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L.A. Times - Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim news including player information, game times, scores, rankings and more baseball news.

Last Build Date: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:35:55 -0800

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Angels sign backup catcher Rene Rivera

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 20:55:00 PST

The Angels signed Rene Rivera to a one-year, $2.8-million contract on Monday, adding a defensively savvy veteran to back up Martin Maldonado as catcher.

Rivera, 34, has played nine seasons in the major leagues, never getting 300 at-bats in a season. He batted .252 with 10 home runs in 74 games...


Shohei Ohtani bids farewell to fans in Japan before making the trip to join the Angels

Mon, 25 Dec 2017 15:30:00 PST

Los Angeles Angels-bound Shohei Ohtani bid farewell to fans of his former Japanese club on Monday as he sets off to join his new Major League Baseball team.

The star pitcher and hitter wore an Angels jersey to his news conference. He opened with an introduction in English, saying: “Long time, no...


Letters: Dick Enberg never lost his touch

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 14:35:00 PST

When I first heard of Dick Enberg passing away, it brought back terrific memories of many sporting events he was a part of over the years. His versatility as a broadcaster was second to none. He was like a great point guard who made everyone around him better. Dick Enberg seemed to have so fun...


Letters: Dodgers don't appear willing to pay the price to the next step

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:20:00 PST

How can the Dodgers not afford Giancarlo Stanton? I’m reminded of how much money they have every time I can’t watch their games on TV.

Jack Wishard

Los Angeles


The Dodgers' Friedman and Zaidi are becoming the Penn and Teller of Major League Baseball. The reality Dodgers fans expect has become...


Angels sign free agent Zack Cozart and will move him to third base

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:50:00 PST

The Angels have settled the prominent pieces of their 2018 roster in striking fashion. On Friday, they signed longtime shortstop Zack Cozart to a three-year contract worth $38 million. They plan to play him at third base, where his defensive acumen should supply the club with one of baseball’s...


MLB to investigate leak of Shohei Ohtani's medical test results

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:30:00 PST

Major League Baseball plans to investigate whether a rival team official leaked the private medical information of new Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani, a source confirmed.

ESPN first reported MLB’s intentions.

On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports published excerpts of a recent physical examination Ohtani...


Angels acquire Ian Kinsler from Tigers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:40:00 PST

The Angels on Wednesday acquired veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler from the Detroit Tigers, filling a need with a proven player. Several teams engaged in discussions with Detroit, but only the Angels convinced Kinsler to waive his no-trade clause.

Kinsler has a long history of offensive success,...


New Angel Shohei Ohtani's elbow injury has not derailed other pitchers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:40:00 PST

Pitching causes tears within pitchers’ elbows. It always has. Evidence shows that the harder pitchers throw, the more likely significant tears are to develop, and the more likely they are to eventually require surgery to fix those tears. New Angel two-way player Shohei Ohtani throws exceptionally...


Oh no, Ohtani? Not really. Angels will be fine

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:30:00 PST

The Shohei Ohtani news might have captured the headlines in Southern California on Tuesday, but did you catch the Drew Smyly news?

The Chicago Cubs guaranteed Smyly $10 million. He is a starting pitcher, but he probably will not start a game for them next year because he is coming off Tommy John...


Shohei Ohtani signing has Angels strongly considering a six-man rotation

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:15:00 PST

Indications are the Angels will use something resembling a six-man rotation to begin next season, a marked departure from orthodoxy and something that general manager Billy Eppler framed Tuesday as a sort of moral imperative.

Eppler has entertained the idea for years now, and nearly attempted it...


The next Shohei Ohtani is already waiting in the wings

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:50:00 PST

The process figures to be repeated next winter, if not the next: another hard-throwing pitcher from Japan becoming available and the Dodgers scrambling to sign him.

Only next time, the Dodgers will have to spend less time educating their target about what they’re about. Yusei Kikuchi already knows.


Angels are making plans for when Shohei Ohtani joins the club

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:50:00 PST

Shohei Ohtani, the surprise Angel, returned with much fanfare Monday to his native Japan. Once a work visa is in his possession, the Angels expect their new two-way player to return to Southern California sometime in January and arrive at spring training in Tempe, Ariz., ahead of the Feb. 13 report...


Dodgers Dugout: It's OK that the Dodgers didn't get Giancarlo Stanton or Shohei Ohtani

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 09:00:00 PST

Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell, and I’m waiting to see what Santa brings the Dodgers for Christmas.

Strike three?

So what’s the big news since last we talked? Well, the Dodgers didn’t get Giancarlo Stanton. They didn’t get Shohei Ohtani. And they...


With Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton off the market, where will Dodgers turn?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:25:00 PST

The question arose after the Dodgers fell one victory short of capturing the World Series. It resurfaced late last week, after Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels and the New York Yankees ponied up the cash to pry reigning National League most valuable player Giancarlo Stanton...


Here's what Angels will be shopping for at winter meetings after signing Shohei Ohtani

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 15:40:00 PST

The Angels committed only $22.315 million to earn the rights to Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani for at least the next six seasons. Thanks to Major League Baseball rules limiting bonuses to international free agents who have not yet turned 25, they paid a deeply discounted price for baseball’s...


Shohei Ohtani shines in the spotlight of stardom during Angels introduction

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 21:55:00 PST

So the reasons Shohei Ohtani signed with the Angels remain a mystery, hidden somewhere behind his boyish smile and camouflaged by his polite diction.

There were no major revelations at Ohtani’s introductory news conference Saturday, as the two-way player from Japan reiterated what his representatives...


Angels introduce Japanese star Shohei Ohtani, their prized signing

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 20:00:00 PST

Shohei Ohtani packed a warm velvet suit for this occasion. When the Japanese two-way sensation arrived in the United States last month, he was unsure what weather would await at his ultimate destination. More than two dozen Major League Baseball teams courted him in a circus-like environment, and...


For Shohei Ohtani, it's about wanting to win a certain way

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 16:25:00 PST

You heard it when Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani informed the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox he wouldn’t sign with them. You heard it again Friday when Ohtani decided to sign with the Angels instead of the Dodgers or Chicago Cubs.

Doesn’t Ohtani want to win?

Of course he does. He just...


Shohei Ohtani agrees to sign with Angels

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 15:50:00 PST

The Angels pulled off a massive surprise Friday, earning the commitment of Japan’s Shohei Ohtani, one of the most widely wooed prospects in baseball history.

Ohtani, a pitcher with a triple-digit fastball and hitter with tape-measure power, agreed to sign with the Angels for relative peanuts, a...


Congrats on getting Ohtani, Angels. Don't let up now

Fri, 8 Dec 2017 13:10:00 PST

The year that could define the history of a franchise is 2020. That is the last year of Mike Trout’s contract. The Angels never have won a postseason game with him, and it would be the cruelest possible look if the best player in baseball decided he needed to sign elsewhere in free agency for the...


Angels acquire more international pool money to dangle at Shohei Ohtani

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 19:45:00 PST

The Angels on Wednesday acquired $1 million in international bonus pool money from the Minnesota Twins, money they can now offer to Japanese pitcher/hitter Shohei Ohtani. The 23-year-old has the Angels as one of his seven finalists and met with them earlier this week.

Ohtani opted to come to Major...


Bill Shaikin on Baseball: How Shohei Ohtani might fit in as Dodger or Angel

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 19:05:00 PST

The lunch rush was in full force Tuesday, and the sushi was efficiently delivered to scores of diners on a conveyor belt. Kura might not be a household name in the United States, but the revolving sushi bar has hundreds of locations in Japan.

“It’s kind of like Starbucks over there,” said Eric...


Angels agree to terms with top 17-year-old prospect Kevin Maitan

Tue, 5 Dec 2017 11:10:00 PST

The Angels struck a deal Tuesday with 17-year-old Venezuelan shortstop Kevin Maitan, a onetime top prospect declared a free agent last month by Major League Baseball.

Maitan was considered the best player available in the 2016-2017 international class, and he received a $4.25-million bonus to...


One key factor in Ohtani's decision will be which team can be patient with his desire to pitch and hit

Mon, 4 Dec 2017 13:45:00 PST

Back in September, as Hiroshi Sasaki told stories about Shohei Ohtani in a visitor’s room at Hanamaki Higashi High School, the longtime baseball coach paused to ask a question of his own.

Would Ohtani be criticized for trying to play both ways in the major leagues?

Sasaki, who coached Ohtani in...


After ruling out several teams, Japanese star Shohei Ohtani expected to meet with Dodgers

Sun, 3 Dec 2017 19:50:00 PST

The Dodgers and Angels are expected to meet with Shohei Ohtani this week as the recruitment of the Japanese two-way star intensifies, according to people familiar with the situation.

The Dodgers and Angels are believed to be on a short list of clubs who drew Ohtani’s interest, and he appears to...