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Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers push for postseason

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Jered WeaverThe Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have been a playoff contender for years, and after missing the postseason last year, they’re back in the mix in 2011, trailing the Texas Rangers by four games in the AL West with 41 games left on the schedule, 10 of which are against those same boys from Arlington. They’ll play a four-game series this week and then a three-gamer on the last weekend of the month. Then, and we can only hope the division is still to be decided, the two teams will close out the season with three more games against each other.

 

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Heath Bell trade will set market value for league’s relievers

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Trades,

Heath BellHeath Bell looks like one of the most attractive players who may be available at this year’s non-waiver trade deadline. Reports are coming out of most cities saying that team so-and-so has inquired about Bell, but does that mean San Diego Padres GM Jed Hoyer is likely to trade him? Not necessarily. Many GMs will call Hoyer simply to find out the asking price for Bell, many of whom have no interest in actually putting together a deal.

 

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Scott Kazmir released by Los Angeles Angels

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Scott KazmirThe latest mistake of Los Angels Angels GM Tony Reagins finally blew up in his face as Los Angeles cut ties with doomed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir, released him and swallowing the remainder of the $14.5 million they owe him for the rest of the 2011 season. Kazmir was disabled with lower back tightness after one Major League start, but couldn’t find the strike zone in extended Spring Training in Arizona, which proved to be quite futile.

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Albert Pujols reports to St. Louis Cardinals camp without a contract

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, Front Office, MLB, News,

Albert Pujols reports to St. Louis Cardinals camp without a contractAlbert Pujols, arguably the best overall player in baseball today, did not come to a contract agreement with the St. Louis Cardinals by the self-imposed deadline of Wednesday, February 16th. The reason Pujols designated a deadline was to not cause any distraction during the season for the team. However, considering all the things that Pujols can do and what he's done for the organization, how can his pending free agency after the 2011 not cause any degree of distraction? The usual big money teams, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, already have first baseman, but will undoubtedly have some interest should Pujols hit the market. Other interested teams include the Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers, and N.L. Central rivals, the Chicago Cubs.

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The Flip: Mike Napoli returns to the AL West

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Trades,

Mike NapoliFor the second time since Friday, Mike Napoli has been traded. Hopefully he hasn’t unpacked after being sent from Los Angeles to Toronto, as he is now heading back to the AL West. The Blue Jays and Rangers have completed a deal, sending the four-day old Blue Jay Napoli to Texas for reliever Frank Francisco and a little less than a million bucks. It’s just another player flipping deals that already seem to be common with Toronto’s new GM Alex Anthopoulos over his first year in the job.

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AL East has all new feel

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Vernon WellsThe lesser teams of the American League East were busy on Friday night with the Tampa Bay Rays rumored to have signed and reunited former Red Sox teammates Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, each signed to one-year deals; Ramirez’s worth $2 million and Damon for $5.25 million. Up in Toronto, the Blue Jays ended an era as they traded 12-year veteran center fielder Vernon Wells to the Angels in exchange for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera.

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Vernon Wells traded to the Los Angeles Angels

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Athletes, MLB, News, Trades,

Vernon Wells traded to the AngelsVernon Wells, along with the four years and $86 million remaining on his contract, have been traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Mike Napoli and Juan RIvera were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Wells. The downside for Angels fans who have made their voices heard is the money owed Wells, who had a bounceback 2010, but had three previous seasons of subpar performances. The trade allows the Blue Jays to have some financial flexibility moving forward.

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Los Angeles Angels top list of Adrian Beltre suitors

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Rumors,

Adrian BeltreCurrent reports say that the Angels are on top of the bunch looking to acquire Adrian Beltre, but at this point, it might make more sense to just sit back as spectators and wait patiently for Beltre to decide where he wants to go. We’ve already seen a bunch of surprises this offseason. Nobody thought Cliff Lee would go to Philadelphia. Nobody thought Zack Greinke would go to Milwaukee. Nobody thought Jayson Werth was worth $126 million.

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Scott Downs, Halos reach three-year deal

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Scott DownsIf you haven’t heard of Scott Downs, you’re not the only one. But you will. The 34-year-old left-handed reliever just reached a deal with the Los Angeles Angels, agreeing to a three-year, $15 million contract that will see Downs ship out of Canada for the first time since 2000. Downs made his MLB debut with the Cubs, but joined the Expos partway through the season, then moved to Toronto in 2005 and has been there ever since.

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Peter Bourjos racing into the hearts of Angels fans

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Peter BourjosPeter Bourjos has arrived. The 23-year-old rookie is making a name for himself as fast as his legs can carry him, and that’s pretty damn fast. Bourjos has been compared to Carl Crawford, at least by footrace standards. He was formally introduced to the Los Angeles Angels fans for the first time on Monday when he started in his first game at Angel Stadium. Now, he’s already getting cheers from the crowd for his fantastic defensive skills and his jerseys are starting to sell. Not bad for a nine-game rookie.

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