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  1. 2014 Preview: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Mar 25, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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    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 2014 season. Next up: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Big Question: After two years of disappointments, do the Angels have a shot? There…

  2. Rays give Jake Odorizzi the fifth spot in the rotation

    Mar 22, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Rays manager Joe Maddon has named Jake Odorizzi the team’s fifth starter, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports. As a result, Cesar Ramos will contribute out of the bullpen. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish also reports that Erik Bedard also opted out of his contract with the Rays, who hoped the left-hander…

  3. Juan Carlos Oviedo reports to Rays camp

    Mar 16, 2014, 9:02 AM EDT

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    Beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports that right-handed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo — formerly known as Leo Nunez — finally reported to Rays camp this weekend. Oviedo was held up by work visa issues in the Dominican Republic — his native country. “I’m happy to be here. I was waiting for it,…

  4. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  5. Ernesto Frieri and the Angels avoid arbitration with a one-year deal

    Jan 17, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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    The Angels and reliever Ernesto Frieri have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.8 million deal, reports Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Frieri, 28, was eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career and can become a free agent after the 2016 season. Frieri’s 3.80 ERA in 2013 was a career-high, but it is also…

  6. Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey “wouldn’t be surprised” if Fernando Rodney returns

    Jan 4, 2014, 11:34 PM EDT

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    The Rays addressed their need for a closer by acquiring Heath Bell in a three-team trade at the beginning of December. Fernando Rodney, who had been their closer for the past two seasons, became a free agent at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, but the right-hander has yet to sign with a new…

  7. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  8. Padres and Indians both in hot pursuit of Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Both the Padres and the Indians have offered two-year deals and at least $14 million in total to free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Passan’s source close to the Padres suggests the team’s deal could also include a third-year option. Should Benoit reach such an agreement with either club, he…

  9. Report: Rockies nearing a multi-year deal with Boone Logan

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies are close to signing left-handed reliever Boone Logan on a deal believed to be three years in length and around $15 million. The deal will not be finalized until Logan passes a physical. Logan, 29, is an eight-year veteran having spent time with the…

  10. With little payroll maneuverability, Angels may have to trade to bolster rotation

    Nov 24, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

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    The Angels signed reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million deal on Saturday, just a day after adding third baseman David Freese and reliever Fernando Salas in a trade for Peter Bourjos and prospect Randal Grichuk. As a result, the Angels have about $8 million left before hitting the $189 million luxury tax threshold,…

  11. Angels interested in Bronson Arroyo, Bartolo Colon

    Nov 24, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    The Angels acquired third baseman David Freese from the Cardinals last week and inked reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million free agent contract on Saturday. Now Anaheim is zeroing in on its biggest offseason need — starting pitching. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Halos have expressed interest in free…

  12. Report: Angels sign Joe Smith to three-year, $15.75 million deal

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

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    The setup market is all set up: Joe Smith and the Angels have come to terms on a three-year contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that it’s worth $15.75 million. Obviously, it’s a big price for a pretty anonymous guy, but Smith has a 2.97 ERA since entering the…

  13. Report: Angels interested in free agent reliever Joe Smith

    Nov 21, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

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    The Angels failed to retain left-hander Jason Vargas when he jumped at a four-year, $32 million contract from the Royals today, but Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the club continues to pursue free agent reliever Joe Smith as a possible bullpen upgrade. Smith quietly owns a 2.97…

  14. Indians not expected to re-sign Ubaldo Jimenez or Scott Kazmir

    Nov 9, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

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    The resurgent campaigns of Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir played a significant part in why the Indians won 92 games and made it to the American League Wild Card game, but the club will likely have some rotation holes to fill this winter. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that “little progress” has…

  15. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  16. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  17. Indians win, Rangers win, Rays lose as AL Wild Card intrigue grows

    Sep 28, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

    The Indians won their ninth consecutive game this afternoon against the Twins, moving into the first of two AL Wild Card slots. They have now won 19 of 24 games since September 3, doing anything and everything necessary to secure themselves the opportunity to advance from the Wild Card play-in game. Starter Scott Kazmir was…

  18. Terry Francona has removed Chris Perez from the closer’s role

    Sep 27, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Indians closer Chris Perez has allowed a total of six runs in his last two appearances and has a 7.52 ERA since the start of August. As a result, manager Terry Francona has removed him from the closer’s role, reports WTAM’s Nick Camino. On the season, Perez has a career-worst 4.33 ERA in 54 innings,…

  19. Indians closer Chris Perez is a mess right now

    Sep 27, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    I wrote yesterday afternoon about how the Indians were sticking with Chris Perez as closer despite his struggles over the past two months. And then last night I went to the Twins-Indians game at Target Field and watched as Cleveland manager Terry Francona brought Perez into a 6-1 game in the ninth inning to get…

  20. Indians, Rangers survive: wild card standings stay unchanged

    Sep 26, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Jurickson Profar

    After the Rays made a sweep in Yankee Stadium look as easy as can be, the Indians and Rangers injected some drama into the AL wild card race before eking out one-run victories. The Indians seemed to have things well in hand against the Twins after scoring three runs in fourth and taking a 6-1…

  21. Indians top Astros to maintain lead as the AL’s second Wild Card

    Sep 21, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cleveland Indians

    The Indians entered tonight’s action with a half-game lead over the Rangers for the second Wild Card in the American League. The two teams have been trending in opposite directions, with the Rangers having lost nine of their last ten contests, while the Indians have won seven of their last nine. The Tribe sent lefty…

  22. Scott Kazmir strikes out 12 in effort against the Mets

    Sep 6, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    As if the Mets hadn’t already worn enough egg on their face for having dealt Scott Kazmir to the Rays for Victor Zambrano at the July 2004 deadline, their former lefty took them behind the shed tonight as a member of the Indians. Kazmir struck out 12 Mets hitters over six shutout innings, allowing just…

  23. Matt Moore plays catch, reports feeling “great”

    Aug 18, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Rays left-hander Matt Moore has been on the disabled list for three weeks with inflammation in his throwing elbow and hasn’t recovered as quickly as hoped. But it’s not like he is completely idle. Moore made 55 throws from a distance of 75 feet on Sunday morning at Tropicana Field and later told Joe Smith…

  24. Alex Cobb faces hitters for first time since concussion

    Jul 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Alex Cobb hasn’t pitched in a game since taking an Eric Hosmer line drive off the side of his head back on June 15. But his return is probably nearing. According to beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, the right-hander threw live batting practice on Sunday afternoon at Tropicana Field without a…

  25. Evan Longoria back in Rays’ starting lineup Tuesday night after flareup of plantar fasciitis

    Jul 2, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

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    As first reported by beat writer Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Evan Longoria is back in the Rays’ starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Astros after sitting out all weekend following a flareup of the plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Longoria is batting cleanup and will serve as the Rays’ designated…

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