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Date: Team: Pos:

Angels signed INF Roberto Baldoquin.

The Angels and the 20-year-old Cuban infielder agreed to an $8 million signing bonus in November, and the deal became official after he passed his physical. The Angels view him as a shortstop, and he should be close to major-league ready. Even so, Baldoquin will likely start the season in the high minors to get acclimated to the professional game.
Dec 20 - 7:23 PM

Angels released INF/OF Shawn O'Malley.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Johnny Giavotella. O'Malley, who will turn 27 later this month, is a career .258/.351/.338 hitter in the minors and got a cup of coffee with the Angels at the end of last season.
Dec 19 - 4:37 PM

The Angels are expected to complete their signing of Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin early next week.

Baldoquin has already taken a physical and general manager Jerry Dipoto says the team is "in the home stretch" to getting him signed to the $8 million deal that was agreed to last month. The Angels view Baldoquin as a shortstop and will start him at High- or Double-A next season.
Dec 19 - 3:24 PM

Angels acquired 2B Johnny Giavotella from the Royals in exchange for RHP Brian Broderick.

Giavotella had been designated for assignment on Thursday. The Angels plan to go with Josh Rutledge at second base after trading away Howie Kendrick, but Giavotella isn't a bad insurance option. The 27-year-old never received a long-term look with the Royals but is a career .305/.378/.438 hitter in the minors.
Dec 19 - 2:54 PM

Royals designated INF Johnny Giavotella for assignment.

The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Kris Medlen on the 40-man roster. Giavotella was once considered a promising prospect with the Royals, but he owns a .238/.277/.334 batting line over 465 plate appearances in the majors and turns 28 next July.
Dec 18 - 4:14 PM

The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reported that negotiations between the Angels and INF Gordon Beckham are not currently progressing.

Fletcher wrote that the Angels were still looking to bring back Beckham. The most obvious reason as to why negotiations have hit a snag is that Beckham is presumably looking for a guaranteed starting role in the majors. Given his .226/.271/.348 slash-line in 2014, it's probably not realistic that Beckham will have consistent starting at-bats next season.
Dec 17 - 12:56 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels discussed a possible Josh Hamilton with the Rangers and Padres this offseason.

Rosenthal cautions that the talks were "exploratory in nature" and "did not gain traction." However, while he adds that a trade doesn't figure to take place "anytime soon," he predicts that Hamilton will be dealt before the end of his contract. Hamilton, who is owed $83 million over the next three seasons, had just a .745 OPS last season while being limited to 89 games due to injury.
Dec 16 - 10:40 PM

Angels acquired OF/DH Matt Joyce from the Rays for RHP Kevin Jepsen.

Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports first reported the trade. Joyce figures to pair with C.J. Cron at DH and can cover the corner outfield spots when necessary. With Josh Hamilton around, it's a nice insurance move. Joyce batted .254/.349/.383 with nine home runs and 52 RBI over 140 games this past season.
Dec 16 - 2:30 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rays continue to discuss Matt Joyce trades with teams.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported last week that Joyce is drawing more interest than David DeJesus in potential trades and Cotillo writes that a deal may come down in the near future. MLB Trade Rumors projects Joyce to make $4.9 million next season in his final year of arbitration. The 30-year-old could have some value in a platoon role.
Dec 16 - 12:25 PM

Cubs selected infielder Taylor Featherston from the Rockies in Thursday's Rule 5 draft and traded him to the Angels.

Featherston is a 25-year-old who hit .260/.322/.439 in Double-A last season and then .294/.355/.456 in the Arizona Fall League. He projects as a utilityman in the majors, and he probably wouldn't be a liability in the role in the short term. Still, that doesn't necessarily mean he'll make the Angels. He'll probably have to overtake Josh Rutledge or Grant Green for a roster spot.
Dec 11 - 12:53 PM

Angels acquired LHP Andrew Heaney from the Dodgers for second baseman Howie Kendrick.

Heaney, the ninth overall pick in the 2012 draft, projects as a long-term second or third starter, and getting him in return for one year of Kendrick is a nice coup for the Angels. It doesn't mean Heaney will contribute immediately, but he should have a chance to win a rotation spot, particularly with Garrett Richards likely to start off on the DL. If he gets one, he'll be a solid AL-only pitcher and a potential streaming play in mixed leagues.
Dec 11 - 1:42 AM

Angels acquired infielder Josh Rutledge from the Rockies for RHP Jairo Diaz.

Moments after dealing Howie Kendrick, the Angels got themselves a new option at second base. Rutledge, 25, has hit .259/.308/.403 with 19 homers in 947 at-bats for the Rockies since debuting in 2012. He's best utilized as a utilityman, but the Angels could save some money and go with him as a starter if they'd prefer to add elsewhere.
Dec 11 - 1:23 AM

The Dodgers and Marlins have agreed upon a trade sending Dee Gordon and Dan Haren to the Marlins for Andrew Heaney, Kike Hernandez, Chris Hatcher and Austin Barnes.

Heaney is the clear headliner here for the Dodgers. The left-hander had a subpar debut in 2014, going 0-3 with a 5.83 ERA in 29 1/3 innings, but he was the club's first-round pick in 2012 and was the no. 29 overall prospect in baseball according to MLB.com prior to the season. Still just 23 years old, Heaney is penciled into the Dodgers rotation heading into spring training.
Dec 10 - 7:00 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that he is looking at the possibility of Mike Trout batting third next season.

Trout batted almost exclusively out of the No. 2 spot this past season, but this could be an indication that he has lost faith in Josh Hamilton as a run producer. However, Scioscia cautioned that it's just an idea and that Trout is likely to remain in the No. 2 spot.
Dec 10 - 3:35 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday that he doesn't expect Garrett Richards (knee) to be ready for Opening Day.

Richards underwent surgery in late-August to repair a torn patellar tendon in his left knee. Things are going well in his rehab and he has already resumed a throwing program, but Scioscia believes it's realistic that he'll make his season debut by mid-May. This could actually make him a better value on draft day in fantasy leagues.
Dec 10 - 3:07 PM

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