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  1. Yankees close to acquiring Vernon Wells from Angels

    Mar 24, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

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    The Yankees’ front office sure is getting desperate. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, there are serious trade talks taking place between the Angels and Yankees concerning outfielder Vernon Wells. Passan says the deal could be completed by the end of the day Sunday if Wells signs off on it. Wells has a full no-trade…

  2. Vernon Wells is tattooing the ball but it shouldn’t make a difference

    Mar 14, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells

    I saw the headline “Vernon Wells trying to hit his way into the Angels’ outfield,” and my first thought was that this was some sort of Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan situation. WATCH OUT, MIKE TROUT! But really: Wells is totally raking this spring: .389/.455/.889 with three homers.  granted (a) he’s playing later in games and is…

  3. Vernon Wells plans to retire after his contract is up

    Feb 25, 2013, 3:51 PM EDT

    wells getty

    Vernon Wells said today that he plans to retire once his current contract is over, which is funny because he’s signed through 2014 and owed another $42 million from the Angels. If not for the contract Wells would have been released a long time ago and may have had trouble simply remaining in the big…

  4. Angels owner Arte Moreno not willing to eat a substantial chunk of Vernon Wells’ contract

    Jan 23, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    vernon wells angels getty

    Angels outfielder Vernon Wells has drawn interest this winter from teams like the Phillies and Yankees. But it doesn’t sound like he is headed anywhere. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Angels owner Arte Moreno isn’t willing “to pay a substantial part” of the $42 million in salary that Wells is owed over the final…

  5. Brian Cashman says Yankees “are talking to Raul Ibanez”

    Dec 19, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    General manager Brian Cashman said yesterday that the Yankees “are taking to Raul Ibanez” about returning to New York. Ibanez came up huge in the postseason, but had a modest regular season performance at age 40, hitting .240 with 19 homers and a .761 OPS in a platoon role that shielded him from tough left-handed…

  6. Phillies have Vernon Wells “on their shopping list”

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

    wells getty

    The Yankees aren’t the only team thinking about providing Vernon Wells another change of scenery. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Phillies have Wells “on their shopping list” this winter and could pounce if a trade winds up making sense. The Phillies are also known to have interest in free agent outfielder Cody Ross,…

  7. Angels finalize five-year, $125 million contract with Josh Hamilton

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Josh Hamilton has passed his physical with the Angels, making his new five-year, $125 million contract is official. He’s scheduled to be introduced at a news conference in Anaheim at 2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon. Per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Hamilton’s contract includes a no-trade clause and is slightly…

  8. Shocker: Josh Hamilton signs a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

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    The hot stove season always takes unexpected turns, and this afternoon it took the most unexpected turn we’ve seen in some time.  Seemingly out of nowhere the Los Angeles Angels swooped in and signed Josh Hamilton.  Legendary L.A. radio man Joe McDonnell had the first news that a deal with close. Within an hour it…

  9. Red Sox lineup a whole lot deeper with Mike Napoli in the middle

    Dec 3, 2012, 11:43 AM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    Mike Napoli to Boston has long seemed like destiny. That he’s been such a roaring success at Fenway is part of it: Napoli has hit .306/.397/.710 with seven homers in 62 lifetime at-bats in Boston. The Red Sox initially tried to acquire Napoli in 2010, when the Angels weighed parting with him before the deadline.…

  10. Angels set to go with Trout-Bourjos-Trumbo outfield

    Nov 4, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos, Mike Trout

    Speaking about the decision not to make a qualifying offer to free agent Torii Hunter on Friday, Angels GM Jerry Dipoto said he intends to go young and cheap in the outfield next season. That means it’ll likely be Mike Trout in left, Peter Bourjos in center and Mark Trumbo in right on Opening Day.…

  11. The Top 50 Free Agents of 2013

    Nov 2, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Earlier this fall I counted down the top 111 free agents of this offseason. Since then, several players have had their options picked up or contracts extended, taking them out of play.  With the free agent signing period beginning tonight, it’s a good time to update that list and count them down once again. Up first,…

  12. Did not calling up Mike Trout earlier cost the Angels a playoff spot?

    Oct 2, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Mike Trout

    Lost in Mike Trout‘s historic rookie season and the heated AL MVP debate is that the Angels didn’t call him up from Triple-A until April 28 and will likely end up missing the playoffs by 2-3 games. Obviously there’s no guarantee that having Trout from Opening Day on would have equaled 2-3 more wins for…

  13. Torii Hunter expected to re-sign with the Angels

    Sep 22, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that Torii Hunter is expected to re-sign with the Angels this offseason: Torii Hunter came away from a recent lunch meeting with General Manager Jerry Dipoto convinced the Angels would make a strong push to re-sign him after his five-year, $90-million contract expires in October. Hunter is having a…

  14. Albert Pujols starting at first base tonight for the first time since August 22

    Sep 14, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols Getty

    After serving as the designated hitter for the past 16 games, Albert Pujols is back at first base for tonight’s game against the Royals. Pujols hasn’t started at first base since he injured his right calf while running the bases on August 22, but he’s feeling much better now. While the Angels have played things…

  15. Mark Trumbo hitting .194 with 65 strikeouts in last 43 games

    Sep 11, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Not so long ago Mark Trumbo seemed headed for a breakout season, making the All-Star team on the basis of a huge first half and hitting .307 with 27 homers, 16 doubles, and a .988 OPS in 85 games through July 20. And then he just stopped hitting. Since then Trumbo has played 43 games,…

  16. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Sep 7, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Here’s the top 50 of a rather weak free agent class. Again, I didn’t include Robinson Cano, R.A. Dickey and some others whose options are sure to be picked up. Also absent is Mark Reynolds. He is not eligible for free agency, though there’s a good chance he’ll be non-tendered this winter. All ages are…

  17. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 4, 2012, 5:40 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Toronto Blue Jays

    Orioles 4, Blues Jays 0; Rays 4, Yankees 3:  As mentioned yesterday, this combo brings the Yankees lead over the O’s down to one game in the AL East, with the Rays only two and a half back themselves. I don’t suppose we’re so lucky to have a Yankees collapse come a year after the…

  18. Angels beat the Red Sox in the stupidest game of 2012

    Aug 24, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Pedro Ciriaco

    Craziest? Wildest? No, I’m sticking with stupidest. The Angels edged the Red Sox 14-13 in 10 innings Thursday. Some highlights: – Boston blew a six-run lead by giving up eight runs in the top of the third – The Angels put together said eight-run inning without the benefit of an extra-base hit. They did, however,…

  19. Albert Pujols day to day after MRI shows no structural damage in calf or knee

    Aug 23, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols Getty

    The Angels were given a bit of a scare last night when Albert Pujols was forced to exit in the fourth inning after tweaking his right calf and knee on the basepaths, but it appears he will not require an extended absence. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, an MRI exam this…

  20. Time to make Red Sox and Angels fans feel even worse

    Aug 20, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells Reuters

    These tweets from Mike DiGiovanna are not news or rumors — just a guy thinking out loud — but they probably make Angels and Red Sox fans feel bad: I would not be surprised if #Angels try to engage #RedSox in a Vernon Wells-for-John Lackey swap of bad contracts this winter. (more) — Mike DiGiovanna…

  21. Mike Scioscia doesn’t have any sympathy for Vernon Wells

    Aug 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells Reuters

    Vernon Wells hasn’t played much since coming off the disabled list because a) he’s been really bad since the beginning of last season, and b) the Angels have Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, and Torii Hunter in the outfield. In what limited playing time he has gotten Wells is 0-for-15 with five strikeouts and zero walks,…

  22. Vernon Wells activated from disabled list

    Jul 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Vernon Wells Reuters

    It went largely unnoticed in the excitement of the Zack Greinke deal, but the Angels activated Vernon Wells from the disabled list prior to last night’s game against the Rays. Wells had been out since May 21 after fracturing his right thumb while stealing a base. He went 8-for-26 (.308) with two home runs, a…

  23. Vernon Wells nearing return, but do Angels want him back?

    Jul 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Angels batter Vernon Wells hits a two-run home run during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Vernon Wells is close to returning from a torn thumb ligament that has sidelined him since mid-May, but with Mike Trout, Mark Trumbo, and Torii Hunter entrenched as the Angels’ starting outfield and Kendry Morales playing every day at designated hitter … well, do they even want him back? Wells had a miserable 2011 and…

  24. Angels hopeful Torii Hunter will return next week

    May 23, 2012, 6:46 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    Especially now that Vernon Wells is out 8-10 weeks, the Angels could really use Torii Hunter back. It looks like it might happen early next week. Hunter missed his 10th straight game Wednesday after being put on the restricted list to attend to matters involving his son in Texas. 17-year-old Darius McClinton-Hunter was one of five…

  25. Vernon Wells needs thumb surgery, will miss 8-10 weeks

    May 21, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells AP

    The Angels’ outfield logjam is suddenly a lot less complicated. Angels’ television broadcaster Victor Rojas reports that Vernon Wells will have surgery tomorrow to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. He can resume baseball activities in 8-10 weeks, which means he’ll likely be out until around the start of August. Of…

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