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Angels send Conor Lillis-White to the Cubs because they don’t need any stinkin’ lefties

What is Billy Eppler doing anyway? Back on November 29th, the web-a-sphere was set on fire with the blockbuster trade that sent Tommy La Stella from the Cubs to save the Angels 2019 campaign. Part of that deal was “future considerations” to be sent back to the Cubs. Part of me was hoping that meant Billy Eppler just had to be nice to Theo Epstein at the Winter Meetings and maybe save him a spot in the Starbucks line at Mandalay Bay. But no, apparently that meant the Angels are sending...

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Angels add depth, eye deals at Winter Meetings

It wasn't a flashy Winter Meetings for the Angels despite being on the Las Vegas Strip, but they did add depth, agreeing to terms with first baseman Justin Bour on a one-year, $2.5 million deal and signing seven players to Minor League contracts.

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Stirrups

Thor’sLinks: Rule 5 Day

Now is when all those roster protection decisions come home to roost.

We wrap up the Winter Meeting News, where Billy Eppler will soon come home the conquering hero with Forrest Snow, Matt Ramsey, Dustin Garneau, Wilfredo Tovar, Peter Bourjos, Jarrett Parker and Cesar Puello added to Tempe, and Kaleb Cowart dumped moved to Seattle. I15 is being covered with roses and palm fronds as I write this.

But the biggie deal from the Winter Meets would be the signing late yesterday of Justin Bour....

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Rick Souddress

Justin Bour has developed an elite and coveted skill

The CJ Cron comps are out there. They are also wrong.

Justin Bour has what many may consider an underwhelming profile. He slugs about average for a first baseman and he hits about average too. His defense is equally sub-par and he is slow like many other big corner mashers. It is thus unsurprising that many fans saw the news that the Angels will sign Bour to a $2.5M contract and rolled their eyes.

The corner infielder does have a career slash line of .260/.344/.466. That is pretty good of...

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Ausmus balancing Ohtani, Pujols playing time

In his first year as Angels manager, Brad Ausmus knows how important it will be to find the right balance of playing time for both Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols.

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Angels, slugger Bour reportedly agree to deal

The Angels have agreed to a deal with free-agent first baseman Justin Bour, a source told Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan on Wednesday night. The club has not confirmed the agreement. Bour, 30, hit .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs in 141 games split between the Marlins and Phillies in 2018, a season after hitting 25 home runs and slugging .536.

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Report: Angels to sign Justin Bour

The Angels have struck a deal with first baseman Justin Bour, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Terms of the arrangement, which won’t be official until Bour passes a physical, are not yet known. Bour is an interesting addition for the Halos, who already have aging first baseman Albert Pujols (a right-handed hitter) and two-way star Shohei Ohtani (a lefty) on hand as DH options. It seems likely that Bour will take a significant share of the time at first base against right-handed...

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Ausmus wants to 'balance' ABs for Pujols, Ohtani

First-year Angels manager Brad Ausmus spoke Wednesday on the need to balance the at-bats of both Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani in 2019 as both players are coming off injuries.

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Angels to sign Justin Bour

Day 3 of the Winter Meetings ends with a meh from Billy Eppler Justin Bour has agreed to a deal with the Angels per Jeff Passan. Was this who you were expecting? Someone on Reddit even posted the news this morning. Bour is a first baseman, so would look to split time with Albert Pujols which begs the question: What does Pujols do when Bour is at first base? If he is DH’ing, then he takes at bats away from Ohtani - at least when Ohtani comes back. 30-year-old Bour is a career .260 hitter...

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Winter Meetings Day 3: Angels Style

Oppa Angels style! It’s day 3 of the Winter Meetings and we don’t really have any news. Not big news anyway. Brad Ausmus did do a press conference though which you can watch here: Here are some of the highlights for the TL;DW crowd: Albert Pujols: Yea that sounds like lots of playing time right? But have no fear! He also said “his role in 2019 will come down to his heath and his performance”. Phew. Dodged that one. Perhaps. This is not Mike Scioscia’s Angels. Shohei Ohtani Well...

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Jessica DeLine

The Story of Baseball: In 100 Photographs

Book Review

Love him or loathe him, Pete Rose was a symbol of an era and this photograph below is an iconic piece of baseball history. Pete Rose, Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson. You will find them all, and many more, in this book

The Story of Baseball: In 100 Photographs brings together 100 of the most iconic, memorable, and immortal moments from the history of baseball.

From the Introduction:

“Are 100 photographs enough? Enough to tell the story of a sport over 150 years?...

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Angels have no choice but to rebuild on the fly -- and it might work

Can the Angels simultaneously restock their farm system and return to contention in the last two seasons they might have Mike Trout? They're giving it their best shot.

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HumpLinks: It’s 3rd and Long

Billy Eppler ain’t talking no field goals. He wants the touchdown.

Ok, so Billy Eppler is now on record as stating that he has some good deal in hand, but wants to go with the Big Splash while he has the ball. The football, to be specific. But you know what I like? I like a touchdown AND a field goal. We still have enough time on the clock for AT LEAST 2 scores. So what’s the deal? Are we short on plays in our playbook? Let’s go for it, Billy! What’s the call?...Wait...What?...You...

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Rahul Setty

The Angels have gone from going for a touchdown to being “off the football field”, per Billy Eppler

Are you not entertained?

Angels general manager Billy Eppler had stated on Monday that he could “kick a field goal if [he] wanted to, but let’s go for a touchdown”, in a statement to team reporters.

He’s walking that statement back now, saying that the Angels are “off the football field now”. Eppler claims smaller things are able to be accomplished right now.

Here's Billy Eppler's clarification, given with a smile, today:

"I'm not going to go there any more. We're off the...

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Jessica DeLine

Winter Meetings Day 2: Angels Rumors and Notes roundup

I had originally intended to write this post with a title and blank post, because not much has really happened yet. However - there are a few items to update you all on in regards to Angels happenings this week.

Angels are going big. But how big?

#Angels GM Billy Eppler on the first day of the Winter Meetings and where they’re at on the trade front: “We could kick a field goal right now if we wanted to, but let's go for a touchdown." https://t.co/DM8HkIpMeT

— Rhett Bollinger...

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TuesdoLinks: The Cowartly Lion

The Biggest Deal of Day 1 was...Kaleb Cowart?

25% of the way through the Big Week of Winter, and the Big News of the day is all about Kaleb Cowart. He’s going to spin a cocoon and emerge as a rotation ace. All up in Seattle. It’s below. You’ll get to it.

These be the Winter-Meet-Day-2-HaloLinks:

A Little Bit Of Angels News

Yet another long overdue duh! moment, Kaleb Cowart (out of options) was put through the waiver wire on his way to be parked back in Salt Lake City. We were wondering...

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Ohtani progressing well from TJ surgery

Shohei Ohtani is making good progress with his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but it's too early to come up with a hitting plan for his 2019 season, Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday at the Winter Meetings.

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Angels focused on trades more than free agents

The first day of the Winter Meetings saw the Angels lose former first-round pick Kaleb Cowart to the Mariners via waivers, but general manager Billy Eppler said he's been making progress talking with other clubs about potential trades.

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Cowart eyes Ohtani feat despite 'huge workload'

Kaleb Cowart, claimed by Seattle off waivers from the Angels, says he is excited about attempting to become the big league's second two-way player despite the inherent challenges.

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