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Extension Talk: Street’s Ahead

November 17th, 2014
"If you have to ask, you're streets behind."

“If you have to ask, you’re streets behind.”

 

The Angels will discuss a potential contract extension with closer Huston Street when Spring Training rolls around, according to Alden Gonzalez, much like they did with Mike Trout last season and with Erick Aybar two seasons before that. We’ll have plenty of time to discuss whether the Angels should extend Street or not, so for now let’s focus on what an extension might mean for the club financially.

The first thing for us to do is look at all the other multi-year contract extensions handed out recently to relievers over 30. Using the Extension Tracker over at MLBTR, as well as my memory for the few the tracker missed, I found 23 extensions since 2008 that fit our parameters. I highly doubt the list is exhaustive, but it is at least a representative sample: the contracts vary from the 2/$5.45 million pact between Jared Burton and the Twins in 2013, to the 4/$47 million deal between Joe Nathan and the Twins in 2008.

The average annual value (AAV) for all the extensions is $5.38 million, though that number is skewed some by service-time considerations. Just over half of the deals on the list were given to players still under team control for one or two more seasons, meaning arbitration is dragging down our mean a bit. If we measure only the 11 relievers extended after they became eligible for free agency, our AAV gets bumped up to $7 million. Conveniently, that is the exact salary Street received in his multi-year extension with the Padres. Not so conveniently, Street will probably ask for a raise from the Angels.

What Stanton’s Deal Says About Trout’s

November 15th, 2014
"He's getting how much?"

“He’s getting how much?”

 

Giancarlo Stanton is reportedly on the verge of signing a record-shattering contract extension with the Miami Marlins for upwards of $300 million. (UPDATE: It’s a done deal. 13 years, $325 million. ) Along with a general sense of awe and a sardonic curiosity about what kind of loophole Jeffrey Loria will write into the contract language, the response to the deal has also included the sentiment that Mike Trout and his agent, Craig Landis, got hosed by pulling in “only” six years and $144 million last March.

 

 

I realize that many of these responses are of the tounge-in-cheek variety, but I still feel like the underlying belief needs to be addressed. The last thing we want is for the narrative surrounding Trout’s extension to be re-written to insinuate that the Angels somehow gamed him and his agent. Even if you’re one of those who already believes the contract is “a hilarious steal” for the Halos because of marginal-win fairy dust, there’s no need to ignore what actually happened.

 

Trout Didn’t Want A Longer Contract

Usually when an owner says the team “met in the middle” with a player on a contract, it means that the player wanted more but eventually settled. That wasn’t the case with Trout.

Towey, Stamets Shine In Arizona Fall League

November 14th, 2014
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Eric “Mitts McGee” Stamets

The Arizona Fall League has come and gone already, meaning the Japan Series is now the only thing standing between us and the complete absence of baseball until March. To keep the (off)seasonal melancholy at bay for at least a few hours more, let’s take a quick look back at how the Angels prospects fared in AFL action.

The Halos had eight players suit up this year, and I’ve (sort of) ranked their performances here from best to worst. Whether you decide their numbers are really indicative of anything or not is up to you. Just keep in mind that in 2011, Mike Trout, on the cusp of setting the world afire, batted .245/.279/.321 in 106 AFL at-bats.

 

1. Cal Towey – 3B/OF

.279/.375/.426 with 2 HR, 4 2B, 9 BB in 68 AB

Towey performed incredibly well in his first real taste of pro ball against players his age, putting up a slash line nearly identical to his High-A numbers (.279/.364/.417) this past season. If the corner utility man can maintain that consistency at the plate in his first taste of Double-A next season, he could be in Anaheim by the end of the year. Lord knows the Angels can always use another lefty bat with some pop, especially one who can play third base.

From Jeff Moore of Baseball Prospectus: “If [Towey] can show that his left-handed pop will translate against better pitching and in a more neutral hitting environment, he could end up being a useful piece.”

 

2. Eric Stamets – SS

.279/.302/.377 with 1 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B, 1 BB in 61 AB

Widely regarded as a defense-first guy, Stamets surprised by holding his own at the plate against some of the minors’ top pitching talent. The low OBP is not great, but, with his glove, you’ve gotta think the Angels would be elated if he could put up that kind of offensive production at the MLB level.

Stamets OPS-ed only .601 in his first foray at Double-A, so a repeat appearance in Arkansas seems likely, but it’s fun to ponder if a promotion to Salt Lake City might be better for his confidence in the batter’s box. PCL-inflated or not, solid offensive numbers probably do wonders for a player’s self-esteem.

Mike Trout Wins 2014 MVP Award

November 13th, 2014
2014's Most Valuable Piscine

2014′s Most Valuable Pisces

 

At long last, Mike Trout is the American League Most Valuable Player. And it wasn’t even close this time. Trout took home all 30 first-place votes, making him the youngest unanimous MVP in baseball history. Victor Martinez finished in a distant second, followed by Michael Brantley, Jose Abreu, and Jose Bautista.

I suppose we could complain that it took the BBWAA three tries to get it right, that Trout should be taking home his third consecutive trophy today, but that’d just spoil the moment. Plus, three years is an incredible turnaround by the BBWAA’s standards. Have you seen the Hall of Fame voting?

Anyway, there’s really not much we can write about Mike Trout that hasn’t already been written. At just 23, with just three full seasons in the league, his hagiography is already several volumes long. So rather than make a feeble attempt at describing what others have already penned more eloquently, I’m going to go the easy route and put some of his feats in bullet-point form.

If you’re into bad puns, you might call it Trout click-bait.

The Angels’ Rule 5 Draft Eligibles

November 13th, 2014

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Following the MVP announcement later this afternoon, the next notable date on the offseason calendar will be a week away. That date, November 20, is the deadline for teams to add eligible minor leaguers to the 40-man roster in order to protect them from the Rule 5 Draft, which takes place on the final day of December’s Winter Meetings.

The Rule 5 Draft, so-named because the first-year player draft is technically the Rule 4 Draft, is an annual event designed to prevent teams from hoarding minor-league talent indefinitely. Eligibility for the draft hinges on two things:

1) How long the player in question has been in the minor leagues

AND

2) Whether said player has been afforded one of his team’s protected roster spots

To the first point: If a player was 18 or younger on the June 5 preceding his signing of a professional contract, he is not eligible for the Rule 5 Draft until after his fifth professional season. This year, that’d be young 2010 draftees like Kaleb Cowart. If a player was 19 or older on the June 5 preceding his signing, he’s not eligible until after his fourth year. That’s older 2011 guys like Jett Bandy.

If an organization wants to shield an eligible player from being snatched up in the Rule 5 proceedings, it must add him to either the MLB 40-man roster or the Triple-A (38-man) and Double-A (37-man) reserve rosters. Which roster an organization chooses depends on: a) whether the team deems the player worthy of protection; and b) the likelihood of the player being selected in a certain tier of the draft.

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