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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have discussed Josh Harrison with the Pirates.

Harrison would give the Halos an option at third base in 2018 and could potentially slide over to second base in 2019 after Ian Kinsler's contract runs out. The 30-year-old batted .272/.339/.432 with 16 homers and 12 stolen bases for the Pirates this past season. The Mets and Blue Jays have also expressed interest.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 12:55:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels are interested in free agent Zack Cozart.

They'd ask him to play third base, with Andrelton Simmons locked in at shortstop and newcomer Ian Kinsler set to slide in at second. Cozart has never made an appearance at the hot corner at any level of professional baseball, but he's always been a good defender and is probably capable of making the transition. The market is beginning to pick up for the 32-year-old, who batted .297/.385/.548 with 24 home runs over 122 games with the Reds in 2017.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 02:00:00 PM

Pirates selected RHP Damien Magnifico from the Angels in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft.

Magnifico has made appearances at the major league level in each of the last two seasons, but he's never been able to stick around for very long. The 26-year-old right-hander will operate as organizational relief depth for Pittsburgh in 2018.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 12:42:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms that the Angels' acquisition of Ian Kinsler from the Tigers is a done deal.

According to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press, the Tigers will receive right-hander Wilkel Hernandez and outfielder Troy Montgomery in return. Neither of them are top prospects, so this was mostly about shedding Kinsler's $10 million salary for 2018. In the end, Kinsler waived his no-trade clause to go to the Angels. The 35-year-old is coming off a down season where he batted just .236/.313/.412 with 22 homers over 139 games, but he's still a strong defender and gives the Angels a sizable upgrade at second base. The Angels apparently might not be done, as they also hope to make a move for a third baseman.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 09:13:00 PM

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Angels could be a fit for Chase Headley once the Ian Kinsler trade is completed.

This is assuming that the Angels are able to get the deal for Kinsler done, which as of Wednesday night was in a slight holding pattern. It was reported earlier Wednesday that the Padres were shopping both Headley and Yangervis Solarte, and the Angels have a need at both the hot corner and the keystone. Stay tuned.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 08:57:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels have acquired Ian Kinsler from the Tigers.

In return for Kinsler, the Tigers get prospects; OFTroy Montgomery and right-hander Wilkel Hernandez. Earlier in the day on Wednesday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Angels were one of 10 teams that were on Kinsler's no-trade list. That's not stopping the Halos from landing him, obviously. Despite coming off one of the worst full seasons of his career, Kinsler would still be a massive upgrade over what the Angels were able to get at second base in 2017, and he shouldn't be prohibitively expensive in terms of prospects.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 07:06:00 PM

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, as many as 10 teams have reached out to free agent Todd Frazier.

We've already heard of interest from the Red Sox and Yankees, and Sherman adds the Giants, Angels, and Mets to the list. Frazier is being pitched as an option to play third base, first base, and maybe even some second base. The 31-year-old batted .213/.344/.428 with 27 home runs and 76 RBI in 147 games this past season between Chicago and New York.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 03:41:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets, Angels, and Brewers are on Ian Kinsler's no-trade list.

Which of course means he has the right to refuse a trade to any of those clubs, who have all expressed interest. Sherman says "it is believed only the Angels are a near-certain yes right now." Tigers general manager Al Avila indicated Tuesday at the Winter Meetings in Orlando that the club is close to moving Kinsler, but it could take some convincing if the Mets or Brewers are offering the better return package. There is also believed to be some level of interest from the Giants.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 10:18:00 AM

According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there's "some industry chatter" that the Angels could emerge as a potential match for Rays third baseman Evan Longoria.

The Angels are known to be considering third base options, including free agent Mike Moustakas. Longoria has been linked to the Cardinals in recent weeks, but he'll surely draw interest from other clubs if the Rays truly intend to shop him. The 32-year-old is owed $86 million through 2022 and $94 million if an option is exercised for 2023.
Tue, Dec 12, 2017 08:47:00 AM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes that Logan Morrison is a possibility for the Angels.

It's an interesting fit, as the Angels plan to give Shohei Otani chances out of the DH spot, which would push Albert Pujols to first base on some days. The Angels also have C.J. Cron in-house, though it's possible he could become trade bait. Morrison amassed a career-best 38 homers in 2017 while batting .246/.353/.516 in 149 games.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 12:28:00 PM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register confirms that the Angels have had discussions with free agent third baseman Mike Moustakas.

The Angels have been speculated as a potential fit from the very beginning, so it's no surprise they have checked in. However, nothing appears to be imminent. Moustakas is looking to cash in this winter after slugging a career-high 38 homers with a .272/.314/.521 batting line in 2017.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 12:23:00 PM

George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the Angels have had discussions with free agent left-hander C.C. Sabathia.

The 37-year-old had a resurgence in 2017, posting a 14-5 record, 3.69 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 120/50 K/BB ratio across 148 2/3 innings with the Yankees, and was even better in the postseason. The Yankees have also reached out to Sabathia about a possible return to New York.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 10:49:00 PM

According to a statement from Shohei Ohtani's representatives, RHP/OF Shohei Ohtani will sign with the Angels.

Ohtani picks the Angels after a whirlwind week where he narrows his choice down to seven clubs, and Los Angeles ends up with the winning ticket. The Halos will hand over a $20 million dollar posting fee for the rights to negotiate his contract, and they'll be able to pay him upwards of $2.5 million dollars after making a deal to acquire cash from the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday. The 23-year-old pitcher/outfielder is baseball's first legitimate two-way prospect in some time, and he'll get a chance to play in the outfield, DH, and start for the Angels in 2018.
Fri, Dec 8, 2017 02:13:00 PM

Craig Mish and Jim Bowden of SiriusXM are reporting that Giancarlo Stanton has indicated a preference for joining the Dodgers or Yankees in a trade.

Mish adds that Stanton is also interested in the Cubs and Astros. If Stanton wanted to play for the Giants or the Cardinals, one imagines a trade would have been finalized by now. Still, nothing has been officially rejected, and Stanton could still potentially accept one of the deals reportedly on the table if his preferred options don't step up to the plate. Both the Dodgers and Yankees are looking to get under the luxury-tax threshold, and taking on Stanton's deal would make that extremely difficult.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 11:44:00 PM

Twins acquired OF Jacob Pearson from the Angels for $1 million in international bonus pool money.

This move comes moments after the Mariners traded catching prospect David Banuelos to the Twins for the same amount of international funds. Pearson is the much better prospect between the two, a third-round selection who was given seven figures out of high school and who has a chance to carry a plus hit and speed tool when he's done developing. Considering the Twins had no chance of acquiring Shohei Ohtani, it's fair to say they did very well in both trades.
Wed, Dec 6, 2017 09:28:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Angels "remain interested" in free agent slugger Carlos Santana.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first mentioned the Angels as a Santana suitor in mid-November, among a list of teams that included the Red Sox, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, and Indians. Santana, 31, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 79 RBI in 154 games this past season for Cleveland. He rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Tribe last month.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 10:14:00 PM

According to Jeff Fletcher of the Los Angeles Daily News, the Angels have also met with Shohei Otani and his representatives this week in Los Angeles.

To recap: Ohtani and his agents at CAA spoke with the Dodgers, Angels, and Giants on Monday and the Mariners, Rangers, and Cubs on Tuesday. There is also expected to be a sit-down with the Padres sometime this week. The deadline for Ohtani to decide on a Major League Baseball team is December 22, though it sounds like it could come together much sooner than that -- possibly within the next several days. The team that lands the 23-year-old two-way star will pay a $20 million posting fee to the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters and a relatively small signing bonus (between $3.535 million and $1.315 million) to the player himself.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 08:28:00 PM

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Angels have signed former Braves prospect shortstop Kevin Maitan.

According to Jesse Sanchez of, the deal is worth $2.2 million. Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register notes that the club can use next year's international bonus pool money, which would still leave room for the club to make a sizable offer to Shohei Ohtani. The club recently picked up some additional international spending money in the Jim Johnson deal with the Braves. Maitan was the biggest name of the prospects recently granted free agency by MLB following the Braves' scandal with international signings. The 17-year-old Maitan received a $4.25 million bonus as the top prospect in the 2016 international class. He batted just .241/.290/.340 with two homers and 18 RBI over 42 games in rookie ball this season, but the Angels will happily take a chance on his future.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 12:44:00 PM

Jim Bowden of Sirius XM reports that Shohei Ohtani is only considering the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Giants, Mariners, Rangers, and Cubs.

We've been piecing this together one-by-one over the past 24 hours, but these are the only seven teams that Ohtani is considering. The great majority of the finalists are on the West Coast, with the exception of the Rangers and Cubs. Of course, the Rangers have a strong history with Japanese players. As for the Cubs, they might have pitched him on creative plans to use him as both a pitcher and hitter. They are also strongly-positioned to win right away. Each finalist should meet with Ohtani in the coming days, with a resolution to come later this month.
Mon, Dec 4, 2017 08:57:00 AM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick was told by a source that the Angels are at the top of Mike Moustakas wish list.

The feeling might not be totally mutual and some other team could decide to offer Moustakas more money, but Yunel Escobar is no longer under contract and the Angels would likely want to upgrade the production at third base either way. Crasnick also mentions that the Angels could just go with Luis Valbuena at third base and look to upgrade at second base, but Valbuena struggled to a .199 batting average and .294 on-base percentage in 2017.
Wed, Nov 15, 2017 08:23:00 PM

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