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Albert Pujols Cleared To Hit Off Tee

Jan 28, 2016 9:14 AM

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.

Pujols was initially expected to resume baseball activities in late March with him beginning the season on the disabled list.

ESPN

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

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Angels, Calhoun Avoid Arbitration With $3.4M Deal

Jan 27, 2016 7:17 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with Kole Calhoun by agreeing to a one-year, $3.4 million deal.

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

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

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Angels, Garrett Richards Agree To $6.4M Deal

Jan 26, 2016 6:58 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with Garrett Richards by agreeing to a one-year, $6.4 million deal.

Richards went 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA for the Angels the past season. He excelled in 2014 as well before a season-ending leg injury.

The Angels offered $5.3 million last week, and Richards countered with $7.1 million. He made $3.2 million last year.

Associated Press

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

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Mike Trout Monitoring Eastern Snow Storm

Jan 24, 2016 2:21 AM

Angels outfielder Mike Trout appeared Saturday on The Weather Channel to deliver a report on conditions in his hometown of Millville, New Jersey.

"It's been crazy, for sure. Obviously, up all night, up every hour, checking the measurements. We probably got about a foot and it's coming down steady right now," Trout said. "It's blowing hard. There's probably -- by my parents' house -- 4-, 5-, 6-foot drifts. The roads are terrible. It's just, you know -- it's awesome. I love it."

ESPN.com

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Austin Jackson Being Pursued By Angels, Brewers, Cubs, Rangers

Jan 22, 2016 9:04 AM

The Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers are among the teams that have at least some level of interest in Austin Jackson, according to a report.

The Cubs could bring Jackson back "for the right price."

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Yoenis Cespedes May Be Close To New Deal

Jan 17, 2016 1:55 PM

Yoenis Cespedes' search for a team is "intensifying," according to ESPN's Jim Bowden, who reported the process could conclude within a few days. As many as 10 teams remain in "active contact" with Cespedes' camp, Bowden reported.

The Mets, Braves and White Sox all are known to have interest in Cespedes, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, with the Tigers and Angels among the other clubs with a clear need for an outfielder with power.

MLB.com

Tags: New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Angels Seeking Upgrade In Left Field, But Options Limited

Jan 5, 2016 7:15 AM

The Los Angeles Angels are looking to make an upgrade in left field, but their options appear limited.

Billy Eppler said Monday that he's "had conversations with free agents on the outfield market as recently as 24 hours ago," but wouldn't specify whether big names like Yoenis Cespedes, Alex Gordon or Justin Upton were among them.

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. The Angels would still like an upgrade in left field, but it doesn't look like they'll spend a lot to do so.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

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

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Orioles, White Sox Emerging As Leaders For Cespedes

Dec 29, 2015 4:20 PM

The Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox have emerged as the leaders to sign Yoenis Cespedes, according to a report.

The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels are also reportedly in the mix and the Texas Rangers are monitoring the situation.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Angels Sign Daniel Nava To One-Year, $1.375M Deal

Dec 17, 2015 6:22 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have signed Daniel Nava to a one-year, $1.375 million contract.

Nava, 32, hit .194/.315/.245 in 166 plate appearances between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays this year but is a career .265/.358/.383 hitter overall.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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

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Angels Haven't Made Any Offers To Big Name Free Agents

Dec 17, 2015 6:13 AM

The Los Angeles Angels haven't made any offers to big name free agents this offseason, according to owner Arte Moreno.

That includes Jason Heyward and the Angels aren't in serious talks with Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, Alex Gordon or Chris Davis.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

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

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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

Angels Could Pay Luxury Tax For First Time Since 2003
The Angels are currently about $22 million under the luxury tax threshold and in dire need of an impact bat, preferably one that can play left field.

Mike DiGiovanna/Los Angeles Times

Angels Name Bud Black Special Assistant To GM
The Angels have hired Bud Black as special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.

ESPN

Geovany Soto Agrees To Deal With Angels
Geovany Soto's deal came just one day after the Angels saw Chris Iannetta sign with the Mariners in free agency.

Associated Press

Angels May Pursue Jason Heyward
The Angels aren't ruling out a pursuit of Jason Heyward in free agency, according to sources.

Jon Morosi/FOX Sports

Mariners Sign Chris Iannetta To One-Year Deal
The Mariners have signed Chris Iannetta to a one-year contract with the expectation that he will begin the season as the club's starting catcher.

Associated Press

Steve Martone Named Assistant GM With Angels
Steve Martone spent the last two years as the Yankees' manager of professional scouting.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Angels Sign Cliff Pennington To Two-Year Deal
Cliff Pennington will reportedly make $1.5 million in 2016 and $2.25 million in 2017.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Angels Get Simmons In Trade With Braves
The Braves have traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for Erick Aybar and top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis.

ESPN

Chris Iannetta Drawing Interest From Mariners
Chris Iannetta, 32, is a free agent after spending the last four years with the Angels.

Bob Dutton/News Tribune

Howie Kendrick Seeking Four-Year Deal
Besides the Dodgers, who could re-sign the 32-year-old, the Angels, Yankees, Diamondbacks and Royals may be in the market for a second baseman.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Torii Hunter Retiring After 19 Seasons
Torii Hunter told the Star Tribune he began the year believing this would be his last in baseball, and he wants to focus on his family, with two of his sons playing college football.

ESPN

Angels Won't Retain Hitting, Pitching Coaches
The Angels are making major changes to Mike Scioscia's staff as pitching coach Mike Butcher and hitting coach Don Baylor will not return to the club.

Associated Press

Angels Hire Billy Eppler As General Manager
Billy Eppler, 40, is a longtime executive of the Yankees and will now work with Arte Moreno and Mike Scioscia.

AP

Angels Sign Mat Latos
He won't be eligible for the playoffs should L.A. qualify, but Latos can pitch in the final week of the season.

Charlie Wilmoth/MLB Trade Rumors

Billy Eppler Could Become GM Of Angels
Many believe the biggest factor for the Angels is hiring a general manager who can co-exist with Mike Scioscia.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Trout Has Fourth-Most HRs Through Age-23 Season
Mike Trout hit a grand slam and a solo home run on Thursday against the Twins, giving him a career-high 38 home runs this season.

ESPN

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