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Mike Trout On Phillies Speculation: I Can't Predict The Future

Feb 19, 2019 8:05 AM

Mike Trout won't be a free agent for a few years, but he's already being asked about potentially ending up with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Trout is from Millville, New Jersey, which is about an hour south of Philadelphia.

"I don't think I went a day this offseason without someone saying, "When are you coming to Philly?'" he said.

"I can't predict the future. I don't know."

Trout will be a free agent after the 2020 season.

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

Pujols, Ohtani Have Opening Day Goal

Feb 17, 2019 7:32 PM


Albert Pujols ate healthier over the offseason and showed up six days ago looking noticeably slimmer despite spending a large chunk of his offseason recovering from August surgery to his left knee. The 39-year-old, who also had bone chips removed from his elbow in September, doesn't know when he'll be ready to play in spring training games, but said: "My goal is to be ready for March [28] on Opening Day."

Shohei Ohtani shared the same sentiment, even if for him it's far more unrealistic.


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

Angels Hoping To Have Shohei Ohtani Back In May

Feb 13, 2019 8:08 AM

Brad Ausmus says the Los Angeles Angels are hoping to have Shohei Ohtani back and ready to hit "sometime in May."

Ohtani has begun to take some dry swings in the batting cage as he works his way back following Tommy John surgery.

"I'm not going to put a date on it, but we're thinking sometime in May," Ausmus said of Ohtani's possible return date.

Ohtani was medically cleared last month to resume full strength training on his right arm following surgery Oct. 1, including beginning weight training, as the right-hander rebuilds strength on his right side. He is not expected to pitch again until 2020.


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

Shohei Ohtani Won't Be Ready For Opening Day

Feb 1, 2019 7:55 AM

Shohei Ohtani has been making progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, but he will not be ready by Opening Day.

Ohtani, who will only be available as a designated hitter in 2019, has been cleared to begin full strength training.

"To pinpoint a timetable is unrealistic," Billy Eppler said, "but what is clear is that his progression will not allow him to be active for Opening Day."

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

Angels, Cody Allen Agree Upon One-Year Deal

Jan 18, 2019 7:48 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year deal with Cody Allen, according to league sources.

Allen has spent the last few seasons closing games for the Cleveland Indians.

The reliever had been discussing deals in the $9 million range after a disappointing season.


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

Phillies Plan To Make Play For Mike Trout In Two Years

Jan 16, 2019 8:13 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies plan to make "a big play" for Mike Trout when he's scheduled to become a free agent in two years.

Of course, there's a chance the Los Angeles Angels will sign Trout to a contract extension before he hits the open market.

Trout is a native of Vineland, New Jersey, which is roughly 40 miles from Philadelphia.

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

Anaheim Approves Lease Extension For Angels

Jan 16, 2019 7:43 AM

The City of Anaheim has voted in favor of a one-year extension to the Los Angeles Angels' stadium lease.

The agreement gives both sides more time to potentially come up with a long-term solution.

The Angels are scheduled to play in Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, through the 2020 season.

"It is clear to me that the team's priority is to stay in Anaheim," Mayor Harry Sidhu said in a statement. "We need a plan to make that happen, and we need time to make that happen. This will give us time to find a deal that benefits our residents, with a goal of keeping baseball in Anaheim for another 50 years or more."

The Angels have been playing in Angel Stadium since 1966.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

Angels, Anaheim Looking To Extend Lease Through 2020

Jan 11, 2019 8:03 AM

The Los Angeles Angels and the city of Anaheim are hoping to finalize a one-year extension to the Angels' stadium lease.

A deal would allow the Angels to remain at their current facility through the 2020 season.

The proposal will be voted on at a City Council meeting on Tuesday.

The extension would provide both sides more time to potentially come up with a long-term solution.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

Rangers Acquire Luke Farrell On Waiver Claim From Angels

Jan 5, 2019 2:24 AM

The Texas Rangers acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Farrell on a waiver claim Friday from the Los Angeles Angels.

Texas also signed right-handers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.


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

Matt Shoemaker, Blue Jays Agree To One-Year, $3.5M Contract

Dec 29, 2018 1:34 AM

Free-agent pitcher Matt Shoemaker has agreed to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, the team announced Friday.

Shoemaker went 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA in seven starts with the Los Angeles Angels last season


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

Angels, Jonathan Lucroy Agree To One-Year, $3.35M Deal
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit .241, with four homers and 51 RBIs in 126 games with the A's last season.


Matt Harvey Joins Angels On One-Year, $11M Deal
Matt Harvey, 29, reset his value a bit after the Mets traded him to the Reds.


Angels Targeting Wilson Ramos
The Angels need help at catcher and Wilson Ramos appears to be their top target.

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Justin Bour Joins Angels On One-Year Deal
A left-handed-hitting first baseman, Justin Bour will be used as insurance for both Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Mike Napoli Announces Retirement
Mike Napoli hit 267 home runs during his 13-year MLB career.


Phillies Acquire Jose Alvarez From Angels
The Phillies have acquired left-hander Jose Alvarez from the Angels in exchange for right-hander Luis Garcia.


Cubs Trade Tommy La Stella To Angels
The Cubs have traded Tommy La Stella to the Angels for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

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Ohtani Said Having Elbow Surgery Was 'Necessary'
Shane Ohtani plans to continue both pitching and hitting, and said having the surgery made the most sense.


Nathan Eovaldi Drawing Plenty Of Interest
It is being reported that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, White Sox, Blue Jays, Giants, Padres, and Red Sox are interested in free-agent pitcher Nathan Eovaldi.


Ronald Acuna, Shohei Ohtani Win Rookie Of Year Honors
Ronald Acuna, Jr. and Shohei Ohtani were named Rookie of the Year in the National and American League, respectively.

RealGM Staff Report

Angels Could Be Serious Players For Patrick Corbin
The Angels drafted Patrick Corbin in 2009.


Brad Ausmus Ready To Embrace Analytics With Angels
Over the last year, Brad Ausmus says he's developed a deeper understanding of how traditional beliefs aren't always correct.

Associated Press

Angels Name Brad Ausmus As New Manager
Brad Ausmus was already working in the Angels' front office as an assistant to GM Billy Eppler.


Angels Decide To Opt-Out Of Stadium Lease
The Angels and the city of Anaheim will negotiate on a new deal to keep the Angels in the fourth-oldest ballpark in the major leagues.


Eric Chavez Is Top Candidate To Manage Angels
The top candidate to manage the Angels is special assistant Eric Chavez.

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Shohei Ohtani Has Tommy John, Will Hit Exclusively In 2019
Shohei Ohtani underwent Tommy John surgery on Monday, according to the Angels.


Mike Trout Says Winning Is 'Huge' In Determining His Future
Mike Trout put together yet another stellar season, but once again the Angels will watch the postseason from home.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Mike Scioscia Steps Down As Angels' Manager
Mike Scioscia was the Angels manager for 19 seasons, leading them to the World Series title in 2002.


Shohei Ohtani Will Have Tommy John Next Week
Shohei Ohtani has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery and will have the procedure next week.


Mike Scioscia Wants To Continue Managing
Mike Scioscia's contract expires after this season and the Angels have made the playoffs just once in the past nine years.

Associated Press