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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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Dodgers Were Involved In Hamilton Trade Talks

Apr 30, 2015 8:38 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers were involved in trade talks before Josh Hamilton was dealt to the Texas Rangers, according to sources.

The Dodgers are believed to have discussed both a straight up trade and three-way scenarios that would have sent the outfielder to Texas, but they couldn't satisfy the Los Angeles Angels.

Los Angeles wanted to use some of their financial resources to gather prospects, not necessarily add Hamilton to their roster.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

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 Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Scioscia 'Disappointed' Hamilton Showed No Remorse Towards Angels

Apr 29, 2015 8:31 AM

Mike Scioscia was "disappointed" that Josh Hamilton didn't express remorse and thanks for the Los Angeles Angels teammates that stuck by him during tough times.

The Angels traded Hamilton to the Texas Rangers and he was formally introduced on Monday.

"For him not to show at least a little remorse toward his teammates I just think is wrong," Scioscia said. "It's unfortunate he had his relapse but I know we supported him in every aspect whatever his needs were. Just in hearing some of his comments, the one thing I think is sad and I'm a little bit disappointed is the fact that there wasn't any accountability most importantly to his teammates."

Associated Press

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

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Rangers, Angels Finalize Hamilton Trade

Apr 27, 2015 4:23 PM

Josh Hamilton is officially a member of the Texas Rangers once again.

The Los Angeles Angels have traded Hamilton to the Rangers for a player to be named or cash.

The Angels are expected to pay most of the remaining $80.2 million Hamilton is owed on his five-year, $125 million contract.

Hamilton never reported to the Angels this season after offseason right shoulder surgery. He self-reported a relapse of alcohol and cocaine use, but an arbitrator ruled he could not be disciplined by Major League Baseball.

ESPN

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Hamilton Trade Expected To Be Finalized Monday

Apr 27, 2015 8:15 AM

The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers are expected to finalized a trade involving Josh Hamilton on Monday.

There were reports that the deal would be completed by the end of the weekend, but details are still being worked out.

The trade, which requires approval, involves five parties -- the Angels, Rangers, Hamilton, the commissioner's office, and the players' union.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

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

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Beltre Sends Richards Bill For Broken Bats

Apr 27, 2015 7:58 AM

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

Beltre sent the Los Angeles Angels pitcher an invoice totaling $300 for the broken bats.

The invoice looked legitimate, inscribed with "Cash only, no checks" and Beltre's signature.

"I always love facing him," Richards said. "We have that good battle every time."

ESPN

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

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Angels Close To Trading Josh Hamilton To Rangers

Apr 24, 2015 5:53 PM

The Los Angeles Angels are close to a trade agreement with the Texas Rangers involving Josh Hamilton. 

The Angels have wanted to part ways with Hamilton since his relapse with substance abuse.

Hamilton is on the disabled list as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery.

Arte Moreno and general manager Jerry DiPoto were displeased by Hamilton’s self-reported relapse in February and a subsequent decision by an arbitrator that Major League Baseball cannot punish Hamilton.

The Angels have preferred to trade Hamilton rather than just merely releasing him with $83 million still owed.

Hamilton was on the Rangers until he signed with the Angels in free agency.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

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Source: Angels Could Cut Ties With Hamilton Soon

Apr 24, 2015 11:41 AM

Josh Hamilton may never play for the Los Angeles Angels again and could be gone from the organization in a matter of days, according to a source.

Hamilton admitted in February to relapsing and abusing drugs and alcohol.

The 2010 American League MVP is on the disabled list while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but would like to resume baseball activities soon. The Angels, however, do not seem to want Hamilton back.

Michael McCann/SI

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Ike Davis Throws Perfect Inning For A's

Apr 22, 2015 7:31 AM

Bob Melvin summoned Ike Davis to the mound in a blowout loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night and the first baseman delivered with a perfect eighth inning.

The Oakland Athletics suffered a 14-1 loss.

"We obviously didn't play a clean game," Melvin said. "We've been on the other side of blowouts this year, and it doesn't feel that great when you're on the side we were tonight. It was just a bad game all the way around. At least we got a little levity at the end there with 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.

It was the first time the A's had a position player pitch since Frank Menechino on July 18, 2000, against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

"It was interesting, for sure," Davis said. "I'm just glad I threw strikes and didn't have to throw too many pitches. I miss that part of the game, and I've always wanted to get back up there and see what I could do and if I could get outs. I was a little nervous. I didn't want to walk the house and look like a clown out there."

Associated Press

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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.

ESPN.com

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

ESPN.com

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.

ESPN.com

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

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

ESPN.com

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

MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots
Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Angels Still Open To Extension With Huston Street
The 31-year-old has been a reliable reliever and is eligible for free agency after this season.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Angels Disagree With MLB's Decision Not To Discipline Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton has played poorly during the first two years of his five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels.

Ronald Blum/AP

Decision On Hamilton Likely To Come After Opening Day
Rob Manfred had been hoping for a decision before the Angels start play Monday at Seattle.

Associated Press

Angels Will Open Season With Four Pitchers
The Angels will open the season with four starting pitchers, meaning Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano will likely begin the year with Triple-A Salt Lake.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

M's To Start King Felix In Season Opener
Felix Hernandez is 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA in previous season openers.

ESPN.com

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Cory Rasmus To Miss Six To Eight Weeks
Cory Rasmus has a core injury that will require surgery.

ESPN.com

MLB To Rule On Hamilton By Opening Day
Rob Manfred says a decision on possible discipline against Josh Hamilton should be made by Opening Day.

ESPN.com

Manfred: Hamilton's Shoulder Reduces Urgency For Suspension
Josh Hamilton suffered a relapse in his battle with substance abuse.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Angels Will Pass On Jake Locker
Jake Locker, 26, announced his retirement from an injury-plagued career as an NFL quarterback on Tuesday.

Aiden Gonzalez/MLB

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