Player News - Angels

Date: Team: Pos:

The Angels have hired Josh Paul as their bench coach.

Paul, who had a nine-year career in MLB as a catcher, has been working in player development with the Yankees. He'll replace Dino Ebel, who will make the shift from bench coach to third base coach for 2018. Paul appeared in 80 games with the Angels from 2004-2005, including the 2005 postseason.
Nov 21 - 3:41 PM

Angels purchased the contract of OF Michael Hermosillo from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Hermosillo, 22, batted .267/.366/.397 with nine homers and 35 steals across three levels in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 5:58 PM

Angels purchased the contract of RHP Jake Jewell from Double-A Mobile.

Jewell, 24, posted a 4.54 ERA and 96/44 K/BB ratio across 140 2/3 frames between High- and Double-A last season. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 5:56 PM

Angels purchased the contract of RHP Jesus Castillo from Double-A Mobile.

Castillo, 22, held a 3.32 ERA and 118/26 K/BB ratio over 124 2/3 innings across three levels in 2017. He now can't be taken in the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 5:54 PM

Angels purchased the contract of RHP Jaime Barria from Triple-A Salt Lake.

Barria, 21, posted a 2.80 ERA and 117/31 K/BB ratio over 141 2/3 innings across three levels in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 5:52 PM

Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are close to signing Manny Banuelos to a minor league contract.

A former top prospect with the Yankees a few years ago, Banuelos' stuff has ticked down considerably in recent seasons following a string of arm injuries. He held a 4.93 ERA over 95 innings while being used mostly as a reliever at Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization this past season.
Nov 17 - 9:27 AM

The Angels are shifting Dino Ebel from bench coach to third base coach.

Ebel has been Mike Scioscia's bench coach for the past four seasons. The change was made after the Angels lost third base coach Ron Roenicke to the Red Sox. The club plans to interview bench coach candidates this week.
Nov 13 - 5:02 PM

Deolis Guerra has elected free agency.

The 28-year-old right-hander appeared in 19 games for the Angels in 2017, posting a 4.68 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 22/12 K/BB ratio over 25 innings. Given the lack of quality bullpen depth around the league, Guerra shouldn't have any trouble finding work this off-season.
Nov 11 - 8:49 AM

Angels activated RHPs Matt Shoemaker, Alex Meyer, Nick Tropeano and JC Ramirez from the 60-day disabled list.

It's a paper move to return all four hurlers to the 40-man roster. Shoemaker, Tropeano and Ramirez are expected to be ready for spring training, while Meyer will be out until 2019 after having labrum surgery on his shoulder in September.
Nov 6 - 8:48 PM

Shane Robinson has elected free agency.

Robinson, 33, is a career .226/.294/.297 hitter in 795 plate appearances at the big league level. He'll try to land a minor league contract with a spring training invite elsewhere.
Nov 4 - 9:20 AM

Eric Young Jr. has elected free agency.

The 32-year-old journeyman appeared in 47 games for the Angels, slashing .264/.336/.418 with four homers, 16 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 125 plate appearances. He shouldn't have trouble finding another opportunity elsewhere.
Nov 4 - 9:17 AM

Angels declined RHP Ricky Nolasco's $13 million option for 2018.

He gets a $1 million buyout, instead. Nolasco went 6-15 with a 4.92 ERA for the Angels last season and 25-43 with a 4.99 ERA over the duration of the four-year, $49 million contract he signed with the Twins prior to the 2014 season. He'll probably sign a cheap one-year deal to serve as the fourth or fifth starter for a non-contender.
Nov 2 - 9:31 PM

Angels declined RHP Huston Street's $10 million option for 2018.

He'll get a $1 million buyout. Street threw a total of 26 1/3 innings over the life of the two-year, $18 million contract extension he signed with the Angels during the 2015 season. He might have something left if he can stay healthy, but no one was going to gamble $10 million on it. He'll have to take an incentive-laden deal.
Nov 2 - 9:28 PM

Angels sent RHP Deolis Guerra outright to Triple-A Salt Lake.

For the third time in a year. Guerra went unclaimed on waivers and was outrighted back in February even though he had a 3.21 ERA in 53 1/3 innings for the Angels in 2016. Last season, he had a 4.68 ERA over 25 innings in two stints with the team. He can now opt for free agency.
Nov 2 - 9:26 PM

Angels signed OF Justin Upton to a five-year, $106 million contract.

Upton was considering opting out of the remaining four years and $88.5 million left on his deal, but the Angels did not want him to get away after a short two-month stay and so they tacked on another year (and another $17.5 million) to keep him in the fold. Upton, 30, posted a career-best .901 OPS with 35 home runs and 109 RBI in 152 games this season between Detroit and Anaheim. He should be poised for a big 2018 hitting directly behind Mike Trout.
Nov 2 - 12:41 PM


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