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MondoLinks: AL West is Getting Best-ish

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MLB talent is flowing into our division. Billy Eppler is working up hill.

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Something to think about. The AL West is getting pretty damned good. Trader Jerry must be on some kind of leash because he has been extraordinarily quiet, but the Astros are the AL champs, the A’s were a WC team, the Angels and Rangers are gathering serious talent.

The AL East has the Yankees, of course, and the Rays will always be...

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Angels GM Billy Eppler weighing 'high-end' pitching options

Saturday brought a celebratory mood to Anaheim, as the Angels conducted a press conference welcoming their newest second-best player, Anthony Rendon. While the presser included several interesting quotes on the part of Rendon – including his preference for Anaheim over L.A. due to its family-oriented atmosphere – the most interesting takeaway from the day may have been GM Billy Eppler’s statements indicating that the club remains “actively engaged” in the market for pitching. Jeff...

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Angels out on Corey Kluber, per Ken Rosenthal

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The Angels will not be trading for the Cleveland Indians righty.

The Angels still need to find a way to acquire more pitching before the season starts. However, it seems that Corey Kluber will not be a part of the Angels rotation in 2020.

#Angels out on Kluber, source tells The Athletic.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 15, 2019

Kluber is currently an engima because he missed a huge chunk of 2019 due to injury. However, his track record speaks...

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Grading the deal: Getting Rendon is great, but Angels still need more pitching

Are Scott Boras and MLB colluding to distract us from the ignominious one-two punch of a sign-stealing scandal and the league-sanctioned execution of a multitude of minor-league teams? I’m not saying it’s true, but I’m also not saying it’s not true. Consider the evidence.   Exhibit 1: Stephen Strasburg breaking the record for a free agent pitcher contract with his seven-year, $245 million deal with the Nationals on Monday. Exhibit 2: The Yankees shattering said deal with their...

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LA Angels News: The FA Market Is Just Fine, ThankYouVeryMuch

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This winter is saying more about the relative quality of the current class than it is about any structural problems with Free Agency

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It’s not hard to find observers noting that this year’s Hot Stove season is different from the recent past. Mostly, they are those who were clamoring about injustices during the 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 offseasons....

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Report: Angels exploring trade for a starting pitcher

The Los Angeles Angels know full well that they must find at least one top-end starting pitcher after pulling off the Anthony Rendon signing on Wednesday. General manager Billy Eppler and Co. have been more linked to the free-agent market when it comes to this. But now that Gerrit Cole is off the market, Los Angeles is reportedly turning its attention to the trade market. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Angels are looking to add a starter through that means. It’s not a secret...

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Anthony Rendon shirts - hot off the presses!

The Angels got their man - Anthony “Tony Two Bags” Rendon. And you can pick up these awesome shirts and hoodies from Breaking T. Personally, I kinda like that the Two Bags shirt says “Los Angeles”. It’s a nice little troll for all your Dodger friends who missed out on signing him.

Buy “Two Bags” here

Buy “Rendon” here

You can also buy the hoodie and other merch here (ignore the ugly blue Dodger stuff)

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Report: Anthony Rendon had similar offers before signing with the Angels

The Los Angeles Angels pulled off a major coup late Wednesday night, signing NL MVP finalist Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245 million deal. More than anything, Mike Trout was the biggest winner here. He finally gets the necessary protection that’s been lacking in the Angels’ lineup. There were also a number of losers. That includes a Los Angeles Dodgers team that was in on the third baseman. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports, Rendon had similar seven-year offers from...

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LA Angels News: Halo, Anthony Rendon!

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Eppler finally solves the LAA 3B conundrum, gets Anthony Rendon DONE.

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Ok. It looks too good. I have been whining around here for a true third baseman since Troy Glaus was let go in 2004. And, sure, 3B was the position I played in my youth (most excellent fast twitch muscles, except for that one bloodshot eyeball I get when I am tired but that happened when I was...

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Mike Trout reacts to Angels’ big Anthony Rendon signing

Mike Trout sees what his Angels are doing. The Los Angeles Angels agreed to a 7-year, $245 million contract with Anthony Rendon on Wednesday night. After news of the deal emerged, Trout tweeted his reaction — the eyes emoji. Trout isn’t ready to start celebrating yet, as this appears to be the beginning of an offseason of changes for his team. Trout has only been to the playoffs once despite being the best player in baseball over the last eight years. He still signed a monster $430...

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Report: Nationals pursuing Josh Donaldson to replace Anthony Rendon

The Washington Nationals lost Anthony Rendon to the Los Angeles Angels in free agency, but they will work hard to fill that hole at third base. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Nationals are being aggressive in trying to sign free agent Josh Donaldson. Donaldson signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves last season to rebuild his value after a poor 2018. He clubbed 37 homers and had a .900 OPS for the NL East winners while playing on a one-year, $23 million contract. He...

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Angels reportedly sign Anthony Rendon for seven years, $245M

The Los Angeles Angels have pulled off that one blockbuster they have been looking to finalize all winter. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, Los Angeles has signed reigning NL MVP finalist Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245 million contract. This is an absolute coup for general manager Billy Eppler and Co. Rendon, 29, is one of the best all-around players in the game. Last season for champion Washington Nationals proved this to a T. The third baseman hit .319 with 34 homers, 126 RBI...

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Anthony Rendon gets 7-year, $245 million deal from Angels

Anthony Rendon has a new team, and it’s the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels have reached a deal with Rendon on a 7-year contract worth $245 million, Jon Heyman first reported. The contract is the same length and total money that Stephen Strasburg received from Washington, though the terms may be different (Strasburg’s contract contained significant amounts of deferred money). Rendon, 29, was the No. 6 overall pick by the Nats in 2011 and made his MLB debut two years later. He has led the...

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MLB world reacts to Angels' blockbuster deal with Anthony Rendon

The Los Angeles Angels have finally hauled in that big fish this winter, reportedly signing NL MVP finalist, third baseman Anthony Rendon, to a seven-year, $245 million contract. This is an absolutely huge deal for an Angels team that needed to make a splash after so many years of irrelevance. Rendon’s deal comes in at $35 million annually, just under what Mike Trout is earning per season in Southern California. It goes without saying that the MLB world had some reactions to this...

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Angels sign superstar third baseman Anthony Rendon

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Arte gets his man—this time around.

Who needs Gerrit Cole when you land a big fish like Anthony Rendon to play alongside Mike Trout? Angels owner Arte Moreno has some money burning a hole in his pocket after offering Gerrit Cole somewhere close to $300 million dollars. Somewhere in San Diego, general manager breathes a sigh of relief.

Rendon deal done with angels . 245M . 7 yrs.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 12, 2019

Rendon,...

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Angels to Extend Netting at Angel Stadium

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(Again)

The Angels are still reeling from losing out on Gerrit Cole to the New York Yankees, but that doesn’t mean baseball cannot go on as usual.

As a part of fan safety, Manfred has decreed that all stadiums extend their netting past the dugout for 2020.

For the Angels, this will mean coverage of netting from sections 109-127 up from 110-126. It will not, however cover the diamond boxes in these sections as they are behind the seats.

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Kole Calhoun market beginning to take shape

We’ve yet to hear much of anything this winter regarding Kole Calhoun — a reflection both of the primacy of starting pitching on the market and the devaluation of the long ball around the league. The veteran corner outfielder has waited his turn as teams chase higher-priority targets. Now, it seems some attention is beginning to turn to Calhoun and other possible targets. MLB.com’s Jon Morosi tweets that the Blue Jays, Reds, Brewers, and Marlins all have some level of interest in the...

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Angels Rule 5 Draft Possibilities

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What if the Angels have to make do with dumpster diving again?

Once again, it’s almost time for the Rule 5 Draft in which the Angels have the tenth pick this year. In order to draft someone they must have an open spot on the 40 man roster. As of the time of this writing, it appears that there are two open spots on the 40 man roster. That could change overnight, of course....

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LA Angels News: Mysterious Times

3rd-highest career fWAR as 3B for the Los Angeles Angels

We have already reached the last-second bidding window where Mystery Team squeezes the last juice out of the deal.

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Ah, Team Mystery. One of these days they will actually sign enough players to purchase uniforms, rent a stadium and even field a team. They can always be counted on showing up at the precise moment when Scott Boras has received what he believes to be the best and final offer or offers for one of his...

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Gerrit Cole signs with New York Yankees (Reaction thread)

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9 years, $324 million ($36 AAV)

It’s 9 pm on a Tuesday night, but the baseball world never sleeps! And the Evil Empire strikes once again!

Breaking: Gerrit Cole to Yankees. 9 years. 36M per. 324M total.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 11, 2019

This is an absurd amount of money. I’ve been on record saying that I didn’t want Cole at prices less than this (it’s not just post-decision saltiness, I promise!) and $36 million for 9 years is more than...

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