Los Angeles Angels Wiretap

Stem Cell Treatment Saved Garrett Richards From Tommy John Surgery

Feb 23, 2017 7:13 AM

Garrett Richards opted for stem cell treatment before undergoing Tommy John surgery and the right-hander is back to throwing 98-mph fastballs without pain.

Richards had a tear that ran lengthwise along the middle of his UCL, a rare injury as opposed to the standard tear across the ligament.

"I feel as good as I ever have throwing a baseball," Richards said.

While clinical studies have shown great success with those who use orthobiologics, they are not yet a guaranteed remedy for elbow injuries in baseball.

"I truly think this kind of treatment has significant potential," said Dr. Neal ElAttrache. "There's no question biologics are here to stay and biologic manipulation is the frontier of treatment in what we're doing. The problem, as I see it, is that the marketing and clinical use has far exceeded the science behind it."

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

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Moreno: Team To Remain In Angel Stadium Until At Least 2029

Feb 18, 2017 6:52 PM

Owner Arte Moreno is committed to long-term improvements to both the Los Angeles Angels' roster and their venerable stadium.

The Angels will remain in Angel Stadium until at least 2029, Moreno said Saturday, after their entire roster reported to Arizona for the first full workout of spring.

Moreno also believes the Angels will soon be in better financial shape to pursue baseball's top players this year and beyond, boosting their chances of building a winner around two-time AL MVP Mike Trout.

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

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Padres, Jered Weaver Agree On One-Year, $3M Deal

Feb 18, 2017 2:12 PM

The Padres have agreed to terms with right-hander Jered Weaver on a one-year deal worth $3 million, according to FanRag Sports and confirmed by ESPN.

The 34-year-old Weaver went 12-12 with a 5.06 ERA last season with the Angels. A California native, Weaver had spent his entire 11-year career with the Angels.

ESPN.com

Tags: San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Jered Weaver Confirms To Teammates He Won't Return To Angels

Feb 15, 2017 6:20 AM

Jered Weaver has ended any doubt by making it clear to his former teammates that he won't be back with the Los Angeles Angels.

Garrett Richards told reporters that Weaver sent out a group text telling many Angels that it was a pleasure to play with them.

"After that went out, everything was put into perspective that he wasn't coming back," Richards said. "It's going to be weird."

Weaver has been connected to the San Diego Padres.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

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

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C.J. Wilson Commits To Auto Racing

Feb 11, 2017 10:22 AM

Former Los Angeles Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson, who hasn't pitched since July 2015 because of injuries to his left elbow and shoulder, said he is turning his attention full time to auto racing.

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Angels Sign Yusmeiro Petit To Minors Deal

Feb 9, 2017 7:46 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have signed Yusmeiro Petit to a Minor League contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal carries a $2.25 million base salary if Petit makes the Major League roster with an additional $1.25 million that can be earned through incentives.

Petit spent the 2016 season with the Washington Nationals, pitching to a 4.50 ERA with 7.1 K/9, 1.7 BB/9 and a 41.5 percent ground-ball rate in 62 innings.

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

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Luis Valbuena, Angels Finalize Two-Year, $15M Deal

Jan 25, 2017 6:46 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have finalized a two-year, $15 million deal for Luis Valbuena, who will play at both first and third base.

Valbuena will fill in for Albert Pujols, who is likely to miss time at the start of the season due to foot surgery.

"I feel good, because I like that team," Valbuena said. "I wanted to be here because I've got a good relationship with a couple of guys on the team."

Associated Press

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

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Angels, Nationals Remain Most Likely Suitors For Matt Wieters

Jan 24, 2017 7:37 AM

Matt Wieters remains unsigned as the clock ticks on Scott Boras' cautious timeline that the catcher would be a January signee.

The Los Angeles Angels and Washington Nationals remain the most likely landing spots for Wieters, who has spent his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles.

Jon Heyman/FanRag Sports

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Kole Calhoun Signs Three-Year Extension With Angels

Jan 19, 2017 6:38 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a three-year, $26 million contract with Kole Calhoun.

The two sides reached an agreement on a one-year, $6.35 million deal to avoid arbitration last week, but came to terms on the longer deal to keep Calhoun under contract through 2019.

Calhoun's 2017 pay will be lowered to $6 million. He will earn $8.5 million in 2018 and $10.5 million in 2019, and the Angels have a $14 million option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout.

Associated Press

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Angels, Danny Espinosa Reach $5.4M Deal To Avoid Arbitration

Jan 13, 2017 6:48 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with Danny Espinosa by agreeing to a $5.4 million deal for 2017.

Espinosa receives a significant raise from the $2.8 million he earned with the Washington Nationals last season.

The Angels acquired Espinosa from the Nationals last month for two minor league pitchers.

Associated Press

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Daniel Descalso, Johnny Giavotella To Play For Italy At WBC
Daniel Descalso and Johnny Giavotella will play for Italy in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, according to a source.

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Angels, Ben Revere Agree On One-Year, $4M Deal
Ben Revere hit .217 with two homers and 24 RBIs in 103 games for the Nationals last season.

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Angels Trade Two Pitching Prospects To Nats For Danny Espinosa
The Angels sent right-handers Austin Adams and Kyle McGowin to the Nationals on Saturday.

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Angels Inquired With Cardinals About Kolten Wong
The Cardinals, however, want to keep Kolten Wong as they greatly value his defensive ability.

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Albert Pujols May Miss Opening Day After Foot Surgery
Albert Pujols had the procedure on Friday to release his planter fascia.

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Mike Trout Wins Second AL MVP Over Mookie Betts
Mike Trout is the sixth player to win two MVPs before the age of 26, according to Elias.

RealGM Staff Report

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

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Dodgers Exploring Trade Options For Howie Kendrick
The Phillies and Angels were named as potential destinations in the report by Ken Rosenthal.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Angels Exercise Yunel Escobar's $7M Option For 2017
Yunel Escobar, 34, had a .355 on-base percentage with five home runs and 39 RBIs in 2016, his first season with the Angels.

ESPN

Angels Acquire Cameron Maybin From Tigers
The Angels, who plan to play Cameron Maybin in left field, also announced that they will exercise his $9 million contract option for 2017.

ESPN

Matt Showmaker Open To Wearing Protective Headgear
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.

ESPN

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

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Angels Won't Recall Tim Lincecum
After undergoing hip surgery this past offseason, Tim 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

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.

ESPN

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.

ESPN

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