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  1. Springtime Storylines: Can the Rangers win the AL once again?

    Mar 21, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Ron Washington

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the two-time defending AL champion Texas Rangers. The Big Question: Can the Rangers win the AL again? Why not? It’s…

  2. Springtime Storylines: Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West?

    Mar 20, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's first baseman Pujols watches the field during their spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Los Angeles Angels of Pujols. The Big Question:  Did the Angels buy themselves the A.L. West this winter? The…

  3. C.J. Wilson probably violated the MLB Social media policy

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    This morning we saw that C.J. Wilson tweeted Mike Napoli‘s phone number for all of his followers to see.  Last week we learned about MLB’s new social media policy.  These two things go together. Paragraph 4 of the social media policy, under the heading “Prohibited Conduct,” lists the following as, well, prohibited conduct: 4. Displaying…

  4. Mike Napoli on C.J. Wilson tweeting his phone number: “I am not taking it as a prank”

    Mar 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Over the weekend when C.J. Wilson posted Mike Napoli‘s phone number to his 100,000-plus Twitter followers I just assumed it was a prank–albeit a pretty extreme one–but today Napoli made it very clear that he didn’t think it was funny. At all: I don’t even know why he did it. You don’t do that. I…

  5. Not cool: C.J. Wilson tweets Mike Napoli’s cell phone number

    Mar 19, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    Cell Phone

    C.J. Wilson and Mike Napoli are former teammates and now play for division rivals.  Mike Napoli recently taunted Wilson, saying that he can’t wait to hit home runs off Wilson.  So, naturally, Wilson gets him back in proportional style: by tweeting Napoli’s cell phone to his 100,000+ Twitter followers. Dave Brown of Big League Stew…

  6. Jerome Williams diagnosed with mild left hamstring strain

    Mar 3, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

    Jerome Williams Getty

    UPDATE: Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that Williams was diagnosed with a mild strain of his left hamstring. It’s not clear when he’ll resume throwing, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia told Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles.com earlier today that Williams will still have plenty of time to get ready for the season, as…

  7. David Price enjoyed his commercial shoot with Kate Upton

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:40 PM EST

    Screen Shot 2012-02-18 at 7.01.08 PM

    Earlier this week I linked to the new “MLB2K” commercial featuring Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover model Kate Upton teaching David Price, Justin Verlander, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce the finer points of this year’s video game. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times asked Price about the experience of shooting the commercial and particularly…

  8. Kate Upton helps Justin Verlander, David Price, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce sell video games

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    2011 Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game

    Here’s the commercial for this season’s “MLB 2K” video game, featuring new Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover girl Kate Upton teaching the finer points of joystick control to Justin Verlander, David Price, C.J. Wilson, and Jay Bruce:

  9. Running down the rosters: Los Angeles Angels

    Feb 8, 2012, 6:10 PM EST

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be projecting 25-man rosters for each of the 30 teams. I’m starting today with the Angels. The winter’s biggest spenders, the Angels are now again poised to threaten a Rangers team that appeared to be in pretty good position to set up its own little mini-dynasty in the…

  10. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  11. Rangers will formally introduce Yu Darvish on Friday night

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EST

    darvish japan getty

    Press conferences are typically held on weekday afternoons to ensure that fans and media members can easily take in whatever news is being discussed. But the Angels’ press conference introducing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson was held outdoors on a Saturday and the Rangers are now taking a unique approach with their big offseason acquisition.…

  12. Rangers sign Yu Darvish to six-year, $60 million deal, bringing total investment to $112 million

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    darvish getty japan team

    With the 30-day negotiating window set to expire this afternoon Yu Darvish and the Rangers have agreed to a six-year contract that will bring the Japanese phenom to Texas, with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reporting that the deal is worth $60 million with an additional $10 million in potential incentives. Last month the Rangers…

  13. Say what you want about him, but Scott Boras has got guts

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

    Scott Boras

    Jon Heyman writes about Edwin Jackson today, and the market his agent — Scott Boras — is trying to create for him.  This passage is great fun: Jackson is believed to be looking for a deal that pays him in the $15-to-17-million range annually. Agent Scott Boras has compared Jackson to C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, John Lackey, A.J. Burnett and Derek…

  14. Edwin Jackson wants a five-year, $60 million contract

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    Prince Fielder remains unsigned and another high-profile Scott Boras client, Edwin Jackson, is also still on the market. And if this report from ESPN New York is accurate we know why, as Wallace Matthews writes that Jackson is said to be seeking a five-year deal worth approximately $60 million. C.J. Wilson got $77.5 million for…

  15. Ex-manager Edwin Rodriguez says Marlins will “have a tough time” moving Hanley Ramirez to third base

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    hanley-ramirez-edwin-rodriguez

    Edwin Rodriguez, who was fired as Marlins manager in part because of his poor relationship with Hanley Ramirez, appeared on MLB Network Radio today and was asked about the team’s plan to move the career-long shortstop to third base following the Jose Reyes signing. Not surprisingly, Rodriguez thinks it may not go over particularly well…

  16. Daniel Bard can be the new Derek Lowe for Boston

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Daniel Bard

    And that’s meant in a good way. Derek Lowe saved 42 games for the Red Sox in 2000 and then struggled some the next year, losing his closer’s role in the process. The Red Sox opted to try him as a starter at the end of the season, and when he transitioned into that role…

  17. Angels will tender a contract to Kendrys Morales

    Dec 10, 2011, 7:03 PM EST

    morales getty

    There’s been some talk, in the wake of the Albert Pujols signing, that Anaheim might non-tender Kendrys Morales prior to Monday’s deadline. But Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia put that idea to rest on Saturday afternoon during a press conference introducing both Pujols and lefty C.J. Wilson. This according to MLB.com’s…

  18. Picture of the Day: Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in their new digs

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Albert Pujols C.J. Wilson Reuters

    The Angels just held a press conference/pep rally at Angel Stadium officially introducing their new first baseman Albert Pujols and left-hander C.J. Wilson. It goes without saying, but seeing Pujols in a different uniform is going to take some getting used to.

  19. Rangers and Ian Kinsler have discussed contract extension

    Dec 10, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler could become a free agent following the 2013 season, but he wants to stay with the Rangers for the long haul. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Kinsler said that his agent, Jay Franklin, has had preliminary talks with the club about an extension. “I want to stay here,” Kinsler…

  20. The Angels new TV deal more than pays for Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Angels logo

    As I noted yesterday, the Angels’ offers to Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson make sense given that they are/were in the process of negotiating a new television deal.  Well, Bill Shaikin has the details on it, and everything makes a ton of sense now. The Angels are making a mint. The deal is for $3…

  21. Pujols Pandemonium: Recapping a busy day at HardballTalk

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:55 PM EST

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We’ve published over 50 posts containing mentions of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols since the Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday night. Today, of course, it all came to a head. In case you missed any of the analysis from our team of writers, here’s a recap of the subjects we’ve broached over the…

  22. Year-by-year breakdown of C.J. Wilson’s $77.5 million deal

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    C.J. Wilson

    Here are the specifics of C.J. Wilson‘s five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels: Signing bonus: $2.5 million 2012: $10 million 2013: $11 million 2014: $16 million 2015: $18 million 2016: $20 million That’s pretty heavily backloaded, although certainly not as much as, say, Jose Reyes‘ deal with the Marlins. Bill Plunkett of the Orange…

  23. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  24. One year later: Re-examining last winter’s biggest contracts

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:17 PM EST

    crawford-and-epstein

    While everyone debates the wisdom of giving $254 million to Albert Pujols or $106 million to Jose Reyes or $77.5 million to C.J. Wilson, it seems like a good time to look back at the biggest contracts signed last offseason: Carl Crawford: $142 million for seven years Jayson Werth: $126 million for seven years Cliff…

  25. C.J. Wilson: “If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin”

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Albert Pujols reportedly turned down $275 million from the Marlins to take $254 million from the Angels and it turns out C.J. Wilson also opted against going to Miami for the most possible money. Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the left-hander “easily” could have topped $100 million because the Marlins…

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