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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.

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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...


Angels offer arbitration to all 10 eligible players

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 16:30:00 PST

The Angels offered arbitration to their 10 eligible players ahead of Friday's 5 p.m. Pacific time deadline.

Right-handed starters Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker and JC Ramirez were tendered contracts, as were left-handed starters Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney. Those five could form the Angels'...


It's official: Japanese star Shohei Ohtani is open to MLB negotiations

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 11:35:00 PST

The three-week recruiting frenzy to sign Shohei Ohtani, the enigmatic 23-year-old star from Japan, kicked off Friday afternoon when the 30 owners of Major League Baseball ratified a posting agreement with Nippon Professional Baseball and allowed the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters to make Ohtani available.


Angels acquire pitcher Jim Johnson from Atlanta, improve their position in Shohei Ohtani chase

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:10:00 PST

The Angels on Thursday acquired veteran reliever Jim Johnson from Atlanta and better positioned themselves in the chase for a bigger offseason prize.

They also received $1.21 million in international bonus pool money, which they can dangle in the coming days to Japanese hitter/pitcher Shohei Ohtani.


Angels hire former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus for front office post

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 12:40:00 PST

The Angels on Wednesday hired former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to be a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, finished his long major league career as a Dodger in 2010. The Tigers hired him three years later. After he posted a .486 winning percentage in four seasons,...


Angels hire Josh Paul as their bench coach

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:35:00 PST

The Angels on Tuesday hired former big league catcher Josh Paul to be their bench coach.

Paul most recently worked as the New York Yankees’ minor league catching coordinator, and previously held other roles in the organization as a scout and minor league manager. He at times reported to then-Yankee...


Jim Thome, Chipper Jones join Hall of Fame ballot; Dodgers make roster moves

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:55:00 PST

Third baseman Chipper Jones and first baseman-designated hitter Jim Thome are among 19 newcomers on the Hall of Fame ballot announced Monday.

Former San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short of election last year, and former Angels and Montreal Expos outfielder Vladimir...


Angels are hoping for an improved offensive performance from everyone, especially Albert Pujols

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:55:00 PST

Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols’ on-base percentage ranked in the fifth percentile among qualified major league hitters last year. Billy Eppler, the Angels’ general manager, has said improving his club’s offense is his offseason priority. Within that, on-base percentage is his specified...


Angels likely to wait out free-agent market for starting pitching

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 21:55:00 PST

The Angels maintain they are confident in their seven-strong starting-pitching depth. They also maintained they were confident in their starting-pitching depth the last two winters.

That depth did not prove sufficient. So it would make sense for the Angels to acquire help to supplement their stable.


Angels looking for a left-handed bat and already have eyes on one as offseason opens

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 18:40:00 PST

With only one proven second baseman available in free agency, the trade market at the position could resemble a game of musical chairs, Angels general manager Billy Eppler acknowledged Monday.

Surely, he will take a seat somewhere this winter. But between first and third base, where the Angels...


Angels to shop for a second baseman at general managers meetings

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:45:00 PST

The Angels’ front-office contingent will arrive at this week’s general managers meetings in Orlando, Fla., with one clear and present need: a second baseman. There are more additions they would prefer to make, but in the 90 days before spring training starts, the closest thing to a certainty is...


Dodgers' Seager, Angels' Upton win Silver Slugger awards

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 16:20:00 PST

Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Angels left fielder Justin Upton each won a Silver Slugger award on Thursday.

The award honors the best offensive player at each position, as voted by managers and coaches in each league.

Seager won the National League Silver Slugger award for the second time...


Two Angels win Gold Gloves

Tue, 7 Nov 2017 20:15:00 PST

Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons and catcher Martin Maldonado each won a Gold Glove award, marking the first time in 15 years the Angels had two Gold Glove winners.

Simmons, widely considered baseball’s best defensive shortstop, won his third Gold Glove. Maldonado won his first, in his first...


Angels make first move of the offseason, re-sign Justin Upton to five-year deal

Thu, 2 Nov 2017 15:55:00 PDT

On the first day of the offseason, the Angels re-signed Justin Upton to a five-year, $106-million contract, extending the slugging left fielder’s agreement another year to keep him away from free agency.

Upton, 30, had the right to opt out of four years and $88.5 million left on his contract. He...