comeback plan in place for Josh Hamilton that could have him in the Major Leagues in June.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

Josh Hamilton Files For Divorce From Wife
Josh Hamilton is in the process of getting divorced from his wife, Kathy.


Mike Scioscia Meets With Josh Hamilton
Mike Scioscia says Josh Hamilton is making progress in his recovery from offseason shoulder surgery.


Angels May Seek To Terminate Josh Hamilton's Contract
Josh Hamilton's contract with the Angels contains language that would allow them to terminate or reduce the deal if he is physically/mentally incapacitated due to substance abuse, according to a repo

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Pujols In Sole Possession Of 18th On Home Run List
Albert Pujols hit the 522nd home run of his career on Sunday, moving him into sole possession of 18th place on the all-time home run list.

Earl Bloom/MLB

C.J. Wilson Supports Josh Hamilton
C.J. Wilson feels the Angels would be showing more support for Josh Hamilton if he had been performing better.


Moreno: Not Sure If Hamilton Will Play For Angels Again
Arte Moreno says the outfielder's contract contains language protecting the Angels.


Garrett Richards Feels Ready To Go
Garrett Richards will start for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday.


Pujols Hits HR No. 521, Moves Into Tie For 18th All-Time
Albert Pujols is tied with Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas for 18th on the all-time list.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

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