Los Angeles Angels beat writer for Los Angeles Times

Angels acquire outfielder Daniel Robertson from Rangers

latimes.com — The Angels acquired outfielder Daniel Robertson from the Texas Rangers on Thursday night for a player to be named or cash. To make room on the 40-man roster for Robertson, who is expected to compete for a reserve outfield spot, the Angels designated outfielder Alfredo Marte for assignment.

Angels add two to 40-man roster but leave former first-round pick off

latimes.com — The Angels on Thursday added catcher Jett Bandy and right-handed pitcher Danny Reynolds to their 40-man roster, a move that will protect both prospects from being selected in the Rule 5 draft in December. To clear room for Bandy and Reynolds, pitcher Michael Roth and catcher Jackson Williams were both designated for assignment.

Angels GM doesn't seem eager to trade 2nd baseman Howie Kendrick

latimes.com — Howie Kendrick is drawing the most trade interest among Angels players this winter, which is hardly a surprise. The 31-year-old second baseman has been one of baseball's most consistent hitters for years and is coming off a highly productive 2014 season in which he hit .293 with seven homers, 33 doubles and 75 runs batted in.

Angels sign two pitchers, two catchers to minor league deals

latimes.com — The Angels have signed starting pitcher Alex Sanabia, reliever Atahualpa Severino and catchers Charles Cutler and Raywilly Gomez to minor league deals with invitations to spring training, General Manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed Tuesday. Sanabia, a 26-year-old right-hander, appeared in 28 games for the Miami Marlins from 2010 to 2013, going 3-7 with a 4.88 earned-run average.

Angels' Mike Trout: from can't-miss kid to likely AL MVP in five years

latimes.com — On a July afternoon five years ago, the possibilityof Mike Trout became quite apparent to the Angels manager. Before Trout's $144.5-million contract, before the custom Nike cleats bearing the colors of a rainbow trout that he wore in the All-Star game this year, before the on-field exploits that attached a sense of awe to each mention of his name, the 17-year-old prospect smacked pitch after pitch over the right-field wall at Angel Stadium during a workout.

Faith, family, community keep Angels' Albert Pujols grounded

latimes.com — After a Sunday morning filled with hitting, fielding, throwing and base-running drills at Albert Pujols' baseball camp, dozens of kids gathered around home plate at Orange High for a brief chat and question-and-answer session with the Angels first baseman. "How do you calm yourself down in pressure situations?"

Angels acquire Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos for prospect Mark Sappington

latimes.com — Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto wasted no time putting his off-season plan into motion. Within two hours of trading catcher Hank Conger to Houston for two prospects on Wednesday, he acquired veteran left-hander Cesar Ramos from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league pitcher Mark Sappington.

Angels trade catcher Hank Conger to Astros for prospects

latimes.com — The Angels traded backup catcher Hank Conger to the Houston Astros for triple-A right-hander Nick Tropeano and catcher Carlos Perez on Wednesday, a deal that gives them the type of young, inexpensive pitcher they covet.

Angels expect to extend free agent austerity program another winter

latimes.com — It’s open season on baseball’s free agents, but don’t expect the Angels to do any big-game hunting. It figures to be another winter of prudent spending for the club that lavished $317.5 million on Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in December of 2011 and $125 million on Josh Hamilton in December of 2012.

Alex Rodriguez allegedly paid cousin $1 million to cover up PED use

chicagotribune.com — New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez paid his cousin nearly $1 million in hush money to cover up Rodriguez's use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to court documents filed last week in Miami.
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Nov 26, 2014

Pretty amazed, but happy to see, Ernesto Frieri get a major league deal from #Rays, who have knack for relief reclamation projects.

Nov 25, 2014

RT @mtRoth29: Thank you to the @Angels! Some great people in that organization. Looking forward to the next adventure!

Nov 25, 2014

#Angels LHP Michael Roth cleared waivers but has elected free agency. Alfredo Marte and Jackson Williams cleared waivers, sent to triple-A.

Nov 24, 2014

World Series-champion #Giants full playoff share was $388,606, a record-high.

Nov 24, 2014

#Angels, who lost in division series, issued 57 full playoff shares, each of which was valued at $29,844, 8 partial shares, 29 cash awards.

Nov 24, 2014

RT @Dstad17: @BillShaikin Didn't realize rollovers to second base and blown out hammys got u on the #HOF2014 ballot!?

Nov 21, 2014

RT @BleacherReport: VIDEO: A goalkeeper saves 5 penalties with his face (despite his efforts to escape) ble.ac/14Uvs9C pic.twitter.com/fQ32YNIlfW

Nov 20, 2014

New #Angels OF Daniel Robertson hit .271 (48/177) with 23 R, 9 2Bs and 21 RBIs in 70 games (41 starts) for #Rangers in 2014.

Nov 20, 2014

#Angels announce they've acquired OF Daniel Robertson from #Rangers for player to be named or cash. OF Alfredo Marte DFA'd.

Nov 20, 2014

Blog on #Angels' move to add C Jett Bandy and RHP Danny Reynolds, but not 3B Kaleb Cowart, to 40-man roster. lat.ms/11HP53w

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