Los Angeles Angels Wiretap

Mike Trout To Rejoin Angels In Texas

Apr 14, 2019 7:31 PM

Angels outfielder Mike Trout's injured groin has improved and the All-Star will join the team in Texas ahead of a series against the Rangers, the team said Sunday.

The Angels said that an ultrasound "showed further improvement" to Trout's groin. Los Angeles said Trout will continue to be evaluated to determine when he'll be ready to play.


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

Mike Trout Stays In Anaheim With Groin Injury

Apr 13, 2019 12:58 AM

Mike Trout, the Angels' two-time American League MVP, remained in Anaheim, California, when his club departed for Chicago on Thursday because of a right groin injury suffered during a game against the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week.

The Angels announced that Trout will be re-evaluated Sunday after imaging done Friday showed reduced swelling. Trout has also told the team his injury is improving, the Angels said.


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

Mike Trout Day-To-Day With Strained Groin

Apr 10, 2019 7:48 AM

Mike Trout is day-to-day after leaving Tuesday night's game with a strained right groin.

Trout first felt discomfort after completing a workout earlier in the day and it flared up as he was running to second base in the second inning.

"I went in the outfield (during the third inning) and it felt worse," Trout said. "I didn't want to push it. It is better to take time out than blow it out."

Brad Ausmus said he would more than likely keep Trout out of the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Angels have Thursday off.

"After talking to doctors, it was a pretty good thing I came out. I just have to get it right, and when it is 100 percent, I will play," Trout said.

Associated Press

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

Pujols: Cardinals 'Handling Talks' Led To 2012 Decision

Apr 7, 2019 2:43 PM

A reflective Albert Pujols says it was the way the Angels showed they cared that led him to join the team seven years ago.

Pujols addressed his 2012 decision to sign with the Angels over the Cardinals in an interview on "In Depth with Graham Bensinger," which is airing in syndication this weekend. During the interview, recorded in spring training, Pujols told Bensinger that he didn't appreciate the way the Cardinals handled negotiations at the time.

"I felt that the approach that they took wasn't showing me that they wanted me to be a longtime Cardinal," Pujols said, adding, "I believe I made the right decision."


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

April Return Possible For Shohei Ohtani

Apr 5, 2019 1:42 AM

Shohei Ohtani, making his way back from Tommy John surgery, took 50 swings on Thursday, the last half of which took place on the field. The Angels have said throughout that Ohtani will not return before the start of May, but the two-way sensation has progressed effortlessly through each step as a hitter. His only obstacle appears to be the organization's profound caution.


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

Max Scherzer Surpasses Mike Trout As Highest Paid Player

Mar 29, 2019 8:12 AM

Max Scherzer has passed Mike Trout as baseball's highest-paid player at $37.4 million.

The average Major League salary dropped for an unprecedented second straight year on Opening Day, falling about $36,000 to approximately $4,375,000.

However, that decline was due to signing bonuses in new deals for several superstars.

Trout was highest paid last season at $34.08 million, but his new deal dropped his salary for this year in exchange for a $20 million signing bonus.

The five highest-paid players are all pitchers, with Arizona's Zack Greinke second at $32.4 million, followed by Boston's David Price and the Los Angeles Dodgers' Kershaw at $31 million each, and Washington's Stephen Strasburg at $30.7 million.

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney

Mar 28, 2019 12:31 PM

MLB is seeking to gain control of local broadcasting agreements with teams and has placed a bid to purchase regional sports networks from Disney.

Disney acquired 22 RSNs as part of its $71 billion purchase of 21st Century Fox's entertainment business.

“There’s tremendous revenue disparity in our game, and I think that if we had more of a national model closer to where the NFL is it would solve a lot of those competitive issues for us, kind of level the playing field,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday.

“I think that all of the difficult issues for baseball, if you took that revenue disparity out of the picture, would be easier.”

The New York Yankees have a right of first refusal to buy back control of their YES Network and have arranged partners for their own deal. MLB wants to purchase the remaining networks.

“Strategically, it would be a very interesting move for us,” Manfred said during a breakfast at The Paley Center for Media.

“Our game has always had sort of a national broadcast component that’s come out of New York. But the bulk of our business has been local. And the idea of a central baseball having more control over local rights is one that’s really intriguing to us. If we do the transaction, we’ll do it on the theory that we will try to accumulate more.”

Leagues and teams are worried how the cord-cutting trend will impact this business.

“You’re buying an ongoing RSN business, which generates really significant profits right now,” Manfred said. “I think everybody knows that it’s probably going to degrade over time as the cable model erodes.

“I think for us, we’d be prepared to live with that, run out of profitability and at the end of that runout, assuming it comes to some sort of a hard end, we would be in control of the content, which we fundamentally believe in, and we think that holding it as a lead better positions us to figure out exactly what that next distribution model is going to look like for the benefit of the league, as opposed to having some kind of private equity firm owning the RSNs.”

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Mike Trout: Harper, Machado Free Agencies 'Drew A Red Flag'

Mar 26, 2019 8:07 AM

While discussing his recent 12-year, $430 million contract agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout admitted that he was scared off by the lengthy free agencies of Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.

"I kind of saw what Bryce and Manny went through and it drew a red flag for me," Trout said. "I talked to Manny and Bryce. It was a tough couple months in the offseason. They put it perspective in my mind. I obviously want to be an Angel for life. That was a big key."

Harper and Machado were free agents until mid-February.

"If we hadn't gotten a deal done it would have been tough for me," Trout said. "I obviously wanted to be here. I said I want to deal with it now. If not [I'm going] to explore free agency. I didn't want to go through the next few seasons thinking 'am I going to get a deal or not?'"

Fabian Ardaya/The Athletic

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

Mike Trout On Angels: 'I Love It Here'

Mar 25, 2019 8:06 AM

The Los Angeles Angels saw 3,000 or so fans arrive early for Sunday's exhibition game to celebrate Mike Trout's new 12-year, $426.5 million contract.

Trout arrived at the podium amid a chorus of "MVP" chants.

"Whew!" he exclaimed at one point, attempting to gather himself. "I'm losing it."

"Spending your whole career with one team I think is pretty cool," Trout said.

"That was one thing on my mind, talking to people -- if I did leave in two years, maybe looking back I would've probably regretted it a little bit, because I love it here."

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Mike Trout - A Career Timeline Video

Mar 22, 2019 2:52 PM

Mike Trout has had a historical start to his career with his production on the field and now have a record breaking 12-year, $430 million contract.

Here is Trout's career timeline: 

RealGM Staff Report

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Mike Trout Elated To Stay An Angel 'For Years To Come'
Mike Trout and the Angels have officially announced their 12-year contract extension, which will likely keep him in the same uniform for his entire career.


Angels, Mike Trout Finalizing 12-Year, $430M Extension
Mike Trout would receive an average annual value of $36 million.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Angels Shut Down Andrew Heaney With Inflamed Elbow
Andrew Heaney was a legitimate candidate to start on Opening Day.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Albert Pujols On Verge Of Joining 2,000-RBI Club
Albert Pujols has 1,982 career RBIs, putting him just 18 short of the 2,000-RBI mark.

Matt Kelly/MLB

Shohei Ohtani Gets $105K Raise From Angels
After winning the American League Rookie of the Year in 2018, Shohei Ohtani is getting a raise from the Angels.

Associated Press

Angels Upset As Bryce Harper Continues To Lobby For Mike Trout
Bryce Harper has again lobbied for Mike Trout to join him with the Phillies in 2021, a possible violation of Major League Baseball's tampering rule.


Angels Have Considered Offering Mike Trout 10-Year, $350M Deal
Mike Trout is owed $66.5 million over the next two seasons.

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

Mike Trout Concentrating On Upcoming Season
Angels star Mike Trout can become a free agent after the 2020 season.


Long Beach Explores Building Stadium For Angels
Long Beach officials have reached out to the Angels about the possibility of the team moving and playing in a new stadium on the city's waterfront.


Dan Jennings Signs Minors Deal With Angels
The Angels have signed Dan Jennings to a Minor League deal with an invite to Spring Training.

Associated Press

Mike Trout On Phillies Speculation: I Can't Predict The Future
Mike Trout won't be a free agent for a few years, but he's already being asked about potentially ending up with the Phillies.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Pujols, Ohtani Have Opening Day Goal
It may be unrealistic for Shoehei Ohtani to be ready for Opening Day.


Angels Hoping To Have Shohei Ohtani Back In May
Brad Ausmus says the Angels are hoping to have Shohei Ohtani back and ready to hit "sometime in May."


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

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Angels, Cody Allen Agree Upon One-Year Deal
The Angels have agreed to a one-year deal with Cody Allen, according to league sources.


Phillies Plan To Make Play For Mike Trout In Two Years
The Phillies plan to make "a big play" for Mike Trout when he's scheduled to become a free agent in two years.

Jon Heyman/Fancred Sports

Anaheim Approves Lease Extension For Angels
Anaheim has voted in favor of a one-year extension to the Angels' stadium lease.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Angels, Anaheim Looking To Extend Lease Through 2020
The extension would provide both sides more time to potentially come up with a long-term solution.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Rangers Acquire Luke Farrell On Waiver Claim From Angels
The Rangers also signed pitchers Adrian Sampson and Rafael Montero to minor league contract on Friday.


Matt Shoemaker, Blue Jays Agree To One-Year, $3.5M Contract
Free-agent pitcher Matt Shoemaker went 2-2 in seven starts with the Angels last season.