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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Angels are closing in on a one-year deal with free agent reliever Cody Allen.

Financial terms aren't yet known, but Rosenthal says the deal is agreed to, and pending a physical. Jeff Passan of ESPN says that the 30-year-old was discussing deals in the $9 million range, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the contract was for around that figure. Allen had the worst year of his career in 2018 with a 4.70 ERA, but he was able to save 27 games in 32 attempts, and he was among the best closers in the American League from 2014-2017. There's no obvious closing option on the Los Angeles roster right now, so you would have to assume that Allen heads into spring training the overwhelming favorite -- possibly a lock -- to handle saves for the Angels in 2019.
Jan 17 - 11:11 PM

Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic writes that the Angels "have been in constant contact" with the Giants about relievers Will Smith and Tony Watson.

Anaheim is badly in need of bullpen additions, and the free agent market is beginning to run dry on impactful options. Smith and Watson would make sense for just about any contending club as established veteran lefty relievers. There was known to be heavy interest from the Cardinals before they signed Andrew Miller. The Angels may be ready to pounce here after just missing out on Zach Britton.
Source: The Athletic
Jan 8 - 3:02 PM

Jon Heyman of Fancred reports that the Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a deal with free agent catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

The veteran backstop still calls a good game and gets high marks for his work with a pitching staff, but his offense has fallen off a cliff in recent years. No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. This would remove another potential landing spot for top free agent catcher Yasmani Grandal.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 09:00:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Rangers, Angels and Nationals are among the clubs in on Josh Harrison.

We've heard the Nats mentioned as a possible landing spot for Harrison, but this is the first we've seen of the Rangers' and Angels' interest. The veteran infielder would be in line to play second base in Washington and Anaheim and third base in Texas.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 09:53:00 AM

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Angels are interested in David Robertson.

Morosi says the reliever would prefer to sign with a team in the Northeast, where he is from. However, Robertson evidently would also like an opportunity to be a closer again and would get that chance with the Angels. Robertson is reportedly seeking a three-year contract and is drawing interest from the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies, as well.
Fri, Dec 28, 2018 08:55:00 AM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Rangers, Angels and Brewers are all interested in free agent southpaw Dallas Keuchel.

The Phillies, Nationals and Padres have all been mentioned previously as interested suitors for Keuchel, but now we can add three other clubs to the mix. As a Scott Boras client and the top remaining starting pitcher on the free agent market, it won't be surprising to see Keuchel drag this thing out to extract every possible dollar out of a potential deal.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 22, 2018 08:05:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that free agent starter Trevor Cahill has signed a one-year, $9 million deal with the Angels.

Cahill can earn another $1.5 million via performance-based incentives. It's the second high-dollar one-year deal the Angels have handed out to a starting pitcher this week, as they inked Matt Harvey to a one-year, $11 million pact on Tuesday night. Cahill again battled durability issues in 2018 with the Athletics, but he posted a decent 3.76 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 100/41 K/BB ratio in 110 innings when healthy. It was his highest innings total since 2014.
Thu, Dec 20, 2018 11:54:00 AM

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that free agent starter Matt Harvey has agreed to a contract with the Angels.

It'll be a one-year, $11 million deal with another $3 million available through performance-based incentives, per Fancred's Jon Heyman. Harvey drew interest from multiple teams this winter -- the Reds wanted him back, and the A's reportedly checked in -- but he'll head to Anaheim looking to further revitalize his career. The former All-Star posted a 4.94 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 131/37 K/BB ratio in 155 innings between New York and Cincinnati in 2018. He is a lock for the Angels' Opening Day rotation, assuming his health cooperates.
Tue, Dec 18, 2018 08:06:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network noted that the Angels have expressed interest in free agent backstop Yasmani Grandal.

The Angels were one of the clubs that was in on Wilson Ramos before he signed with the Mets on Sunday, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see them amp up their interest in Grandal now that the free agent market is thinning out at the position.
Source: MLB.com
Mon, Dec 17, 2018 12:05:00 AM

Jerry Crasnick reports that the Angels' top current target in free agency is Wilson Ramos.

Ramos has been linked with several clubs, including the Dodgers. It's been reported that the veteran backstop is looking for multi-year offers, but teams could be hesitant to give them because of his long history with injuries. He also is one of the best offensive catchers in baseball, and hit .306/.358/.487 with the Rays and Phillies last year. This would certainly lengthen the Angels' lineup, and he'd be a massive upgrade from what they got behind the plate in 2018.
Thu, Dec 13, 2018 07:19:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that free agent Justin Bour has agreed to a deal with the Angels.

It'll be a one-year, $2.5 million deal, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Bour was non-tendered by the Phillies last month after batting .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI over 141 games between Miami and Philadelphia in 2018. The 30-year-old slugger will presumably get regular playing time between first base and DH next season in Anaheim, but Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani are also part of that equation. Granted, Pujols and Ohtani are both coming off major surgeries.
Wed, Dec 12, 2018 07:08:00 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Diamondbacks, Angels, Yankees, Braves and Reds are among the teams showing interest in Joakim Soria.

Soria will turn 35 next May but should land a multi-year contract after posting a 3.12 ERA and 75/16 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings between the White Sox and Brewers in 2018. He'll likely serve in a setup role wherever he lands.
Mon, Dec 3, 2018 06:16:00 PM

The Angels are set to acquire Dillon Peters from the Marlins in exchange for prospect Tyler Stevens, according to the Orange Country Register's Jeff Fletcher.

Peters looked like a pretty good prospect a year ago, but he was a bust in 2018 and the Marlins DFA'd him yesterday. He still seems like a nice get at this price.
Wed, Nov 21, 2018 03:04:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Brewers, Phillies, Braves, Angels, Red Sox, White Sox, Blue Jays, Padres and Giants are the "early suitors" for Nathan Eovaldi.

Cafardo adds that "there's likely to be more." Eovaldi could wind up being the most highly sought after free agent starter aside from Patrick Corbin after he thrived down the stretch of the regular season and playoffs for Boston. He's plenty risky both from a performance and health standpoint, but the hard-throwing righty is awfully intriguing and will turn just 29 in February.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 10:40:00 AM

According to Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels are "among five teams" interested in signing free agent catcher Wilson Ramos.

There is a long list of teams in need of help at the catcher position, so Ramos should do quite well this winter. The 31-year-old backstop slashed .306/.358/.487 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI in 111 games this past season between the Rays and Phillies. Angels catchers combined for a .220/.271/.357 slash line in 2018.
Wed, Nov 7, 2018 04:05:00 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins will interview Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde for their managerial vacancy on Monday.

Add another team to the list. Hyde is a hot name at the moment, as Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that he has also interviewed for vacancies with the Rangers and Angels. Hyde has been on the Cubs' staff for the past five seasons, including the last two as bench coach. He also previously served as bench coach with the Marlins.
Mon, Oct 15, 2018 10:08:00 AM

Blue Jays claimed RHP Oliver Drake off waivers from the Angels.

The Angels designated Drake for assignment on Monday. The 31-year-old has certainly made the rounds this year, appearing in 23 games for the Angels, Brewers and Indians. The veteran reliever carries an underwhelming 4.84 ERA for his career. Look for him to work in middle relief.
Thu, Jul 26, 2018 04:51:00 PM

MLB.com's Jon Morosi reports that the Angels "would consider" Greg Holland at the right price.

What that price is for the Angels and what Holland is asking for isn't clear, of course, and there would likely be multiple teams interested in the reliever if his demands fall far enough. Holland led the National League with 41 saves last season, but he had a rough stretch in the second half and the market for him has been tepid. The Angels are currently projected to go into the season with Blake Parker as their closer.
Source: MLB.com
Mon, Feb 26, 2018 07:22:00 PM


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