Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim news, rumors and injuries
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 16:19:35 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tyler Skaggs (elbow), who missed all of last year after having Tommy John surgery, said he has already thrown five bullpen sessions and is up to 40 to 45 pitches. "I'm 17 months in (since surgery), and I'm going into it like any other spring training," Skaggs said, indicating he's more full-go than in rehab mode. "I know I still have to make the team, but I'm excited about this spring training."
Fantasy Tip: He's unlikely to win a rotation spot entering the season and he'll probably have an innings limit coming off reconstructive elbow surgery. But his command and ground-ball tendencies were impressive, so he could find fleeting deep mixed or AL-only value later in the year if he enters the rotation.
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:41:59 -0800
Fantasy Tip: If Guerra makes the team he could see an occasional save due to his past history as a closer, but more than likely he'll be a late-innings setup man who will only help those in the deepest of AL-only rotisserie formats looking for help in the ERA, WHIP and holds categories.
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:29:30 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Cs Geovany Soto and Carlos Perez will compete for the starting catching job. The Angels would like to see the younger Perez take the next step and win the job, but Soto will see valuable playing time regardless.
Fantasy Tip: Perez is younger and has more offensive upside, so he should be the front-runner for more playing time. Neither catcher is very attractive outside of two-catcher or AL-only formats, though.
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:43:30 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (foot) has been cleared to resume hitting off a tee, according to a team official. It was initially believed he would start doing full baseball activities in March, which would make it probable that he would start the regular season on the disabled list. The Angels are pleased with Pujols' progress, but the latest news doesn't change his overall timetable. 1B C.J. Cron will need to take on a greater role with or without Pujols this year.
Fantasy Tip: Pujols was able to reach 40 home runs last year while effectively managing his foot pain, but his average hurt his owners. With him expected to miss the start of the year and the fact that he could struggle upon his return, he's a middle-rounds target in fantasy drafts this year.
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:58:36 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Kole Calhoun avoided arbitration Wednesday, Jan. 27, by agreeing to a one-year, $3.4 million deal, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Calhoun had asked for $3.9 million when both sides exchanged proposed salaries Jan. 15.
Fantasy Tip: Calhoun's batting average has dropped each of the last two years, and he continues to sacrifice frequent contact for more power. He slugged a career-high 26 home runs and drove in 83 runs for the Halos last season. Calhoun is also a nice source of runs hitting at the top of the order, but his bad numbers against lefties leaves him vulnerable.
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 07:17:32 -0800
Fantasy Tip: The Halos have not been impressed with any of the proposals for Wilson, who went 8-8 with a 3.89 ERA over 21 starts in 2015 and has a contract which would make him difficult to move. The 35-year-old left-hander's season was cut short due to surgery to remove bone chips from his pitching elbow but he is expected to be ready for the start of spring training. Wilson could fall to the later rounds of drafts for AL-only and cavernous mixed leagues due to his recent injury history.
Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:04:38 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Considering the severity of the knee injury Richards suffered in 2014, his 2015 season shouldn't be viewed too negatively. He checks out as a solid mid-rotation option for your fantasy club and worth a look in the middle rounds of drafts. There is upside for him to return to being a fringe No. 1 starter in all virtual leagues, too.
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 09:44:33 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Cespedes is a high-end OF2 wherever he lands.
Sun, 17 Jan 2016 08:12:09 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Richards went 15-12 with a 3.65 ERA in 32 starts last year, with 176 strikeouts in 207 1/3 innings. He makes a solid SP3 in seasonal fantasy baseball leagues.
Sun, 17 Jan 2016 08:04:13 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Calhoun hit .256 with a career-high 26 home runs and 83 RBIs in 159 games last season. He should be selected in the early rounds of AL-only leagues and the middle rounds of mixed leagues.
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 15:13:21 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Upton is after a long-term deal, and the outfielder has proven to be an excellent fantasy commodity throughout his career. He still has a bright future ahead of him, and fantasy players should target him after the top-tier outfielders come off the board. Upton has posted 94 runs, 26 home runs and 82 RBI per season with a .271/.352/.474 slash line over the past five years.
Fri, 08 Jan 2016 14:58:14 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Santiago has strung together excellent stretches in each of the past three seasons. However, his year-end numbers leave him as nothing more than an end-of-the-rotation fantasy option. Over the past three years, Santiago has a 3.62 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and a 8.0 K/9. However, it is worth mentioning 2015 was the first year he was a full-time starter. Turn to him as a potential late-round selection with upside this spring.
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 17:03:40 -0800
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not in serious talks with free-agent OFs Yoenis Cespedes (Mets), Alex Gordon (Royals) or Justin Upton (Padres) or free-agent 1B/OF Chris Davis (Orioles), according to owner Arte Moreno. Additionally, Moreno said the club did not make an offer to OF Jason Heyward before he signed with the Chicago Cubs.
Fantasy Tip: The Angels will likely fill their gaping hole in left field alongside OFs Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun with an internal candidate or lower-profile free agent. OFs David Murphy and Shane Victorino shared time at the position at the end of the 2015 season but both players left via free agency. If the season began today, Daniel Nava and Craig Gentry would be the most likely in-house candidates to play left field but neither player would be useful outside of AL-only fantasy leagues.
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 15:38:23 -0800
Free-agent OF Daniel Nava (Rays) signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Wednesday, Dec. 16. Nava could form a platoon in left field with OF Craig Gentry next year. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fantasy Tip: Nava bounced around last year with the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays as a reserve outfielder, and he hit .194 (27-for-139) in limited action over 60 games. He's a career .281 hitter against right-handed pitching but has very limited power and won't play everyday. He's strictly an AL-only commodity for depth if he's platooning.
Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:05:08 -0800
Fantasy Tip: Freese has flashed some upside throughout his career, and he can string together nice runs. However, honing in at him at FantasyScore during a hot stretch is better than saddling your yearly team with him in the majority of formats. Stay tuned for updates on where Freese signs.
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