Player News - Angels

Date: Team: Pos:

J.C. Ramirez (elbow) faced hitters Tuesday for the first time this spring.

Ramirez was shut down last August with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, but he opted for stem cell treatment over surgery (similar to teammate Garrett Richards) and said he felt normal Tuesday. He's lined up to make his Cactus League debut on March 1 as he attempts to win a rotation spot.
Feb 20 - 2:55 PM

The Angels will lower the right field wall at Angel Stadium from 18 feet to eight feet.

Angel Stadium should be slightly more hitter-friendly than it has been in the past. The Angels have a right-handed heavy lineup, but the lefty-swinging Kole Calhoun should be happy to hear the news. This is one of those scenarios that could help Shohei Ohtani as a hitter (he hits left-handed) and potentially come back to bite him as a pitcher.
Feb 20 - 12:43 PM

According to Grant Brisbee of SB Nation, Tim Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from a team that’s not the Giants.

In other words, a reunion with the Giants likely isn't going to happen. Lincecum reportedly had 25-30 scouts in attendance at his showcase last Thursday, where he was throwing in the 90-93 mph range. That's better than where he was during his disastrous stint with the Angels in 2016. Apparently at least one team saw enough to offer a guaranteed deal. There should be more clarity on this situation soon.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 19 - 1:25 PM

Angels signed OF Chris Young to a one-year contract.

Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register says Young will make $2 million and can earn more through incentives. Young, 34, batted .235/.322/.387 with seven home runs in a part-time role last season with the Red Sox. He'll give the Angels an option in the outfield and/or in the designated hitter spot against left-handers.
Feb 18 - 4:02 PM

Angels signed 1B Chris Carter to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carter will make $1.75 million if in the majors, with a possible $600,000 more in incentives. Carter batted just .201/.284/.370 with eight home runs over 208 plate appearances for the Yankees last season before being released at midseason. He caught on with the A's on a minor league pact after that but wasn't called up. Carter, 31, will help replenish some of the first base depth the Angels lost when they traded C.J. Cron.
Feb 18 - 3:13 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Shohei Ohtani will be available to both pinch-hit and pinch-run on the days that he isn't starting.

Scioscia noted that normally he would never utilize a starting pitcher as a pinch-runner, but with the club proceeding with just a three-man bench they'll need to utilize Ohtani's versatility.
Feb 17 - 3:03 PM

Albert Pujols said Friday that he lost 12-15 pounds over the offseason.

It's been rare the last few years that Pujols has had an offseason with a normal workout routine -- as he had this winter -- rather than one where he's been rehabbing from surgery. It was a goal for the future Hall of Famer to improve his conditioning since he's projected to play more first base in 2018, and it appears he's accomplished what he set out to do. Pujols hit 23 homers and drove in 101 runs in 2017 but posted a career-worst .672 OPS.
Feb 16 - 11:47 AM

Angels owner Arte Moreno said he's open to the possibility of a contract extension for Mike Trout, though there haven't been any discussions to date.

Trout is currently under control through 2020. "Let's put it this way: It's always in our minds, we're always thinking about it," Moreno said. "If you look at long-term plans, you're always trying to position yourself for something like that. But we have three years. We try not to do anything in an urgent way. We don't think that's a good way of doing business."
Feb 15 - 6:59 PM

Free agent Tim Lincecum held his throwing session for scouts Thursday, and sources told FanRag's Jon Heyman that he was throwing 90-93 mph.

He had 25-30 scouts watching him, Heyman reports. It'd be awesome to see Lincecum pull off a successful comeback, but most don't realize just how bad he was in his final four years in San Francisco; white he was OK in 2015 before getting hurt, it's the only time since 2011 that he's been anything close to average. There shouldn't be any expectations here.
Feb 15 - 4:27 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals will be among the teams at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday.

The list of confirmed teams planning to send representatives also includes the Angels, Orioles, Twins, Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Brewers, Padres, Tigers, Phillies, and Rangers. Lincecum will go through a throwing workout at the Driveline Baseball Research Lab in Kent, Washington in the hope of getting another shot at the major league level. He sat out the 2017 season after posting a 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in nine starts with the Angels in 2016.
Feb 14 - 1:34 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Angels will attend Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday in Kent, Washington.

Lincecum posted a horrendous 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP over nine starts with the Angels in 2016 and didn't pitch at all in 2017, but the club is apparently intrigued by the progress he has made this winter in his workouts at the Driveline Baseball Research Lab just outside of Seattle. That is where Thursday's showcase for interested teams is scheduled to take place. There will also be representatives from the Orioles, Twins, Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Brewers, Padres, Tigers, Phillies, and Rangers. And probably some others as well.
Feb 14 - 11:35 AM

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said his club will have representation at Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday.

Lincecum is scheduled to throw for scouts and front office members of interested teams this Thursday at Driveline Baseball Research Lab outside of Seattle. Word is the Giants, Dodgers, Yankees, Brewers, Padres, Tigers, Phillies, Rangers, and Twins will also be in attendance. There will probably be some others as well. Lincecum didn't pitch anywhere professionally in 2017 and posted a 9.16 ERA over nine starts with the Angels in 2016, but the 33-year-old right-hander has reportedly looked quite impressive in recent private workouts.
Feb 13 - 4:43 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday that he plans to employ a six-man rotation in 2018.

This would allow big offseason addition Shohei Ohtani to be used on a similar schedule to what he had in Japan. It could also help rest some of the other arms in the rotation, which come with plenty of question marks. That list includes Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano, and J.C. Ramirez.
Feb 13 - 3:55 PM

J.C. Ramirez (elbow) said Tuesday that he's thrown 10 bullpen sessions and feels normal.

Ramirez threw 50 pitches over two simulated innings in his most recent session at Angels camp in Arizona. The 29-year-old was shut down last August with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, but he has made encouraging progress from stem cell therapy. The big test will be pitching in games, but he should be an option for the Angels' rotation or bullpen if healthy.
Feb 13 - 3:25 PM

According to Rhett Bollinger of, the Twins will be present for Tim Lincecum's showcase on Thursday.

Add another team to the list. The Yankees, Brewers, Giants, and Padres are among the other clubs expected to attend. Lincecum didn't pitch at all last season and had an unsightly 9.16 ERA over nine starts with the Angels in 2016, but he's gotten in great shape in hopes of resurrecting his career. The Twins have an obvious need for a starter, though Lincecum is a huge wild card at this point.
Feb 13 - 2:31 PM

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