The Los Angeles Angels have parted ways with ill-fated offseason addition Cody Allen.
The Angels designated Allen for assignment just over two months into the season after the former Cleveland Indians closer posted a 6.26 ERA in 23 innings.
The Angels have designated Cody Allen for assignment.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) June 15, 2019
Allen was signed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal before the season with the Angels clearly hoping he could shore up the back end of the bullpen after several successful years in Cleveland. It did not happen. He allowed nine home runs in 23 innings, had a WHIP that flirted with 2, and lost his closer’s job very early on in the campaign. The warning signs were there with Cleveland last season, as he was coming off a down year and his fastball velocity was dropping. Now the Angels are paying for their bad decision. The only good news is it was only a one-year deal, but it wasn’t successful at all.
The Los Angeles Angels’ lead over the Seattle Mariners jumped from 3-2 in the fourth to 6-2 in a hurry on Saturday night thanks to three straight home runs.
Tommy La Stella (14), Mike Trout (17), and then Shohei Ohtani (6) all homered to go back-to-back-to-back off Seattle starter Yusei Kikuchi.
La Stella, Trout and Ohtani walk into the batter's box…
[sound on for the punch line] pic.twitter.com/qB7Tx1w41Y
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 9, 2019
Trout’s homer traveled the farthest with an estimated 429-foot distance. La Stella’s was next at 418 feet. Ohtani took an off-speed pitch opposite field 396 feet for the third home run.
This was the second time this season the Angels hit back-to-back home runs, as Trout and Ohtani went back-to-back on May 31. This was the first time the Angels had back-to-back-to-back home runs since 2016 against the Mariners, and their first time doing it at home since 2009.
— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) June 9, 2019
The press food served by the Los Angeles Angels for their spring training game on Tuesday led to quite a reaction on social media.
The Angels served cheesesteaks in the press box for their game against the Colorado Rockies. Considering the meal was served on the same day the team reportedly signed Mike Trout to a huge contract extension, many thought it was a troll job against the Philadelphia Phillies.
As wonderful of a thought as that is to consider, reporter Jeff Fletcher shot it down, saying it was merely an amusing coincidence.
(Obviously the Angels aren't actually trolling the Phillies. They've had the cheesesteaks a few other times this spring and certainly didn't arrange for them today. I just found it an amusing coincidence.)
— Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) March 19, 2019
What had people thinking it was a troll job aimed at the Phillies? Trout is from Millville, New Jersey and grew up rooting for Philly sports teams. The Phillies were expected to make a major effort to sign Trout after the 2020 season, with Bryce Harper leading the recruitment effort.
All that interest from the Phillies probably helped drive up the price for Trout, who is now signed with the Angels for the next 12 seasons.
The Los Angeles Angels never had any intention of letting Mike Trout hit free agency following the 2020 season, and the massive contract extension they have agreed to with the star outfielder proves that.
The Angels and Mike Trout are finalizing a 12-year contract that is worth an eye-popping $430 million, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The deal is the largest for any player in professional sports history. Trout will be paid an average annual salary of around $36 million, which tops Zack Greinke’s previous record average of $34.4 million with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The total dollar value is $100 million greater than the 13-year, $330 million deal Bryce Harper just signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Trout’s new deal will add 10 additional years to the two he has remaining on the six-year, $144.5 million deal he previously signed.
The Angels have made the playoffs just once during Trout’s eight major league seasons, and there was some concern that he might consider leaving the team because of that. Harper had been openly recruiting him to Philadelphia, which is located fairly close to Trout’s hometown in New Jersey.
Trout is perennial MVP candidate and arguably the best player in baseball. The 27-year-old has a career batting average of .307, 240 career home runs, and a career OPS of .989. While the Angeles should be applauded for doing whatever they needed to keep Trout, it’s shocking that they blew Harper’s deal out of the water by $100 million.
The Los Angeles Angels have contacted MLB about a tampering grievance involving Bryce Harper and Mike Trout, according to a report.
Ever since signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, Harper has made clear his intentions to recruit Trout. During his introductory press conference on Saturday, Harper implied he would recruit Trout when the time came.
Then during a radio interview on Tuesday, Harper stated clearly that he would be recruiting Trout in 2020.
That’s a problem for the Angels, who have Trout under contract for two more seasons and are aiming to re-sign him.
MLB rules state that players cannot entice other players to join their team while they are still under contract. The Angels don’t want Harper or anyone else messing with their star player’s head and making him think it would be better to play elsewhere.
Of course, the easiest way for the Angels to combat this would be to convince Trout to re-sign by winning. Still, MLB can take a stand here with some sort of discipline for Harper.
Mike Trout said Friday that he is more focused on spring training and the upcoming season than any potential contract negotiations with the Los Angeles Angels, but that does not mean the star outfielder is ruling out signing an extension before next year.
Trout told reporters that he would prefer not to negotiate an extension during spring training or the regular season, which led many to conclude that next offseason is the Angels’ only chance to sign him to a new deal before he hits free agency following the 2020 season.
Mike Trout said he does not want to negotiate an extension during spring training or the regular season over the next two seasons before his contract expires. That means that, if the Angels were to extend him before he hits free agency, that would come next offseason.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 1, 2019
However, Trout later clarified that he was not trying to place parameters on any potential discussions with the team.
To clarify this: Trout ideally doesn’t want to concentrate on a contract extension while he’s playing. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but it’s not his preference. His pre-arb extension in 2014 was signed during spring training (3/28/14).
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) March 1, 2019
Trout also said he “didn’t mean that” when asked if he is opposed to working out a new deal during spring training or the season.
“It’s spring training,” Trout said, via Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times. “You try to get ready for the season. You don’t worry about anything else. That’s the mindset right now.”
Judging by what Angels owner Arte Moreno said recently, Trout hasn’t had to worry about any of that yet. Bryce Harper’s 13-year, $330 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies likely sets the market for Trout, and it will be interesting to see if the Angels are willing to make that type of commitment to the perennial MVP candidate.
The Los Angeles Angels extended their lease with Anaheim earlier this year to remain in their current ballpark through at least the 2020 season, but they are reportedly discussing the possibility of building a new ballpark and finding a different home after that.
Jason Ruiz of the Long Beach Post reports that the Angels have been in talks about moving the team to Long Beach. A 13-acre site that used to host the Ringling Bros. Circus is being looked at as a possible site for a stadium.
“We are in the early stages of our due diligence and are exploring a variety of options for this property,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia confirmed in a statement. “We have approached the Angels to express our interest and discuss the possibilities of this opportunity.”
Angels president John Carpino said the team “must explore all long-term options” for its future.
It seems highly unlikely that the Angels will actually move, so they are probably using their negotiations with Long Beach as leverage to get what they want in Anaheim. There have been a lot of changes with the team in recent years, but a relocation is unlikely to be one of them.