Los Angeles Angels Wiretap

Brewers Trading Ryan Braun 'Becoming More Realistic' Possibility

Apr 30, 2016 9:06 PM

The idea of the Milwaukee Brewers trading away Ryan Braun to begin rebuilding "is becoming more realistic," according to Ken Rosenthal.

Braun can veto a trade to all teams except the Dodgers, Angels, Marlins, Rays and Nationals.

Braun is now 32 and he has four years and $76 million remaining on his contract after this season.

Rosenthal believes it would make sense for Braun to be traded to the Angels but they have a lack of quality prospects.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports (via MLBTradeRumors)

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

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C.J. Wilson Targeting Mid-June Return To Angels

Apr 28, 2016 8:24 AM

C.J. Wilson hopes to return to the starting rotation of the Los Angeles Angels by mid-June.

Wilson has been dealing with shoulder tendinitis since the start of spring training. He is scheduled for a May 9 bullpen session, which would be his first time on a mound since starting his current throwing program.

His first Minor League game would then be May 23, pitching every fifth day thereafter.

"It feels like it's taking forever," Wilson said. "I want to pitch. I always want to pitch. When you have a light at the end of the tunnel, it feels a little longer as opposed to 'I'm not going to pitch till next year.'"

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury

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Albert Pujols Passes Reggie Jackson On Home Run List

Apr 26, 2016 9:45 AM

Albert Pujols hit two home runs on Monday, passing Reggie Jackson for sole possession of 13th place on the all-time list with 565 career long balls.

Pujols, 36, is signed for five more seasons after this one.

If he averages 35 home runs over the length of his contract, he'll finish his career with 770 home runs, eight more than Barry Bonds, who stands as the all-time leader.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Stats

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Angels Place Daniel Nava On DL

Apr 16, 2016 3:04 PM

The Angels placed outfielder Daniel Nava on the disabled list Saturday with tendinitis in his left knee.

Nava was hitting .286 through 14 at-bats in eight games this season. Angels manager Mike Scioscia says the knee gave Nava trouble in spring training before flaring up during L.A.'s series in Oakland this week.

ESPN.com

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

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Angels Finalizing Deal With Kyle Kendrick

Mar 30, 2016 4:51 PM

The Los Angeles Angels are finalizing a contract agreement with Kyle Kendrick, according to multiple reports.

Kendrick, 31, signed a minor league contract with the Atlanta Braves and was invited to spring training but was released on March 12.

ESPN

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

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Jake Arrieta Will Start Cubs' Opener

Mar 27, 2016 6:50 PM

All systems are go for Jake Arrieta to make his Opening Day start next Monday against the Angels after he left his last spring outing early with a blister on his pitching thumb.

Arrieta threw 46 pitches in a bullpen session Sunday morning. He and his manager declared him ready to go.

"He was fine," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "No restriction whatsoever. He felt great. It was like it never happened. I anticipate no problems."

ESPN.com

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

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Chone Figgins To Retire With Angels

Mar 21, 2016 12:45 AM

Chone Figginswill retire Monday after signing a one-day contract with the Angels.

The 38-year-old utility player and the Angels announced their plan Sunday.

ESPN.com

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Mike Trout: Flipping Bat Shows Up Pitcher

Mar 17, 2016 9:20 AM

Mike Trout is part of baseball's young generation, but he doesn't seem to want any part of a new era that includes bat flipping as a showcase for personality.

Trout weighted in after recent comments by Bryce Harper and Goose Gossage over whether or not showing emotion on the field is good for the game.

"I just keep it the same," Trout said. "I don't try to show anybody up. Whatever somebody else does, that's what they do."

Harper said he has no problem with a pitcher showing emotion on the mound, and he wants that same latitude.

"During the game, I just hit the ball and go," Trout said.

He said bat flipping is "definitely" showing up the pitcher.

"As a pitcher," he added, "I'd be pretty upset."

ESPN

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Jered Weaver To See Spine Specialist

Mar 12, 2016 7:31 PM

Angels pitcher Jered Weaver will see a specialist Monday after being diagnosed with mild degenerative changes in his cervical spine, manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday.

Weaver, who has been complaining of tightness in his neck, will miss at least Monday's scheduled spring training start.

ESPN.com

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

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David Freese Agrees To One-Year, $3M Deal With Pirates

Mar 12, 2016 2:58 AM

Veteran infielder David Freese and the Pirates have agreed to a one-year deal for $3 million, the team announced Friday.

The 32-year-old Freese, an All-Star with the Cardinals in 2012, hit .257 with 27 doubles, 14 homers and 56 RBI last year with the Angels.

ESPN.com

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Jered Weaver Has Precautionary MRI On Neck
Jered Weaver arrived to camp on Thursday morning with tightness in his neck and was sent for a precautionary MRI exam, according to the Los Angeles Angels.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Albert Pujols On Pace To Play On Opening Day
Albert Pujols started at designated hitter in his first Spring Training game on Sunday and is on pace to be in the lineup for the Angels on Opening Day.

A.J. Cassavell/MLB.com

Austin Jackson Rejected Offer From Angels
The Angels recently offered Austin Jackson a one-year deal worth between $5 million and $6 million, but it was rejected.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Mike Trout Wants To Steal More Bases
As Mike Trout has become more and more of a power hitter, his stolen bases have decreased.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Medical Snag Delays Three-Team Trade Involving Jay Bruce
A three-team trade between the Reds, Blue Jays and Angels centered around Jay Bruce hit a snag on Monday night during the review of medical reports, according to sources.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Angels Won't Rush Albert Pujols Back For Opener
Albert Pujols had surgery in November after foot pain limited him to a designated-hitter role during the final month of last season.

Associated Press

Albert Pujols Cleared To Hit Off Tee
Albert Pujols has been cleared to hit off a tee as he continues to recover from November surgery to repair the plantar plate in his right foot.

ESPN

Angels, Calhoun Avoid Arbitration With $3.4M Deal
Kole Calhoun asked for $3.9 million when the sides exchanged proposed salaries Jan. 15, while the Angels offered $2.35 million. The agreement is $275,000 above the midpoint.

Associated Press

Angels, Garrett Richards Agree To $6.4M Deal
The Angels have avoided arbitration with Garrett Richards by agreeing to a one-year, $6.4 million deal.

Associated Press

Mike Trout Monitoring Eastern Snow Storm
Angels outfielder Mike Trout appeared on The Weather Channel on Saturday to deliver a report on the massive storm in his hometown.

ESPN.com

Austin Jackson Being Pursued By Angels, Brewers, Cubs, Rangers
The Angels, Brewers, Cubs and Rangers are among the teams that have at least some level of interest in Austin Jackson, according to a report.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Yoenis Cespedes May Be Close To New Deal
The Mets, Braves, and White Sox are known to have interest in signing Yoenis Cespedes.

MLB.com

Angels Seeking Upgrade In Left Field, But Options Limited
Arte Moreno has been adamant about staying below the $189 million luxury-tax threshold, a source said, and there were no indications of him changing his mind.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Orioles, White Sox Emerging As Leaders For Cespedes
The Giants and Angels are also reportedly in the mix.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Angels Sign Daniel Nava To One-Year, $1.375M Deal
Daniel Nava, 32, hit .194/.315/.245 in 166 plate appearances between the Red Sox and Rays this year but is a career .265/.358/.383 hitter overall.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Angels Haven't Made Any Offers To Big Name Free Agents
The Angels haven't made any offers to big name free agents this offseason, according to owner Arte Moreno.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Angels To Play Albert Pujols More At DH
The Angels will play Albert Pujols more at designated hitter in 2016 to keep his bat in the lineup.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Angels 'Kicking All The Options Around' For Outfield
The Angels have been linked to big-name outfielders this offseason and even with Jason Heyward off the board, Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Davis and Justin Upton remain available.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Nationals Trade Yunel Escobar To Angels
The Nationals have agreed to trade Yunel Escobar to the Angels for pitcher Trevor Gott and another minor league player, according to a source.

Jim Bowden/ESPN

Angels Talking With Justin Upton, Considering Jason Heyward
The Angels continue to search for a boost in their outfield and have been linked to both Justin Upton and Jason Heyward.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports