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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Articles tagged: Los Angeles Angels

Report: Angels backed out of proposed Joc Pederson trade

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The Los Angeles Angels seemingly had a chance to pull off a trade to land two solid pieces without giving up much, but were the ones who backed out of that opportunity.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Angels, not the Los Angeles Dodgers, were the team that pulled the plug on a proposed deal that would have seen them acquire Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling for infielder Luis Rengifo. This apparently happened because Angels owner Arte Moreno grew impatient over the delay in the Mookie Betts trade, and the Dodgers did not feel strongly enough about the deal to try to revive it.

It’s understandable why Moreno would have grown frustrated with how slowly things were going, but it seems rather pointless to have pulled out. If it’s true that he could have had the deal done by now had he just sat tight, it’s just a very strange series of decisions.

While Stripling may not mind what happened, it still makes sense for both him and Pederson to be shopped around. It would save the Dodgers money, and neither player has a clear role on the team in 2020. Don’t be surprised if Pederson’s name in particular is the subject of more trade rumors in the days to come.

Report: Joc Pederson trade to Angels is off despite Mookie Betts deal

Joc Pederson chest

The Mookie Betts trade was supposed to be part of a series of deals, but one key one has fallen through after all.

Earlier in the week, when it appeared that the Los Angeles Dodgers were poised to acquire Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox, they had a deal that would send Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling to the Los Angeles Angels. On Sunday, the Dodgers completed a deal for Betts, but according to Ken Rosenthal, the trade with the Angels is off.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, it was determined that the Angels’ portion of the trade was not necessary to supplement the restructured deals the Dodgers made Sunday.

There are likely some angry people behind the scenes. Angels owner Arte Moreno was reportedly furious over the delay, and this will probably make him more angry. The rumored deal also led to some issues with Pederson’s arbitration hearing during the week.

The Betts deal had to be restructured after the Red Sox took issue with the medicals on prospect Brusdar Graterol. Thanks to that, the Angels are now going to miss out on two key players they thought they’d be getting.

Report: Angels ‘cautiously optimistic’ in pursuit of Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber

The Los Angeles Angels are reportedly looking to add some pitching in addition to their big offensive addition.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Angels are “cautiously optimistic” in trade talks centered around Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber.

The Angels were in on Gerrit Cole, but were unwilling to outbid the New York Yankees and ultimately signed Anthony Rendon instead. The trade market may be more their speed, and they’d have a hard time doing better than a two-time Cy Young winner in Kluber. However, there is uncertainty here, as Kluber is still recovering after fracturing his pitching arm last May. He hasn’t pitched since.

The Angels are not the only team from California to be making a push for Kluber. It’s a market that appears to be heating up.

Angels reportedly looking to add pitching help like Madison Bumgarner, Hyun-Jin Ryu

Madison Bumgarner

The Los Angeles Angels made a big free agent signing on Wednesday night, and they aren’t done yet this offseason.

The Angels reached agreement on a 7-year, $245 million deal with third baseman Anthony Rendon. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says the Angels are also looking to add a pitcher. He says Madison Bumgarner, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Dallas Keuchel are among the pitchers they’re looking to sign. Colorado Rockies starter Jon Gray is also a pitcher they’ve sought in a trade.

The Angels missed out on Gerrit Cole, as they and the Dodgers came behind the Yankees in the sweepstakes for the ace. Stephen Strasburg re-signed with the Nationals, and the Phillies added Zack Wheeler. The Dodgers and Angels still have an interest in improving their pitching and are both said to be looking at Bumgarner.

Ryu led the league with a 2.32 ERA last season for the Dodgers and was second in NL Cy Young voting. He’s 32 though and has a significant injury history, which may cause teams pause in signing him for big money.

The Angels have Andrew Heaney, Griffin Canning and just traded for Dylan Bundy. They’re hoping to have Shohei Ohtani return from Tommy John surgery. They need some more pitchers who can slot in at the top of the rotation.

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 league in doubles two years in a row and drove in 126 runs last season, which also led the NL.

Rendon is a career .290 hitter with an .859 OPS. His postseason numbers are similar, as he’s a .282 hitter with an .848 OPS, which are good signs in case the Angels ever make the playoffs again.

The Angels traded away Zack Cozart this week, opening up a spot at third base that Rendon will now fill. He’ll team with Andrelton Simmons to give the Angels a stellar defensive left side of the infield.

Dylan Bundy traded from Orioles to Angels

Dylan Bundy was once a top prospect for the Baltimore Orioles, but his time with the organization is over.

Bundy, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, has been traded to the Los Angeles Angels, as first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Bundy is still only 27 and just entering his physical prime. It appears he’ll never become what the Orioles once thought he would, though, and they have been trying to trade him for quite a while. He has a 4.67 career ERA and has had ongoing struggles during his time in the league. Perhaps a change of scenery could be beneficial for him, and the Angels are betting on his underlying talent here.

Angels prepared to spend whatever it takes to sign Gerrit Cole?

Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole is viewed as the top free agent pitcher on the market, and there have been rumors for a while suggesting that the Los Angeles Angels may be the favorites to sign him.

Teammates have already hinted and suggested that Cole, who grew up in Orange County, Calif. (where Angel Stadium is located), wants to play on the West Coast. SNY’s Andy Martino adds that there is a perception that the pitcher not only wants to play on the West Coast, but also that the Angels will “spend whatever it takes” to land the ace.

The thought of signing Cole is something that will be very pleasing to Angels fans, and Mike Trout, who has committed long term to the team and has been hoping the franchise to field a more competitive team. Cole’s connection to the Angels, coupled with his agent Scott Boras’ relationship with the team (he has a field level box to their games), and the team’s desperate need for pitching and desire to win, adds to the perception that they would go after him. Cole also has seemed ready to leave the Astros from the moment the World Series ended.

Some other teams may be involved in the bidding, which would only drive the price higher for whatever team lands him. Cole went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts during the regular season and was even better in the postseason, going 4-1 with a 1.72 ERA. He finished second in Cy Young voting and is 29 years old.