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Date: Team: Pos:

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that 5+ teams are in on Joe Thatcher.

Cotillo adds that while there's plenty of interest, "no signing is imminent." Thatcher is coming off a fine season, having put up a 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio across 30 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old is likely to require only a one-year contract.
Jan 30 - 5:59 PM

Angels and 3B David Freese avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.425 million contract.

Freese asked for $7.6 million and was offered $5.25 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16. The two sides found the midpoint. Freese batted just .260/.321/.383 in 2014 for Anaheim, but he'll open the 2015 season as the club's starting third baseman. He can become a free agent next fall.
Jan 28 - 5:04 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels would be open to discussing an extension with Chris Iannetta.

However, those talks likely wouldn't take place until after Opening Day. Iannetta will make $5.53 million in 2015 and is currently slated to hit free agency next winter. The 31-year-old backstop has batted .238/.357/.386 with 27 homers over the last three seasons for the Angels.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jan 27 - 8:13 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels plan to discuss a contract extension with Huston Street during spring training.

They've already broached the subject with Street himself, but it sounds like they'll really get into it once camp opens. Street is currently slated for free agency next winter after making $7 million in 2015, but the Angels would like to tack on at least one more year. The 31-year-old recorded a career-high 41 saves in 2014 and boasts a 1.98 ERA over the last three seasons.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Jan 27 - 8:06 PM

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that Garrett Richards (knee) is currently running on 75 percent of his body weight.

He expects the right-hander to be running at 100 percent next week and then progresses to throwing off a mound. Richards, who is working his way back from left patellar tendon surgery, has been long-tossing from 125-150 feet. The Angels hope he'll be ready by Opening Day.
Jan 27 - 6:25 PM

Garrett Richards' arbitration hearing is set for February 11.

Both sides will hope to avoid actually going to that hearing, but this is a somewhat complicated case. Richards had a sensational 2014 regular season, but he needed major knee surgery in late August after tearing his left patellar tendon. The 26-year-old right-hander asked for a salary of $3.8 million and the Angels offered $2.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on January 16. The Halos are open to discussing an extension with Richards, but those talks like wouldn't take place until after Opening Day.
Jan 27 - 5:21 PM

Angels signed RHP Zach Stewart to a minor league contract.

The deal doesn't include an invite to major league spring training. Stewart, 28, owns a 6.82 ERA in the majors and posted a 4.58 ERA in 14 starts and six relief appearances with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate last year. He'll provide some starting depth.
Jan 27 - 3:29 PM

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Tuesday that Roberto Baldoquin will not be in major league camp this spring.

When Baldoquin signed with the Angels for $8 million in December, the expectation was that he would be in big league camp, but he's not expected to make the Opening Day roster and Dipoto believes it's best for his development if he simply stays on the minor league side. "At age 20 and being removed from competitive play for so long, we wanted to make sure Roberto got as much attention as possible," said Dipoto. "He’ll take it slow. We’re in no rush. We’re not looking to accelerate his development and faster than it's going to go." Baldoquin is expected to begin the season at Class-A Inland Empire before hopefully advancing to Double-A Arkansas. The Angels view him as their eventual replacement for Erick Aybar at shortstop.
Jan 27 - 3:23 PM

Angels signed RHP Frank Herrmann to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Herrmann returned from Tommy John surgery last season and posted an ugly 6.37 ERA over 28 appearances with the Indians' Triple-A affiliate prior to being released in August. The 30-year-old is likely to serve as minor league bullpen depth.
Jan 27 - 1:23 PM

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels "remain hopeful" Garrett Richards (knee) will be ready for Opening Day.

This is a more optimistic tone than manager Mike Scioscia offered last month, as the skipper said at the time he expected Richards to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season. It remains possible that Richards won't quite be ready by April 6, but his return is anticipated sometime in April. General manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday that Richards, who is working his way back from left patellar tendon surgery, is "steadily increasing his running" on a treadmill and "continues to work through his throwing program with no issues to report."
Jan 26 - 6:38 PM

Jered Weaver focused on bulking up over the winter in an effort to be stronger and have the ability to consistently pitch deeper into games in 2015.

Weaver pitched at a weight of 199 pounds in 2014 and currently sits at 224, which he says is about as high as it has ever been. The 32-year-old hurler logged 213 1/3 innings in 2014, but only lasted eight or more innings four times, and only averaged 6 1/3 innings over his final 12 starts.
Jan 25 - 8:05 PM

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels took the time during Fan Fest on Saturday to shoot down the rumors of Josh Hamilton returning to the Rangers.

Daniels called the chances of the team dealing for the outfielder "small", a response that drew applause from the Rangers faithful in attendance. The Angels have made no secret of their desire to trade Hamilton, who is still owed $83 million over the next three seasons, but it appears as though the Rangers can safely be crossed off the list of potential destinations.
Jan 25 - 4:55 PM

David Freese requested $7.6 million and was offered $5.25 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

It's one of the larger gaps between player and team for arbitration-eligible players. MLBTradeRumors.com projects Freese to earn $6.3 million through the process, which is closer to the Angels figure than the former World Series MVP. Freese hit a disappointing .260/.321/.383 with 10 homers and 55 RBI in 2014.
Jan 16 - 8:39 PM

Matt Joyce requested $5.2 million and was offered $4.2 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

It's a sizable difference, but the two sides should be able to find some common ground. He's expected to see fairly regular playing time against right-handed pitching where he has proven to be an offensive weapon.
Jan 16 - 7:31 PM

Angels and OF Collin Cowgill avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $995,000 contract.

The deal also includes incentives that should push the contract over $1 million. He will open the season as a reserve outfielder for the Halos, limiting his fantasy appeal to AL-only formats.
Jan 16 - 7:26 PM

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