July 6, 2013 |
Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at three former Angels starters who have had surprisingly strong first halves this season. Bartolo Colon SP | Oakland A Cy Young Award winner with the Angels in 2005, Colon landed on Billy Beane's doorstep in Oakland last season as a journeyman with a history of shoulder woes. The right-hander quickly provided quality starts and veteran leadership to the Athletics' young and talented staff before being handed a 50-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.
May 23, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Ervin Santana will make his first-ever start against the Angels on Thursday night when the Kansas City Royals right-hander faces his ex-teammates in Kauffman Stadium. Santana spent the first eight years of his big league career in Anaheim, going 96-80 with a 4.27 earned-run average in 244 games, including a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians in 2011. But when it became clear the Angels had no interest in exercising Santana's $13-million option for 2013, he was traded to the Royals for reliever Brandon Sisk and $1 million in cash.
April 9, 2013 |
C.J. Wilson seems amused by reporters who try to analyze him, or, as he puts it, "get inside my head. " Approached after a loss to Cincinnati in his first start, the Angels left-hander quipped, "Here come the sports psychologists. " Of course, Wilson tends to invite questions about his mental approach because his results often don't seem to match up with his array of what the Angels consider to be better-than-average pitches - a 92-mph four-seam fastball, a lively two-seam fastball, a slider, cut-fastball, curve and changeup.
December 4, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - The Angels made an offer to a veteran starting pitcher that was essentially blown out of the water by the Washington Nationals on the second day of baseball's winter meetings. Lucky for the Angels, that pitcher was Dan Haren and not Zack Greinke. Washington agreed to terms Tuesday on a one-year, $13-million deal for Haren, a move that probably takes the well-heeled Nationals out of the running for Greinke, the jewel of this winter's free-agent class and a top target of the Angels.
November 7, 2012 |
The Angels won't face stiff competition for Zack Greinke from the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets and Chicago Cubs, big-market teams that traditionally drive up the bidding for marquee free agents but who aren't good fits for the right-hander this winter. But it will still take a Brink's-like haul to sign Greinke, who was 6-3 with a 3.53 earned-run average for the Angels after his July 27 trade from Milwaukee and who is crucial to the team's rotation rebuilding efforts.
November 2, 2012 |
After a trade with the Chicago Cubs fell through, the Angels declined Dan Haren's $15.5-million option and bought it out for $3.5 million Friday night, making the veteran right-hander a free agent. Haren, slowed by lower-back tightness in the first half of the season, finished with a 12-13 record and 4.33 earned-run average, but the Angels, mindful of his high mileage and decreased velocity, determined the 32-year-old right-hander was not worth $15.5 million. Acquired from Arizona at the July 31 trade deadline in 2010, Haren went more than seven seasons without missing a start before going on the disabled list for the first time in his career in early July.