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August 8, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels left-hander Jason Vargas, out since June 26 surgery to remove a blood clot in his armpit, made a rehabilitation start for triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday night, allowing four earned runs and four hits, including three home runs, striking out two and walking three against Round Rock. Vargas threw 72 pitches, 42 for strikes, which is probably enough for him to make his next start with the Angels. But the team will evaluate him Friday before determining when he returns. Center fielder Peter Bourjos, sidelined since June 30 because of a broken bone in his right wrist, also began a rehab stint with Salt Lake on Thursday, going one for five with a run-scoring single and a nice running catch in deep left-center field.
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November 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
What do you call it when you make a trade that does not accomplish your primary off-season objective? A good start, or so Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto hopes. But the trade announced Friday -- third baseman David Freese and right-handed reliever Fernando Salas from the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Peter Bourjos and outfield prospect Randal Grichuk -- could hurt the Angels as they pursue young, cheap starting pitching. The Angels have a limited budget this winter, with owner Arte Moreno wanting the payroll low enough that he would not have to pay a luxury tax. The need for starting pitching got more acute Thursday, when Jason Vargas spurned a three-year offer from the Angels for a four-year contract from the Kansas City Royals.
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November 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels, as expected, did not extend a one-year, $14.1-million qualifying offer to pitcher Jason Vargas by Monday's deadline, so they will not receive draft-pick compensation if the free-agent left-hander signs elsewhere. Monday's decision does not preclude the Angels from pursuing a multi-year deal with Vargas, who had a 9-8 record and 4.02 earned-run average in 24 starts during an injury-plagued 2013 season, and there appears to be interest in such a deal on both sides. But beginning Tuesday, Vargas can negotiate with all 30 teams.
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November 21, 2013 | Staff and Wire reports
Alex Rodriguez's grievance hearing to overturn his 211-game suspension ended Thursday after 12 days of sessions, a day after the New York Yankees third baseman angrily walked out and decided not to testify in his own defense. Rodriguez's lawyers returned to Major League Baseball's office for what turned out to be the final day of the proceeding in front of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz. By the end of the day, both sides had rested their cases, a person familiar with the proceeding told the Associated Press.
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July 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CHICAGO - Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, who represent two-thirds of the Angels rotation, both took significant steps in their return from injury this week. Hanson, on the disabled list since June 26 because of a forearm strain, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session in Wrigley Field on Wednesday that left pitching coach Mike Butcher very encouraged about the right-hander. “There was no hesitation of turning anything loose,” Butcher said. “The ball came out nicely. He threw some good sliders, changeups and breaking balls.
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June 21, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list Friday and said the pitcher will undergo further tests next week for what has been diagnosed as a blood clot under his left arm. "You always want to keep pitching. But at the same time I'd rather not have a blood clot," said Vargas, who has won six of his last seven decisions. "If I was pitching and it came loose then it could really cause some issues. So I'm definitely glad the staff recognized it and we got it taken care of and looked at. And we're going through the right channels.
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August 9, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
CLEVELAND - The Angels are out of playoff contention, but the final month and a half of the season will be important for left-hander Jason Vargas, who is expected to return to the rotation next week after sitting out seven weeks because of a blood clot in his armpit, which was surgically removed June 26. Vargas, who gave up four hits, including three homers, in 4 2/3 innings for triple-A Salt Lake Thursday, will be a free agent this winter, and...
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October 31, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have only one free agent, pitcher Jason Vargas, and they have until 2 p.m. Monday to decide whether to extend a one-year, $14.1-million qualifying offer to the left-hander who went 9-8 with a 4.02 earned-run average in 24 starts during an injury-plagued 2013 season. The Angels are not expected to make that offer because it would push them up against the $189-million luxury tax threshold for 2014, but that wouldn't preclude them from pursuing a multiyear deal with Vargas, who has expressed a desire to remain in Anaheim.
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November 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Free-agent left-hander Jason Vargas, whom the Angels hoped to retain this winter, has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Royals on a four-year, $32-million contract. The average annual value of Vargas' deal ($8 million) is actually pretty reasonable for a pitcher of his stature and experience and less than the $8.5 million Vargas made last season with the Angels. The Angels, according to a person familiar with the negotiations, offered Vargas a three-year deal for about $24 million, but they were not willing to go to four years.
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June 21, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
The Angels placed left-hander Jason Vargas on the disabled list Friday and said the pitcher will undergo further tests next week for what has been diagnosed as a blood clot under his left arm. "You always want to keep pitching. But at the same time I'd rather not have a blood clot," said Vargas, who has won six of his last seven decisions. "If I was pitching and it came loose, then it could really cause some issues. So I'm definitely glad the staff recognized it and we got it taken care of and looked at. " Vargas is scheduled to be examined by a doctor at UCLA on Monday.
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November 21, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Free-agent left-hander Jason Vargas, whom the Angels hoped to retain this winter, has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Royals on a four-year, $32-million contract. The average annual value of Vargas' deal ($8 million) is actually pretty reasonable for a pitcher of his stature and experience and less than the $8.5 million Vargas made last season with the Angels. The Angels, according to a person familiar with the negotiations, offered Vargas a three-year deal for about $24 million, but they were not willing to go to four years.
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November 21, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Michael Weiner, who spent his adult life representing Major League Baseball players and rose to become their leader during an era of unprecedented prosperity and labor peace, died Thursday. He was 51. Weiner was diagnosed last summer with inoperable brain cancer. The union said Weiner died at his New Jersey home, surrounded by his wife and three daughters. His casual manner and dress belied his stature as one of the most brilliant lawyers to work in sports, and his popularity extended beyond the union to the commissioner's office, and to the very executives against whom he negotiated.
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November 18, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo, who went 14-12 with a 3.79 earned-run average for the Cincinnati Reds last season, told MLB Network Radio on Monday that both the Dodgers and Angels are among four teams known to have expressed interest in him this winter. Arroyo turns 37 in February but is looking for a three-year deal, which might be warranted considering his health and track record. The right-hander has made 32 or more starts in each of the last nine seasons, and he struck out 124 and walked only 34 in 202 innings in 2013.
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November 4, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott is sticking around for at least five more years. The Pac-12's university presidents and chancellors extended Scott's contract Monday through the 2017-18 academic year. As part of the extension, Scott also was named the executive chairman of Pac-12 Enterprises. Since taking over on July 1, 2009, Scott has overseen the conference's expansion to include Utah and Colorado and created a league title game in football. He also negotiated a landmark 12-year television contract - which began last fall - with Fox and ESPN worth about $3 billion and helped form the Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12 Digital Network.
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November 4, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels, as expected, did not extend a one-year, $14.1-million qualifying offer to pitcher Jason Vargas by Monday's deadline, so they will not receive draft-pick compensation if the free-agent left-hander signs elsewhere. Monday's decision does not preclude the Angels from pursuing a multi-year deal with Vargas, who had a 9-8 record and 4.02 earned-run average in 24 starts during an injury-plagued 2013 season, and there appears to be interest in such a deal on both sides. But beginning Tuesday, Vargas can negotiate with all 30 teams.
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October 31, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna
A dozen Dodgers became free agents Thursday, including second baseman Mark Ellis, whose $5.75-million option for 2014 was declined by the team. Ellis, 36, was a finalist for the Gold Glove but became expendable when the Dodgers signed Cuban import Alexander Guerrero this month to a four-year, $28-million contract. Ellis could still return to the Dodgers if he is willing to accept a reduced role, as the Dodgers would like to re-sign him in case Guerrero isn't ready to play in the major leagues on opening day. Guerrero, 26, will be playing in the United States for the first time.
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August 8, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Angels left-hander Jason Vargas, out since a June 26 surgery to remove a blood clot in his armpit, made a rehabilitation start for triple-A Salt Lake Thursday night, give up four earned runs and four hits, including three home runs, striking out two and walking three against Round Rock. Vargas threw 72 pitches, 42 for strikes, probably enough for him to make his next start with the Angels. But the team will evaluate him Friday before deciding when he returns. Center fielder Peter Bourjos, sidelined since June 30 because of a broken bone in his right wrist, also began a rehab stint with Salt Lake Thursday, going one for five with a run-scoring single and a nice running catch.
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June 25, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
DETROIT - Jason Vargas will undergo surgery Wednesday to remove a blood clot from his left armpit area, a procedure that is expected to sideline the Angels left-hander for three weeks to a month. Vargas, who was put on the disabled list Friday with a 6-4 record and 3.65 earned-run average in 14 starts, will not throw for at least two weeks. Once he resumes throwing, he should have enough arm strength to return after a few bullpen sessions and a minor league start or two. "We're all relieved this was caught, not for a guy coming back to pitch but for a guy needing a procedure for a condition that could be very serious," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
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October 31, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have only one free agent, pitcher Jason Vargas, and they have until 2 p.m. Monday to decide whether to extend a one-year, $14.1-million qualifying offer to the left-hander who went 9-8 with a 4.02 earned-run average in 24 starts during an injury-plagued 2013 season. The Angels are not expected to make that offer because it would push them up against the $189-million luxury tax threshold for 2014, but that wouldn't preclude them from pursuing a multiyear deal with Vargas, who has expressed a desire to remain in Anaheim.
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September 28, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
ARLINGTON, Texas - The Angels looked a little groggy Saturday morning, committing five errors, one shy of their franchise record for a game, in the first five innings of a 7-4 loss to Texas that kept the Rangers' playoff hopes alive. But Manager Mike Scioscia wasn't buying the suggestion that an early start - the game was moved from 7 p.m. CDT to 11 a.m. because of the threat of heavy rains, which drenched the Ballpark in Arlington field in the bottom of the ninth inning - was a factor in the sloppy play.
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