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NEWS
December 3, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
NASHVILLE - The Angels have expressed "serious" interest in veteran reliever Sean Burnett, according to a person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly about them, but their competition for the veteran left-hander will be stiff. At least eight teams, including Washington, St. Louis and Milwaukee, are reportedly interested in Burnett, who went 1-2 with a 2.38 earned run average in 56 2/3 innings in 70 games for the Nationals last season. Burnett, who has pitched four years in Washington, struck out 57, walked 12 and allowed only four home runs and was a key late-inning reliever for the National League East-winning Nationals.
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SPORTS
December 2, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
— These should be relatively quiet winter meetings for the Angels compared with last year, when they stunned baseball with their one-day, $317.5-million splurge on free agents Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. "That was a splash for all time," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "I wouldn't think that to be a common event. " That doesn't mean the Angels aren't thinking big. They still hope to retain free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, though there has been heavy speculation that Greinke's price tag, which could exceed six years and $150 million, already has soared out of their range.
SPORTS
November 30, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels added some much-needed rotation depth Friday, acquiring right-hander Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Jordan Walden, a trade General Manager Jerry Dipoto believes will "help both teams. " How much it helps the Angels will hinge on how well Hanson, 26, rebounds from a subpar 2012 in which his earned-run average (4.48) went up and the average velocity of his fastball (89.7 mph) went down for a third straight season. "I was more worried about staying healthy and felt a little tired down the stretch after the All-Star break," said Hanson, who was slowed by a rotator-cuff tear and a back injury in 2011.
SPORTS
November 30, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels have acquired starting pitcher Tommy Hanson from the Atlanta Braves for reliever Jordan Walden, according to a person familiar with the trade but unauthorized to speak publicly about it. Hanson, a 26-year-old right-hander from Redlands East Valley High School, had a 45-32 career record and 3.61 earned-run average in four seasons with the Braves and went 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA, 161 strikeouts and 71 walks in 174 2/3 innings in 2012....
SPORTS
November 28, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
General Manager Jerry Dipoto believes he landed the "anchorman" for the Angels' bullpen in Ryan Madson, who on Wednesday finalized a one-year, $3.5-million deal with the club that includes an additional $3.5 million in incentives. To have the kind of impact the Angels envision, Madson must bounce back from elbow ligament-replacement surgery that sidelined him for 2012. That's a tall task even for a 6-foot-6 right-hander with a 94-mph fastball and devastating changeup, but one he's convinced he can accomplish.
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Ryan Madson passed his physical, and the veteran reliever's one-year, $3.5-million deal with the Angels became official Wednesday. Madson, who missed the entire 2012 season with the Cincinnati Reds after undergoing major elbow surgery, can make an additional $2.5 million based on the number of days he spends on the active roster and an additional $1 million in games-finished incentives. Eight months removed from ligament-replacement surgery, there is a good chance that Madson, a 6-foot-6 right-hander from Moreno Valley, will start the 2013 season on the disabled list.
SPORTS
September 27, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Mike Scioscia fell in love with Garrett Richards' power arm in August, moving the rookie to the bullpen believing he could provide the kind of boost starter-turned-reliever Kelvim Escobar gave the Angels during their 2005 run to the American League championship series. That love, at times, has gone unrequited. In a span of four batters during the decisive seventh inning Thursday, Richards walked Trayvon Robinson with the bases loaded, gave up a run-scoring single to Kyle Seager, a sacrifice fly to Jesus Montero and an RBI double to John Jaso.
SPORTS
September 19, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
The Angels invested $317.5 million in first baseman Albert Pujols and pitcher C.J. Wilson last December, fully expecting the free agents to push them deep into October, but all the pricey pair did Wednesday night was push the Angels closer to playoff elimination. Wilson, in the biggest start of his Angels career to date, came up Lilliputian small, failing to make it out of the third inning against the Texas Rangers and burying the Angels in a three-run hole out of which they couldn't climb.
SPORTS
August 18, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Veteran left-hander Scott Downs was activated off the disabled list for Saturday night's game against the Rays, and right-hander Jordan Walden will be activated Sunday, bringing much-needed reinforcements to a bullpen that entered Saturday with a 6.07 earned-run average in 34 games since the All-Star break. But the return of the two relievers could spell the end for 39-year-old right-hander Jason Isringhausen, who has allowed seven earned runs and 11 hits, including three homers, in 51/3 innings of his last seven appearances and is in danger of being designated for assignment or released.
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