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  1. angelsnationtalk

    Betts for Adell?

    Nope. Adell is younger, more control and way cheaper. Plus, he could turn into a stud so financially it's not worth it. Now that Trout is locked down, all the money goes towards pitching.
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    Gameday Thread: 8/16 White Sox @ Angels

    Victor Rojas and Mark Gubicza are not happy that Sandoval was pulled early. They stated that we’re not in a playoff race so now is the time to let a young rookie grow and gain confidence to pitch their way through situations. Ausmus puzzles my mind. 100% agree.
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    Update about Angels Stadium news

    So you think we're going to Long Beach?
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    Update about Angels Stadium news

    What if they replaced it with an In N Out?
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    Update about Angels Stadium news

    Person directly responsible? How in the world do you know this
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    Update about Angels Stadium news

    Updated story from Bill Shaikin about the situation with the stadium: https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2019-08-14/angels-have-a-third-option-in-their-stadium-search To summarize, the news talks about how the Angels can really play in the stadium until 2029 until the lease expires. That's the third option. The other two options include a new stadium in Long Beach or a renovated/new stadium in Anaheim. The Angels have until the end of the year to say something. I'd expect them to remain in Anaheim. I would love to see a plan for a new stadium in Anaheim. That would be pretty neat. There was an artist rendering that I saw a few years ago about a direction the Angels could go with their current stadium. Obviously it's just a concept, but it looks very nice.
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    Cole

    Damn so much for that fantasy. Marsh and Adams wouldn't fly
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    Cole

    @totdprods question for you since you're good at this. Let's reopen the Thor discussion. Does his price drop a little in the offseason? Tell me the package you think it would take. Thor has great velocity, cost controlled for 2020/2021 then could be extended with money we get back when Pujols leaves. Fits well with Eppler's likings for high velo guys and could slot behind Cole. It checks off everything Eppler wants except for asking price. One downside is Thor and Cole have similar offerings at similar speeds so it might help to not have them go back to back
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    Cole

    Yikes $28.3M/yr....
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    Cole

    Would you guess for Cole to want a contract between 20-25M/yr or 25-30M/yr ??
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    Cole

    This is a great post. The whole "Cole or bust" saying we all have does have serious pros and cons to it. We can all agree that we need an ace. Period. Cole would be that ace and would help our rotation line up better in terms of depth. The problem is that just adding Cole doesn't get us the division. We'd need a solid #1 and #2 to possibly get us within some distant talks of a division title. And even that is a stretch. As much as i'd love for Ohtani to be that solid #2, he needs to have a full healthy season first. Coming off of TJ will be a nail-biting situation for the Angels. I'm sure he'll be fine, but given how the Angels have had such bad luck with health in recent years, they could use all the arms they can find. I'm hoping something along the lines of what @totdprods said will happen. Making an offer for Cole is a great plan and I hope they both mutually agree, but I think making a trade in the offseason when the prices drop can really solidify the rotation a little more. I view it as Signing a big FA as a luxury, but making a solid trade for a solid #2 or #3 as a necessity. Then, adding the lower cost vet is a big safety net for us. When we make a trade we're going to have to include one of our young MLB ready arms. Someone like Barria or Suarez. That would add the value the other team would need and might help us avoid trading away Marsh. We could become significantly better with pitching in 2020 looking like (best case): Cole, Ohtani, *Traded Player*, Heaney, Canning, *whoever wins 6th spot* All these players will be under contract by 2021. The Angels will have even more cash to spend after 2021 when Albert comes off the books. Enough for raises to Ohtani and to be used where it's needed.
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    Eppler’s concerning gamble of 2019

    Yup.. Just updating where the signings have gone and how they have progressed. Anyone who might say "they got unlucky and it didn't work out" must be blind. This hasn't been the first year and it's becoming very concerning.
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    Eppler’s concerning gamble of 2019

    Which doesn't make sense because Eppler loves guys with good fastballs. I know Statton has a good spin rate... but come on Eppler.
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    Eppler’s concerning gamble of 2019

    For some reason I thought we had him last year. But yes... Stratton- 8.59ERA with Angels in 6 games. Then now has a 2.78ERA with Pirates in 18 games.
  15. This was another gap year trying to reset for 2020 and beyond. But let’s take a look how Epplers “gamble” panned out with the main players acquired in the offseason. Harvey (FA signed)- Released Allen (FA signed)- Released Lucroy (FA signed)- Released Cahill (FA signed)- 6.40ERA, moved to the bullpen and only on the team still cuz half our rotation doesn’t exist. Garcia (Traded for Alvarez)- 4.93 ERA while Alvarez is sporting a 3.02 ERA Bour- .183BA currently playing in AAA LaStella- .300BA having a career year. Goodwin- .283BA (should be playing more than Upton). Only two players (LaStella and Goodwin), are playing well. Everyone else, especially pitching, has been a major bust. The scary part is they haven’t been injured. They’ve just been bad. I’m optimistic with Eppler. I love his drafting and how he’s built the farm system. His major league acquisitions have been extremely worrisome.