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MLBPA Backs Hamilton, Calls Leaks 'Cowardly'

Mar 6, 2015 7:27 AM

The Major League Baseball Players Association has come to the defense of Josh Hamilton, issuing a statement critical of news leaks that it calls "cowardly" and intended to hurt Hamilton "personally and professionally."

"It is regrettable that people who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally have started leaking information about the status of his treatment program and the confidential processes under our Joint Drug Agreement," said the union statement. "These anonymous leaks are cowardly, undermine the integrity of our collectively bargained agreements and in some instances have been wholly inaccurate.

"The Major League Baseball Players Association will use every right we have under the collective bargaining agreement to make sure Josh gets the help he needs, and the fair and confidential process to which he is entitled."

Hamilton, a five-time All-Star who signed a five-year, $125 million contract with the Angels in December 2012, suffered a relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to reports.

He met with MLB officials in New York last week as a precursor to possible disciplinary action.

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Source: Arbitrator To Decide On Hamilton's Rehab

Mar 5, 2015 8:21 AM

The decision about whether Josh Hamilton should enter rehabilitation will be made by an arbitrator after a four-person disciplinary committee deadlocked, according to a source.

Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to multiple reports.

The commissioner's office and the MLB Players Association each appointed a lawyer and a physician to the committee, which determines whether the drug policy was violated and a course of treatment.

ESPN

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Garrett Richards Won't Pitch On Opening Day

Mar 1, 2015 11:56 PM

Angels right-hander Garrett Richards will not be ready to pitch on Opening Day, according to manager Mike Scioscia.

Richards is expected to begin pitcher fielding drills in about a week as he makes progress from August knee surgery, and the club remains hopeful he could be pitching in games two to three weeks into the regular season.

"It's not going to be Opening Day, let's put it that way," Scioscia said Sunday. 

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Josh Hamilton Suffered Drug Relapse

Feb 26, 2015 4:36 PM

Josh Hamilton suffered a drug relapse involving the use of cocaine and alcohol in the offseason, according to a report by the New York Daily News.

The Los Angeles Angels outfielder has a history of substance abuse problems dating to his days in the minor leagues. He was suspended from baseball from February 2004 to June 2006 for issues related to cocaine and alcohol addiction.

The Angels confirmed that he met with Major League officials in New York on Wednesday about a disciplinary issue, but offered no other details.

"We're all waiting for some information to come out of New York," Mike Scioscia said. "He obviously went up there for a meeting, and we'll see how everything unfolds. But right now, we're just in a holding pattern like everyone else."

ESPN

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Josh Hamilton Faces Discipline From MLB

Feb 26, 2015 10:07 AM

Josh Hamilton was scheduled to meet Wednesday with Major League officials in New York about a disciplinary issue, the Los Angeles Angels confirmed.

"I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York," Jerry Dipoto told the Los Angeles Times. "At this point I have no other information to offer."

Hamilton, who underwent shoulder surgery earlier this month and is expected to be out until at least May, has not been with the team at spring training in Arizona. He was suspended from baseball from February 2004 to June 2006 for issues related to cocaine and alcohol addiction.

Hamilton signed a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels prior to the 2013 season.

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Trout Wants To Reduce Strikeouts, Increase Steals

Feb 25, 2015 4:57 PM

Mike Trout is hoping to reduce his strikeouts, run more and avoid another playoff exit.

Trout won the American League MVP in 2014, but went 1-for-12 as the Kansas City Royals swept the Los Angeles Angels in the ALDS.

"It was a terrible feeling," Trout said. "A lot of the guys who were here last year know they don't want to have that same feeling. To have that be my first [postseason] experience, it was definitely tough. You see your friends over the winter, and they sometimes bring it up. The first thing that comes to your mind is 'We lost.'"

After striking out 139 and 136 times in his first two seasons, he led the AL in 2014 with 184 Ks. 

"Plain and simple, I was chasing the high pitch," Trout said. "Everybody knows that. The majority of the time, they were balls. Obviously, you don't want to strike out. I'd like to put the ball in play and let my legs help me get a few more hits."

Trout stole just 19 bases last season after swiping 82 over his first two years.

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Angels Sign Lindstrom To Minors Deal

Feb 18, 2015 7:50 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have signed Matt Lindstrom to Minor League contract.

Lindstrom will earn $1 million if he makes the Major League roster.

The right-hander opened last season as the Chicago White Sox closer and recorded six saves with a 3.32 ERA through his first 19 appearances. He then missed three months with a tendon issue in his ankle and struggled upon his return.

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Garrett Richards Hopes To Be Cleared For Bullpen Sessions

Feb 12, 2015 9:20 AM

Garrett Richards ran this week without restriction for the first time since rupturing his left patellar tendon back in August.

Richards, 26, will visit with Los Angeles Angels doctors on Thursday in hopes of getting cleared to throw his first bullpen session on Monday.

The right-hander started playing catch in early December and has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill since the second week of January.

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2015 MLB Draft Order Set

Feb 10, 2015 8:42 AM

The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the San Diego Padres.

San Diego will part with the 13th overall pick because the Kansas City Royals issued Shields a qualifying offer earlier this offseason.


First Round

1. Diamondbacks
2. Astros
3. Rockies
4. Rangers
5. Astros
6. Twins
7. Red Sox
8. White Sox
9. Cubs
10. Phillies
11. Reds
12. Marlins            
13. Rays
14. Braves
15. Brewers
16. Yankees
17. Indians
18. Giants
19. Pirates
20. Athletics
21. Royals
22. Tigers
23. Cardinals
24. Dodgers
25. Orioles
26. Angels

Compensation Picks

27. Rockies          
28. Braves
29. Blue Jays
30. Yankees
31. Giants
32. Pirates
33. Royals
34. Tigers
35. Dodgers
36. Orioles

Competitive Balance Round A

37. Astros    
38. Rockies
39. Cardinals
40. Brewers
41. Padres
42. Indians

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Angels, Matt Joyce Agree To Deal

Feb 10, 2015 8:35 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year, $4.75 million contract with Matt Joyce, avoiding arbitration.

Los Angeles acquired Joyce in a December trade with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Joyce is expected to be the primary designated hitter for the Angels, while hitting second so that Mike Trout can hit third.

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Josh Hamilton To Have Shoulder Surgery
Josh Hamilton will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday and is expected to resume baseball activities in three to eight weeks.

ESPN

Garrett Richards Gets $3.2M From Angels
Pitcher Garrett Richards had a breakout season for the Angels in 2014.

ESPN.com

Angels, Freese Agree To $6.425M Deal
This is the final season by arbitration eligibility for David Freese.

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Angels Open To Extensions With Iannetta, Richards, Street
The Angels plan to begin negotiating a contract extension with Huston Street and have already discussed the possibility with him personally, according to a source.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Shields' Price Tag Hasn't Dropped Enough To Interest Angels
L.A. general manager Jerry Dipoto was asked Tuesday if the right-hander's supposed declining price had the club interested.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange-County Register

Angels Aren't Courting Scherzer, Shields
The Angels aren't "engaged with any free agent pitcher at all," according to general manager Jerry Dipoto.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Angels, Blue Jays, Mets Showing Interest In Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won't be eligible to sign with a Major League club until July 2.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Haren 'Holding Out Hope' For Trade To Southern California
Dan Haren, who was traded to the Marlins along with Dee Gordon, has a decision to make regarding his future.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Sources: Angels Sign Cuban Prospect Roberto Baldoquin
Roberto Baldoquin will receive an $8M bonus once the deal becomes official.

MLB.com

Sources: Angels Have Discussed Hamilton With Rangers, Padres
Josh Hamilton is owed $83 million over the next three seasons.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Angels Acquire Matt Joyce From Rays
The Rays have traded Matt Joyce to the Angels in exchange for Kevin Jepsen.

ESPN

Dodgers Deal For Kendrick From Angels
The Dodgers have traded pitcher Andrew Heaney to the Angels for second baseman Howie Kendrick.

ESPN.com

Angels To Sign Cuban Infielder Roberto Baldoquin
The will sign Roberto Baldoquin to a record-setting $8 million bonus.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Angels Making C.J. Wilson Available
The market for Wilson, who is 34 and owed $38 million over the next two seasons, may not be very strong.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Haren Would Rather Retire Than Pitch Outside LA
Dan Haren says he would likely walk away from baseball if the Dodgers trade him to a team other than the Angels.

Mark Saxon/ESPN

Trout, 23, Youngest Unanimous MVP
Mike Trout finished second in MVP voting both of his first two seasons.

ESPN

Yankees, Blue Jays Have Inquired About Howie Kendrick
The Angels remain open to trading Howie Kendrick, but a deal is not guaranteed.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Angels Remain Open To Trading Kendrick
The Angels would like to trade Howie Kendrick for a pitcher or position player of comparable value under longer team control.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Astros Trade Tropeano, Prospect To Angels For Conger
The Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Angels.

ESPN.com

Major Individual Award Finalists Announced
The BWAA has revealed the top three finalists for the American League and National League for Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young and Most Valuable Player.

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