MLB Rumors: Los Angeles Angels

Improving a rotation that ranked 24th in the majors with a 4.20 ERA was an offseason priority for the Angels. GM Jerry Dipoto had a busy winter, and now has three candidates competing for the final two spots behind Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards. The Halos had hoped that Mark Mulder would be in the mix, but a torn Achilles tendon ended his comeback attempt.

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Size matters for Sandoval, Hamilton 

January, 15, 2014
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When players report to their respective training facilities each spring after several months left to their own devices, there are always a few who raise some eyebrows when walking through the door due to drastic changes in their weight.

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Can Angels stand pat at pitcher? 

January, 15, 2014
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Maybe there's a good reason why the Los Angeles Angels have been fairly laid-back in their attitude towards the current free agent starting pitcher market. Perhaps the status quo suits management just fine.

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Are Angels out of Tanaka bidding? 

January, 14, 2014
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On Sunday, the reports from Japan were that the "finalists" in the race to get Masahiro Tanaka's signature on a contract had been narrowed down to the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. Well, it seems that list might have decreased by one.

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Tanaka's top three? 

January, 12, 2014
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The Masahiro Tanaka tour of the United States has come to an end, as the free agent pitcher has reportedly returned home to Japan to mull over his options before the January 24 deadline for him to agree to a deal.

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Mark Mulder, who has not pitched in the major leagues since 2008 due to issues with his shoulder, is attempting a comeback at the age of 36.

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Monday Roundup: Rollins on market? 

December, 16, 2013
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Just because a team wants to make a big move, that doesn't always mean that the move they have in mind is going to come to pass. For the Philadelphia Phillies, who have nine players on their roster right now making $7 million or more for 2014, getting rid of some of those high-priced players to free up some salary is easier said than done.

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Should Angels stop spending? 

December, 16, 2013
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The Los Angeles Angels have been very busy this offseason, most notably being involved in a three-way trade that sent Mark Trumbo away while bringing in a pair of pitchers to help fill out their starting rotation. However, they may not be done yet.

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Angels targeting Matt Garza 

December, 10, 2013
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ESPN Insider Jim Bowden has learned that adding a top starting pitcher remains a top priority for the Los Angeles Angels, and free agent right-hander Matt Garza is their primary target.

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Trumbo to D-backs in 3-way deal? 

December, 10, 2013
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The buzz at the winter meetings Monday had the Los Angeles Angels willing to make Mark Trumbo available. Now comes word from our Keith Law that the first baseman could be part of a three-way trade involving the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox.

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Angels willing to shop Trumbo? 

December, 9, 2013
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The Los Angeles Angels already traded away an outfielder this offseason in Peter Bourjos, but that deal with the Cardinals did not bring back the starting pitcher they are seeking. Maybe the Halos will look to deal another position player to bolster a rotation that needs some reinforcements beyond Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Garrett Richards.

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Angels in need of some SP help 

December, 8, 2013
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According to ESPN.com's Buster Olney, the team with the biggest hole to fill for 2014 is the Los Angeles Angels, who he says needs to acquire a few starting pitchers to help fill out a rotation that currently consists of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, and Garrett Richards.

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Could posting deal keep Tanaka in Japan? 

December, 5, 2013
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While Major League Baseball and Japan's Nippon Professional League are reported to be close to an agreement on the free agent posting fee process, that might not be good news for teams interested in signing pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

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Wednesday Roundup: Grandy plans 

December, 4, 2013
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Talks between the New York Mets and Curtis Granderson have been ongoing since the free agent met with general manager Sandy Alderson over the weekend. One of the potential hurdles to an agreement for Granderson, thus far, appears to be the outfielder's desire for a four-year deal, rather than the three years that most teams seem to be willing to offer.

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The arrival of Masahiro Tanaka may finally be in the homestretch. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that MLB officials and their counterparts in Japan have narrowed their list of potential new rules for the posting of free agents to three final options. As a result, an agreement should not be too far off.

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