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Thursday, May 17, 2012
..........New Angels hitting coach Jim Eppard does have a history with much of the clubhouse, including shortstop Erick Aybar, who is hitting 81 points below his career average. In a perfect world, Eppard would develop a relationship with Pujols, too, but let him walk before he attempts to win the Boston Marathon.
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Thursday, April 26, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
The Rangers expect to sign Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish before Wednesday's 4 p.m. CT deadline.
Club sources said Texas doesn't have a deal done yet, and it could go down to the last day. But sources said the Rangers expect negotiations to get done if everybody stays "fair and reasonable."
If the Rangers get Darvish's deal done as expected, they are not expecting to sign free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder. The Rangers met with Fielder and his agent Scott Boras on Friday in Dallas in what was described as a "preliminary meeting."
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
As the Red Sox look to rebound from a very disappointing season last year in my eyes this is a great move. Acquiring a young exciting closer in Andrew Bailey.The Red Sox lined up the man who is all but certain to be their next closer by completing a trade with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday for two-time All-Star Andrew Bailey.
Coming over along with Bailey in the deal is outfielder Ryan Sweeney. To get Jonathan Papelbon's successor for the ninth inning, the Red Sox traded right fielder Josh Reddick and two prospects -- 20-year-old third baseman Miles Head and 19-year-old righty Raul Alcantara.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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Friday, May 27, 2011
In their first day as Angels teammates, Mark Trumbo and Russell Branyan produced ninth-inning swings that gave fans something to stand up and feel good about at Angel Stadium.
Most of the 33,412 Thursday matinee customers cheered wildy when Trumbo launched a three-run homer to left-center field. But the racket was short-lived when Branyan's drive fell short of the wall in center, reaching the warning track for a game-ending fly ball against A's reliever Grant Balfour.
The Athletics breathed a collective sigh of relief, having claimed a 4-3 victory and a split of the four-game series.
"It was nice in the end to make a push and put a ball in play," Trumbo said of his big fly. "It was too little, too late."
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Hamilton is coming off an AL MVP season in which he hit 32 homers and had 100 RBIs to go along with a .359 batting average.
He gets a $3 million signing bonus, a $7.25 million salary this year and $13.75 million in 2012.
Hamilton made $3.25 million last season, when the Rangers went to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. When the sides exchange proposed arbitration salaries last month, Hamilton had asked for $12 million, $3.3 million more than Texas had offered. But after more discussions, they were able to bridge the gap before a hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
Friday, January 21, 2011
"Vernon is a player we have admired for some time," Angels general manager Tony Reagins said in a statement. "He is a tremendous person and the type of player that will impact our club immediately both on offense and defense."
Wells was in Southern California for his physical Friday, according to a major league source, and agreed to waive his no-trade clause.
Napoli led the Angels with 26 home runs last year, but the team has been shopping Napoli for months in part because of his inconsistent defense. The Angels' desire to move him accelerated when Napoli asked for $6.1 million in an arbitration filing last week. The Angels were beaten out in efforts to land Carl Crawford and Adrian Beltre earlier this winter, but acquiring Wells shows that their willingness to spend money this offseason is in earnest. Wells is owed $86 million over the next four seasons -- $23 million next season and $21 million in each of the following three seasons.
The Blue Jays had been trying for years to free themselves from the financial weight of Wells' contract. Friday's move could make it easier for the Blue Jays to extend the contract of slugger Jose Bautista.
Toronto general manager Alex Anthopolous said Anaheim was one of the few places to which Wells would have waived his no-trade clause.
"It made sense for them and it certainly made sense for us the way this deal was structured," Anthopolous said.
Wells, a resident of Texas, has played all 12 of his major league seasons in Toronto and had a comeback season in 2010, batting .273 with 31 home runs, a .515 slugging percentage and 88 RBIs.
Trading Napoli and Rivera, whose 2011 salary is $5.25 million, frees up at least $10.55 million, helping defray some of Wells' hefty salary, and gives the Angels the flexibility to add more offense. The Angels slipped from No. 2 in runs scored in 2009 to No. 19 last season.
Wells, a three-time Gold Glove winner, likely will play center field for the Angels. Torii Hunter will continue to play right.
The team has had discussions involving leadoff man Scott Podsednik, an addition that would allow the Angels to use Bobby Abreu at designated hitter. The Angels prefer that route to using Abreu, who turns 37 in March, in the outfield on a daily basis.
Rookie Peter Bourjos could be ticketed for Triple-A or be in a competition with Reggie Willits this spring for a job as the team's fourth outfielder.
If the Angels can't land Podsednik, they could go after a designated hitter. They have been linked to ex-Angel Vladimir Guerrero.
Trading away Napoli also clears the path for one of the Angels' top prospects, catcher Hank Conger, who batted .300 with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs at Triple-A Salt Lake last season.
The Angels figure to split up catching duties between Conger and veterans Jeff Mathis and Bobby Wilson.