January 30th, 2014
Pictured: A Different Bronson
Since very early in this interminable offseason, free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo and the Angels have more or less been attached at the hip. Early on, reports surfaced that the Angels had at least a passing interest in 36-year-old veteran. Chatter really never progressed past that phase, and now Mike DiGiovanna is suggesting the Angels might not even be that interested in Arroyo, fearing he is too expensive. If the Angels pass on Arroyo, per DiGiovanna, they may target a lesser free agent — like Jason Hammel or Chris Capuano — or just roll into the season with their current fleet of starting pitchers. Whether that is just typical Jerry Dipoto posturing remains to be seen, but if there is anything to be gleaned from the Angels’ maneuvers this offseason, they are intent to not overpay for iffy pitching.
If you believe Twitter ponderings, Arroyo is searching for a three-year deal, hoping for at least one more big pay day before he likely calls it a career. There is value to Arroyo, and he certainly would fill a glaring need for the Angels. Save one season of 199 innings, Arroyo has pitched at least 200 innings in every season since 2005. C.J. Wilson was the only member of the 2013 staff to throw at least 200 innings, and nobody else came close — Jerome Williams was second on the team in innings, and he threw only 169.1 innings of uninspired ball.
December 28th, 2013
Sadly, no shots of Mulder alongside (Vin) Scully seem to exist.
“The Angels are emerging as a frontrunner for Mark Mulder” would have been a thrilling thing for fans to hear at any point from 2000-2005. It would’ve been strange, given that he was still under contract during those years, but still thrilling. It’s decidedly less exciting news now, but until time travel becomes more manageable, now is what we’re stuck with, per Nick Cafardo.
Mulder, now 36, hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues since July 9, 2008, when soon-to-be Hall of Famer Greg Maddux was still active, Jay Bruce was the top prospect in the land, and cinematic masterpiece Hancock was the No. 1 movie in America. In other words, he’s been away from baseball for a very long time.
The third of the A’s “Big Three” was forced to step away from baseball after two rotator cuff surgeries left his arm in shambles. From the time he first landed on the DL with shoulder pain in June 2006 to his final start two years later, Mulder made just eight big-league appearances for the Cardinals, throwing all of 17⅓ innings. The Illinois native didn’t officially admit he was done with baseball until September 2010, but for all intents and purposes he’s been out of the game for half a decade.
July 29th, 2013
Say goodbye to your favorite Angels. By Wednesday, there’s a chance they could be gone, off to greener pastures of playoff contention. After another lousy week, the Angels are finally admitting to themselves what many of us have known for a while: 2013 is a lost cause.
Albert Pujols was finally placed on the DL after gamely dealing with various leg injuries the entire season; Mike Scioscia has said Pujols could miss the rest of the season. I wonder if the pain really became so unbearable for Pujols that he could no longer play, or if Arte Moreno mandated Pujols sit with the Angels now just playing for draft position. And really, other than gunning for his 500th career home run, there’s no point in Pujols playing hurt in a lost season, especially when doing such could diminish returns on the remaining eight (sigh) years of his contract.
And now the Angels are officially sellers, with reports surfacing today the Halos have traded Scott Downs, their best relief pitcher, to the Braves for right-handed pitcher Cory Rasmus.
January 10th, 2013
Vernon Wells has struggled mightily as a Halo.
Last Friday, we heard from MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki that the Phillies were still in search of outfield help, specifically targeting a veteran, corner outfielder. Presumably, Philadelphia would be interested in a free agent that they could give a non-guaranteed contract to, but according to Zolecki, the club remained interested in Angels’ outfielder Vernon Wells. Then a few days ago, we heard that the club was done making moves. It would seem that there’s only a marginal possibility of the Angels and Phillies lining up on a deal, but there’s 80 or so days until opening day, so let’s take a closer look.
November 28th, 2012
With the Ryan Madson signing, Jerry Dipoto is officially underway spending Arte Moreno’s money in this crucial offseason. As the Free Agent Fits series has shown, the Angels desperately need pitching. It doesn’t really matter what kind of pitching, just that they need it. High leverage relief pitcher? Yep. A starting pitcher (or three)? Unless they want to look up at Texas and Oakland again in 2013, this is a must. This? Can’t have worse results than Bobby Cassevah.