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  • Jimmy Herget Competing For Closing Role

    Los Angeles Angels reliever Jimmy Herget has joined the conversation to become the teams closer to begin the season. With offseason acquisition Carlos Estevez struggling in spring training with a 15.43 ERA through six appearances, Herget is being strongly considered to start off the season as the closer. After the Halos dealt star closer Raisel Iglesias during last years trade deadline, they turned to their closing committee for the second half. 29-year-old Herget led the committee with nine saves, and the Angels were impressed by his performance in high-leverage situations. In high-pressure situations, he posted a 3.51 FIP with 10 strikeouts across 12 2/3 innings. While Herget is a strong candidate to be the teams closer, other names like Aaron Loup and Jose Quijada are in the mix as well.

    Mar 18 · Source via Angels Jimmy Herget closers
  • Arte Moreno Discusses Ohtani, Luxury Tax, Angels Stadium, Ownership

    In the wake of Arte Moreno’s decision to abandon plans to sell the Angels, the owner has been somewhat uncharacteristically willing to discuss team matters with the media.  Moreno has already spoken with the New York Post’s Jon Heyman in February and Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci over the last month, and today the Halos owner…

    Mar 18 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Shohei Ohtani Albert Pujols Anthony Rendon Mike Trout
  • Brandon Drury Expected To Be Fine

    Los Angeles Angels third baseman Brandon Drury (calf) was removed early during Friday's spring training contest. The right-handed slugger was pulled out of the game after fouling a ball off his calf. It sounds like his removal from the game was precautionary and Drury should be fine going forward. The expectation is that Drury will be back in the lineup for Saturday's game. Fantasy managers shouldn't have to worry here as it appears Drury is dealing with a very minor injury.

    Mar 17 · Source via Angels Brandon Drury
  • Angels, Evan Marshall Agree To Minor League Deal

    The Angels have agreed to a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Evan Marshall, tweets James Fegan of The Athletic. Marshall himself suggested on Twitter last night that he’d signed with the Halos. He’s represented by ISE Baseball. Marshall, 33 next month, missed the 2022 season recovering from 2021 Tommy John surgery. He enjoyed an…

    Mar 17 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Evan Marshall closers
  • Angels Release Jose Godoy

    The Angels have released catcher Jose Godoy, per the team. Godoy, 28, was signed to a minor league deal by the Angels earlier this offseason after being outrighted by the Pirates in October. To this point in his career, Godoy has struggled during his limited time in the majors, as he has slashed just .123/.194/.140…

    Mar 14 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Jose Godoy
  • Mike Trout Golfs Three-Run Homer Monday

    Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was ready to represent Team USA in Monday's 12-1 World Baseball Classic win over Team Canada, going 1-for-2 with a three-run home run and two walks. Trout lined a low first-inning fastball just over the center-field fence to put Team USA ahead 9-0. The 31-year-old traded average for power in 2022, slashing .283/.369/.630 with 40 HR and 80 RBI in 499 plate appearances. Trout still remains one of baseball's best hitters, but injuries have limited his overall fantasy value over the past several seasons. He clearly is one of fantasy baseball's best options on an at-bat-by-at-bat appearance, but questions on his total playing time have dropped his average draft position to 20th overall. Despite this, Trout is still a strong early draft option in a relatively shallow position.

    Mar 14 · Source via Angels Mike Trout
  • Kodai Senga, Brooks Raley Facing Injury Concerns

    8:02PM: Senga is day-to-day with tendinitis at the base of his index finger, the Mets announced. 5:41PM: Kodai Senga was supposed to make a Spring Training start for the Mets today, but Senga was scratched due to discomfort at the base of his right index finger.  Senga unfortunately isn’t the only Mets pitcher dealing with…

    Mar 11 · MLB Trade Rumors Mets Angels Red Sox Tigers Brooks Raley Kodai Senga closers
  • Shohei Ohtani To Pitch Game 1 For Team Japan

    Los Angeles Angels right-hander Shohei Ohtani will open the 2023 World Baseball Classic and start for Team Japan on Thursday in Tokyo against Team China. The two-way Japanese star had his best year on the mound in 2022, going 15-9 with a career-best 2.33 ERA (2.40 FIP), 1.01 WHIP and career-high 33.2 percent strikeout rate in 166 innings over 28 starts for the Halos. The 28-year-old can simply do it all on the diamond, and he'll enter what could be his last season with the Angels as RotoBaller's top-ranked fantasy starting pitcher.

    Mar 8 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Shohei Ohtani Hits Two Homers In Team Japan Exhibition

    Los Angeles Angels star designated hitter/starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani got the pre-World Baseball Classic festivities off to a strong start in Monday's exhibition game between Team Japan and the Hanshin Tigers. After striking out in his first at-bat, Ohtani proceeded to hit a pair of three-run home runs in his next two at-bats, including one from his knee. The two-way phenom has been one of MLB's brightest stars and carries just as much hype in international play. It will be exciting to see him play in the World Baseball Classic before returning to the Angels for the regular season.

    Mar 7 · Source via Angels Shohei Ohtani
  • Andrew Velazquez Starting In Center Field Monday

    Los Angeles Angels infielder Andrew Velazquez is starting in center field and batting ninth in the team's Cactus League contest on Monday against the Cleveland Guardians. Most of Velazquez's major-league experience has come on the infield, but the 28-year-old needs to become more versatile if he wants to stick on the major-league roster. In a career-high 125 games for the Halos last year, Velazquez hit .196/.236/.304 with a .540 OPS, nine home runs, 28 RBI, 37 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 349 plate appearances. He saw more playing time than expected due to injuries to David Fletcher and Anthony Rendon, so fantasy managers shouldn't bank on as many plate appearances in 2023. His offensive production was nothing to look at last year, either, but he could be useful for some stolen bases in AL-only leagues.

    Mar 6 · Source via Angels Andrew Velazquez
  • Angels Hire Kurt Suzuki For Special Assistant Role

    The Angels have hired longtime catcher Kurt Suzuki as a special assistant to GM Perry Minasian, the team announced.  Suzuki moves into this new phase of his baseball career just months after ending his on-field endeavors, as he retired after the 2022 campaign. Suzuki spent the last two of his 16 Major League seasons with…

    Mar 5 · MLB Trade Rumors Angels Kurt Suzuki
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