Los Angeles Angels beat writer for Los Angeles Times

Angels pick up closer Huston Street's 2015 option for $7 million

latimes.com — The Angels wasted no time making two of their easiest decisions of the off-season Thursday, exercising closer Huston Street's $7-million option for 2015 and declining a $4.5-million option on injured reliever Sean Burnett. Street, acquired from the San Diego Padres on July 18, was the final piece of a bullpen makeover that helped transform the Angels from an American League West contender into a division force.

Joe Maddon return to Angels appears unlikely

latimes.com — Angels Manager Mike Scioscia said he spoke to Joe Maddon on Wednesday yet had no indication that Maddon was on the verge of opting out of his contract as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. When told of the news Friday morning, Scioscia said, "Wow, really? I didn't even know he had an opt-out."

Angels claim catcher Jackson Williams off waivers from Rockies

latimes.com — The Angels claimed veteran minor league catcher Jackson Williams, 28, off waivers from the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday. Williams, a supplemental first-round pick of the San Francisco Giants out of the University of Oklahoma in 2007, has played 663 games in eight minor league seasons, including most of the last five years at triple-A.

Giants' Jake Peavy, Angels' Josh Hamilton are emotional contrasts

latimes.com — San Francisco Giants right-hander Jake Peavy , who will start Game 2 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night, has always been a pitcher who wears his heart on his sleeve … and his cap, his jersey, his pants and his stirrups, for that matter.

How would Royals respond to loss? Rays Manager Joe Maddon wants to know

latimes.com — It's not as if Joe Maddon is rooting against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series, which begins Tuesday night with Game 1 against the San Francisco Giants in Kauffman Stadium. The Tampa Bay manager remains close with Royals Game 1 starter James Shields, who pitched seven seasons for the Rays (2006-2012) under Maddon before being traded to Kansas City before 2013.

Angels announce 2015 spring training schedule

latimes.com — The Angels will open their 2015 spring training exhibition schedule with a March 5 game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the team announced on Thursday. The Cactus League home schedule features 15 games, including a March 8 game against the defending American League champion Kansas City Royals and a March 28 game against the Dodgers.

A New Home For Sappington

baseballamerica.com — LOS ANGELES-Mark Sappington was crushed on July 5 when high Class A Inland Empire manager Denny Hocking and pitching coach Matt Wise informed him he would be bumped from the [...] ... Click here to log in and read the full article. Minors |#Los Angeles Angels #Mark Sappington #Michael Kohn #Organization Report #Shawn O'Malley FIVE YEARS AGO 1.

Angels learn that regular-season success doesn't carry over to playoffs

sacbee.com — Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout worked their way around the perimeter of the spacious visiting clubhouse in Kauffman Stadium on Sunday night, exchanging hugs with teammates and coaches. It was so quiet in the wake of Kansas City's three-game American League division series sweep of the Los Angeles Angels that the heavy pats on the back from each hug echoed throughout the room.

Angels learn that regular-season success doesn't carry over

latimes.com — Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout worked their way around the perimeter of the spacious visiting clubhouse in Kauffman Stadium on Sunday night, exchanging hugs with teammates and coaches. It was so quiet in the wake of Kansas City's three-game American League division series sweep of the Angels that the heavy pats on the back from each hug echoed throughout the room.

Angels' season ends as hitters flail, Wilson fails and Royals sweep

sacbee.com — General Manager Jerry Dipoto was convinced the Los Angeles Angels could win not only Sunday night's do-or-die game against the Kansas City Royals "but 10 more games" if they could get their high-powered offense on track. "This team can be electric when we get it rolling," Dipoto said.
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Oct 30, 2014

The #Angels wasted no time securing closer Huston Street for next season, picking up his $7-million option. lat.ms/1rXWYrz

Oct 30, 2014

#Angels also returned LHP Brian Moran, a Rule 5 pick who missed season after TJ surgery, to #Mariners triple-A team.

Oct 30, 2014

As expected, #Angels have exercised $7-million option for closer Huston Street.

Oct 29, 2014

@BillShaikin If you are hearing voices, that's a great one to hear.

Oct 29, 2014

And for all you kids (and Josh Hamiltons) out there needing further proof you shouldn't dive head-first into 1B, there you go.

Oct 29, 2014

RT @GabeLacques: Right now Usain Bolt's like, "Dude, why did you dive through the tape?"

Oct 29, 2014

RT @TylerKepner: As Bobby Valentine liked to say, if it got you there faster, sprinters would dive across the finish line.

Oct 29, 2014

RT @PWSullivan: Officials huddling to determine whether Game 7 is really necessary in light of Maddon report.

Oct 29, 2014

Interesting thoughts from Jack Morris, who says if you're gonna pitch MadBum, why not start him? From @BillShaikin. fw.to/0ANKn5M

Oct 29, 2014

RT @BillShaikin: Jack Morris thinks Bumgarner should start tonight, could have started Games 1, 4 and 7: fw.to/0ANKn5M #SFGiants

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