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  1. Phillies meeting with Harper tomorrow. Kind of hope they sign him and over-pay for him which means they probably wouldn't be in the market for Trout in the near future. Machado ? From his play in Los Angeles, if I were a GM I wouldn't be willing to bust the bank for him, He should wind up back in the AL which he knows and seems to do a lot better. Obviously, I am a Halos fan and favor Trout -- but really, I have trouble even putting those guys in the same sentence/ category as a Mike Trout. IMO, Mike Trout is one of those Once in a Generation players. Harper can't seem to put together back to back solid seasons -- when he's on he's ON -- but some folks remember he spent almost the entire 2017 season getting untracked and finally woke up at some point in late August Machado's play down the stretch for the DODGERS was less than inspiring. He's a solid player - his years in Baltimore showed that - but there were times in August/ September last year where I didn't think I'd want him on team -- lack of fundamentals , apparent lack of hustle. Trout never has those issues. Trout's issue is being frustrated when he hits in front of Pujols - Mr. GIDP -- and Trout doubles or whatever and gets stranded on the base paths. Trout has also made highlight reel catches and throws from the outfield that challenge those made by Jimmy Edmonds, Torri Hunter and others as atop the board for the best catches in Angels history (no, I did not forget Devon White or Darrin Erstad).
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    Angels sign C Jonathan Lucroy to 1yr/$3.35M deal

    Inside Pitch - YEP - I stand corrected. Houston signed the Texas Rangers catcher and let McCann go. when they let McCann go -- I was sure they'd re-sign Martin Maldonado - who played well for the Astros down the stretch and made their rotation better -- but then they signed the Texas catcher who had decent offensive numbers. I can't believe that a Gold Glove catcher like Martin Maldonado still has not signed yet. If he has signed somewhere, I missed it, I wouldn't mind him back with us, Some team is going to get a quality back stop in Maldonado.
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    Angels sign C Jonathan Lucroy to 1yr/$3.35M deal

    a good pick up and should help the Angels offensively from the catcher's position -- a place they've had offensive weakness since perhaps -- should I say it ?-- Mike Napoli. Still - IMO - Lucroy at this point is more of a platoon catcher/ DH guy, Not a bad combo for AL rosters, I have long thought that guys like the now retired Napoli (don't think he's spending any energy trying to get together with his now retired former manager, Sosh) are great for AL roster as a third string type catcher for those extra inning games and other times, DH, 1B and perhaps LF. To me Lucroy is like that - but a little bit better defensively but not great. Don't think he can Cath more than 85 games in the season and 100 may be a stretch. Martin Maldonando is still un-signed, Houston signed McCann to catch. I still Halos should look at bringing Maldonado back to catch -- he makes the pitching staff better - have Maldonando catch about 85 games and Lucroy about the same.
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    Would you trade Pujols for.......

    In today's MLB economics -- any MLB team would trade for Pujols? Really? I doubt it Even a Dodgers deal like the one with Cincinnati where the Dodgers did a total salary dump of Puig, Kemp and Wood ( a very solid LHP rotation guy and the best player the Reds got) for HOMER BAILEY - a guy with a $12.7 million contract for 2019 that the Dodgers were going to immediately release for some other team (maybe our Halos - we need pitching help) will. pick up for the MLB minimum and Bailey will play for his new 2019 tram while most of his contract is paid for by the Dodgers. Way back when Bowie Kuhn (then Commissioner -- anyone remember back that far) vetoed some deal Charlie O' Finley made -- well -- this Dodgers - Reds deal is far worse than whatever deal was vetoed way back when. Trade Pujols ? Sure. But I doubt any team would want Mr, GIDP on their roster and probably would not want to pay the MLB minimum of $450,000 or whatever it is these days.
  5. "What kind of money are we playing with?" A lot less than what it would take to sign key players to become competitive again........ I just don't see us doing much in 2019 or even 2020 -- hopefully we can compete by 2021 - isn't that about when Pujols' contract will finally be off the books ?
  6. GrittyVeterans : " We need a catcher better than that" I don't disagree with your comment. My list is of catchers who I think the Halos' front office can afford -- I don't see the Halos spending what it takes to get a top tier catcher (offense wise) and I've always been OK going with a defensive oriented catcher -- on that list -- I think Martin Maldonado is a top tier defensive catcher and is the one I'd like to see back -- but Houston seems to really like him and will pay him what it takes to keep him there.
  7. On that list - we need a catcher: Martin Maldonado, AJ Ellis and Bobby Wilson -- all familiar names. SP -- Should we extend an offer to Garrett RIchards - lotsa DL time; whaddya think? Other than Richards on the Halos list - let 'em all go. Blake Wood ???? perhaps. SP - two names on that list (not the top guys on the list but guys I think the Halos could possibly afford: Gio Gonzalez, Jeremy Hellickson RP -- David Robertson --- set up/ pre-set up guy - the exact area where we've had issues
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    Angels who are Gold Glove finalists

    I think everyone but Calhoun and Kinsler will win. as for Maldonado -- his first half with the Halos this year he was not as stellar behind the plate as he was last season - so it seemed to me. then he went over to Houston, they won the AL West title and advanced into the playoffs -- and he worked out well there - did well, the pitching staff liked him -- so he might win back to back GG one with the Halos and then this season primarily with Houston. Simmons at SS is a no-brainer for two in a row here (after several in Atlanta over in the NL) - I was sort of surprised that Simmons won the GG over Cleveland's Lindor last year -- not because Lindor was necessarily a better glove (he's pretty good and it's a close choice between the two) but because i felt Lindor may have had the advantage with the sports writers -- but this is chosen by the managers/ players ???
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    scioscia's availability

    I could see Arizona or San Diego in his future.
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    Before Angelswin.com???

    Yeah - the ESPN Angels Board was pretty good back in the day and was for quite some time before some incessant trolling took over and got ridiculous -- about this time Chuck had put together AW.com and it was pretty amazing --- one day Chuck or some one (might not have been Chuck but one of the AW folks who was on the ESPN Board) said - hey - AW.com is up and running and is the start of something good.........starting tomorrow let's all go over there -- and it happened.......everyone left the ESPN board all within a day or two went to AW.com and never looked back........I've gone back to check the ESPN site about twice in the last ten years (does ESPN even have team boards any more? Have not checked in a quite a while). The last time was perhaps three years ago and it was a ghost town...... AW.com TEN YEARS IN -- WOW!! Time does fly. A lot of good folks here and a lot of good things here.
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    Let’s go Dodgers

    I may reluctantly root for the California team. it really helps that the opposition is the Boston Red Sox. All of this just is a painful reminder of the opportunities missed by the Halos over the past five plus years to really penetrate the Dodgers' stronghold on S. Cal . I trace much of it to the Josh Hamilton signing -- just at the time we had a chance with that knucklehead McCourt figuring out how to some how implode one of the most successful MLB franchises -- we signed Josh Hamilton to that ridiculous contract (which virtually every AW poster -- in fact, I think every single regular -- just blasted before the ink was even dry on the contract) -- that Josh Hamilton tied up the Halos salary structure for years and cost the Halos a chance to take advantage of the Dodgers free fall all caused by the McCourt circus/ debacle. Once the LA based ownership took over the team -- the ownership coalition that Bud Selig should have let get the team in the first place instead of giving McCourt some strange exclusive negotiating rights to buy the Dodgers........time McCourt spent trying to shore up his under-capitalized bid -- something that should have warned any fiscally prudent investor (commissioner) away from McCourt -- but instead McCourt's shaky financing deal won out and the result was a total embarrassment to MLB with a storied franchise being run into the ground. Meanwhile the Halos were paying Josh Hamilton -- a guy with a history that warranted - perhaps - one of those NBA ten day contracts rather than a long term deal. Now the Dodgers are in the World Series and dominating the market (to the extent MLB dominates any market these days -- St. Louis excepted). It's not quite the early sixties when the Angels were relegated to second class tenants of the Dodgers (O'Malley's 'deal' with Autry gave the Dodgers all the concession and parking revenue -- the Angels only got ticket sales revenue) but sort of feels like it.
  12. Gio Gonzalez is a veteran MLB starter -- didn't he start his career with Oakland? I remember him best with Washington and part of a vaunted rotation that wasn't able to get the Nationals to the promised land of the W/S. Gonzalez seems to have spent a lot of time on the DL with his various teams. His durability seems an issue. He's a good pick up but I think any team who signs him will be over-paying for his past performance (more promise than performance) and experience. but -- he has a history of pitching some quality starts.......seen some real gems from him. I remember a few years back when he was with the Nationals - I attended two games of a three game series vs. the Giants at AT&T and had seats right on the rail of the Nats bull pen - saw Gonzalez warm up with a front row view.........the Nats vaunted staff got hit hard by the SF Giants the entire series -- and the Giants then weren't and still aren't a very offense oriented team.
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    Ausmus's Coaching Staff

    Torii would likely manage in the Twins system - isn't he a ST coach for them already? Of he could stay close to home and manage a minor league team in Texas.
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    Ausmus's Coaching Staff

    I think Eric Chavez remains at SLC managing AAA and boosting his managerial credentials. Chavez does not have that much managerial game experience. He would probably be better at AA (where the better players are) but AAA will do. Not sure why - but I think Ausmus is a three year interim guy until Chavez is ready........if Chavez can wait that long and if Ausmus just doesn't have great results/ success that provides him with a longer tenure..........I really don't see another 19 year run for a Halos manager.
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    Does a Kipnis/Calhoun Swap Make Sense?

    sure -- if we could get Kipnis for Calhoun -- I'd say go for it. I think Kipnis - oft injured in recent seasons -- is past his prime. Calhoun has some decent time left but his first half slump this year is a cause for concern -- he really tanked at the plate for much of April/ May -- don't think he really caught fire got back on track until late June or later -- by then the Halos were pretty much out of it......