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Angels discussed trading Josh Hamilton back to the Rangers, but talks didn't gain traction.

Shocking that the Rangers don't want a banged up, declining Hamilton whose ability to play the field is dwindling with each passing day. Good try, Angels.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

17 Dec, 09:58 AMSource

The Angels have traded RHP Kevin Jepsen to the Rays for OF Matt Joyce.

Bullpen depth for outfield depth; it's a deal that works for both clubs. The right-handed Jepsen posted a 2.63 ERA with an impressive 10.38 K/9 over 65 innings for the Halos last year while Joyce, a left-handed bat who struggled last season, is usually a 15-20 home run guy who fits best in a platoon. Neither guy has fantasy owners gushing, but each can provide some assistance from the waiver wire as a plug-and-play at some point.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

16 Dec, 02:25 PMSource

The Angels selected 2B Chris Curley from the Chicago White Sox in the Rule-5 draft on Thursday.

Curley has spent six seasons in the minor leagues and owns a career .283 average in that time. He's always had solid power, but had a down year in that department last season. The Angels will need to keep Curley on their active roster all season or they will have to return him to the White Sox for a small fee. Given the makeup of the Angels' roster, it doesn't seem likely that Curley will stay on their active roster for the entire year.
Analyst: David Kerr  View Profile

11 Dec, 09:41 PMSource

Angels' manager Mike Scioscia said he doesn't expect Garrett Richards back by opening day, but does within the first month or 6 weeks.

Even with a guess of mid-to-late May, it's difficult to trust the timetable for Richards' recovery. That's still a ways off and they haven't even put together a preliminary plan as far as when he could even potentially begin to throw. As great as Richards was last year, he seems to be enough of a risk that even stashing him might not be such a great idea. Don't go investing based on 2014 because with what happened to his knee, he's just not the same guy.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

Richards was the Angels best starter last season before the unfortunate injury. Although the Angels would love to have him back for opening day, it doesn't look like it's going to happen. Expect them to be patient with Richards as his potential appears to be high.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

10 Dec, 04:30 PMSource

Manager Mike Scioscia is looking at the possibility of Mike Trout batting third next year.

A move like this would make sense considering that Trout produces better numbers in the leadoff/two hole than basically ever three hitter in the league. Having him bat third would put him in more RBI opportunities which would help the entire Angles offense.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

10 Dec, 03:40 PMSource

Angels sign LHP Scott Snodgress to a minor league deal that also includes an invite to spring training.

The White Sox non-tendered Snodgress last week and it was not shocking that he found a home so quickly. The 25-year-old will compete for a bullpen spot for the Angels at Spring Training.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

At 24, Snodgress is still young enough to fine tune his craft on the mound, and at 6-foot-6, the lefthander still has some obvious potential. The problem here is that in his four year career in the minors, Snodgress is sporting an ERA close to 5.00.
Analyst: Dom Murtha  View Profile

10 Dec, 01:29 PMSource

Update: Dodgers have traded Drew Butera to the Angels for a player to be named or cash.

In the fantasy world, this means absolutely nothing. Butera has no stick and won't see enough time behind the plat to even be remotely enticing to draft/use.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

9 Dec, 03:18 PMSource

While Jerry Narron will be hitting coach for the Angels' Triple-A affiliate at Salt Lake, the team is also hopeful Narron will be a positive influence on outfielder Josh Hamilton, especially during spring training.

There is no doubt that Josh Hamilton has demons and has battled them throughout his Major League Baseball career. The more positive influences around him the better and Narron might be right what Hamilton needed in the organization.
Analyst: Drew Phelps  View Profile

9 Dec, 12:03 PMSource

Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto is denying the rumors that he is shopping veteran left-hander C.J. Wilson.

These rumors are just coming from out of nowhere, so while DiPoto is denying the conversations ever took place, chances are, they actually happened. Tis the season, Jerry! Just enjoy it. It's just talk right now.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

9 Dec, 08:45 AMSource

Update: Angels general manager Jerry DiPoto is denying the rumors that he is shopping P C.J. Wilson.

These rumors surfaced just a few days ago and the general manager is already denying the trade possibilities of Wilson. The Angels seem content of keeping the erratic southpaw as a stalwart in their pitching rotation. Wilson will hope to improve upon his 2014 that saw him go 13-10 with a 4.51 ERA.
Analyst: Colby Conway  View Profile

8 Dec, 10:27 PMSource

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