August 5, 2013 |
Veteran reliever Ryan Madson, who had so many setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery that he was unable to pitch this season, was released by the Angels on Monday. The Angels signed Madson to a one-year, $3.5-million contract with incentives that could have pushed the deal to $7 million, but the closest the 32-year-old right-hander got to returning was a one-inning stint for Class-A Inland Empire on May 13. Madson, who has been in Arizona rehabilitating his arm for the last three weeks, last pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2011, going 4-2 with a 2.37 earned-run average and 32 saves in 62 games.
November 10, 2012 |
Queen Elizabeth called 1992 her annus horribilis . Bill Clinton defeated President George H.W. Bush and ended the Reagan era. Pope John Paul II lifted the Edict of Inquisition against Galileo, and the Toronto Blue Jays became the first non-American team to win the World Series. In April, a Simi Valley jury found four LAPD officers not guilty in the beating of Rodney King and Los Angeles exploded. In August, Pat Buchanan rocked the Republican convention with his infamous "God's country" speech ("better in the original German," observed columnist Molly Ivins)
November 22, 2013 |
The Angels traded oft-injured Peter Bourjos to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday for third baseman and former World Series most valuable player David Freese, freeing up center field for Mike Trout and right field for Kole Calhoun and allowing Josh Hamilton to return to left field. The Angels also acquired reliever Fernando Salas, a 28-year-old right-hander who had 24 saves for St. Louis in 2011, and sent double-A outfielder Randal Grichuk, a first-round pick in 2009, to the Cardinals.
February 17, 2010
Staff writer Mike DiGiovanna takes a look at the Angels heading into spring training. Who's new DH Hideki Matsui, P Joel Pineiro, P Fernando Rodney, P Brian Stokes. Who's gone P John Lackey, 3B Chone Figgins, DH Vladimir Guerrero, P Darren Oliver, OF Gary Matthews Jr., P Kelvim Escobar. Biggest question Who will bat leadoff with Figgins gone? The Angels feel they have two capable candidates in Maicer Izturis and Erick Aybar, but Izturis can't match the durability and Aybar can't match the plate discipline of Figgins, who had a .395 on-base percentage, 114 runs, 101 walks and 42 stolen bases last season and was a fixture at the top of the Angels' lineup since 2005.
July 30, 2013 |
Alex Rodriguez and Albert Pujols. Two big names in baseball with two huge contracts. Mind-blowingly huge contracts. The New York Yankees and the Angels. Two teams stuck with two big-name players who haven't lived up to their mind-blowingly huge contracts. Not even close. But which team is stuck with the worse deal? Back in 2007, the Yankees re-signed A-Rod for 10 years and $275 million even though they were basically bidding against themselves. Still, they had secured a superstar who was still in his prime.
March 2, 2013 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The agent for Mike Trout knew for days that the Angels would “renew” the contract of the star outfielder Mike Trout because they were far apart in negotiations for a 2013 salary. But when Trout was assigned a salary of $510,000 on Saturday, a mere $20,000 above the major league minimum, after winning American League rookie of the year honors and finishing second in voting for most valuable player last season, Craig Landis was stunned. “During the process, on behalf of Mike, I asked only that the Angels compensate Mike fairly for his historic 2012 season, given his service time,” Landis, who represents Trout, said in an email.