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11/21/2014 | Inbox: What do the Angels see in Baldoquin?

The Angels were busy early in the offseason, locking up Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin in one deal, and a lot will still happen this winter, but conventional wisdom suggests that a lot of it won't involve the Angels. Beat reporter Alden Gonzalez answers Angels' fans questions in his latest Inbox.

11/20/2014 | Angels protect pair from Rule 5 Draft, but not Cowart

The Angels added catcher Jett Bandy and right-hander Dan Reynolds to the 40-man roster on Thursday, protecting both from exposure in the upcoming Rule 5 Draft. Third baseman Kaleb Cowart, the former No. 1 pick who has seen his stock plummet after back-to-back rough seasons in Double-A, has been left unprotected and can be plucked from the organization in the Rule 5 Draft on Dec. 11.

11/20/2014 | One for the road: Santiago starts MLB All-Stars finale

Angels left-hander Hector Santiago had only pitched one inning of relief during the Major League Baseball All-Stars squad's tour of Japan, but he got his chance to start in Thursday's exhibition against Samurai Japan at Okinawa Cellular Stadium.

11/19/2014 | Ex-Hamilton aide Narron joins Angels' Triple-A team

The Angels have hired Johnny Narron, Josh Hamilton's former accountability partner, to be the new hitting coach at Triple-A Salt Lake, an industry source confirmed on Wednesday.

11/18/2014 | Angels hire Anderson to manage Triple-A club

The Angels have brought in longtime Dodgers infielder and former Rangers coach Dave Anderson to be their new Triple-A manager, a position vacated after Keith Johnson was moved to roving infield coordinator.

11/18/2014 | Stanton's deal brings Trout's more into focus

Mike Trout once was thought to be the player to set the financial precedent. Many believed Trout was going to sign the first $300 million contract, become the richest man in his sport and set a new standard on Major League Baseball's salary scale. Then along came Giancarlo Stanton.

11/18/2014 | After exciting tour, MLB All-Stars set for finale in Okinawa

The MLB All-Stars will end their tour with an exhibition match against Japan's national team on Thursday in Okinawa at 6 p.m. JT (4 a.m. ET) on MLB Network and MLB.TV.

11/18/2014 | MLB follows Shoemaker to victory over Japan

The assembled team of MLB All-Stars ended the official Japan All-Star Series on a high note Tuesday, beating Samurai Japan, 3-1, behind the strong right arm of the Angels' Matt Shoemaker.

11/16/2014 | Blevins, Santiago awed by Kabuki at theater in Tokyo

Jerry Blevins and Hector Santiago received VIP treatment Sunday morning at Kabuki-za, one of Japan's most famous theaters. There, they learned about the art of Kabuki, a traditional style of Japanese performance famous for its elaborate costumes and makeup.

11/15/2014 | Top performances, prospects from 2014 Fall League

The Arizona Fall League is known as baseball's finishing school because it has graduated a ton of talent to the Major Leagues since it began play in 1992. Here are the development highlights from the AFL's 23rd season for all 30 big league organizations.

11/14/2014 | Angels coaches see Trout dialing back on K's

Amid all the impressive context surrounding Mike Trout's AL MVP Award -- youngest unanimous MVP in history, fifth-youngest MVP ever -- came a pessimistic stat that doesn't sit well with the Angels' center fielder: Most strikeouts ever by an MVP.

11/14/2014 | MLB stars take part in Japanese tea ceremony

A day after arriving to Tokyo from Osaka via bullet train, Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler, Cardinals reliever Randy Choate and Angels pitcher Hector Santiago participated in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony on Friday, several hours before their game against the Japanese National Team at the Tokyo Dome.

11/13/2014 | Trout, Kershaw the right picks for MVP Awards

This was not Mike Trout's best season, or even his second best. But he deserved the American League Most Valuable Player Award. Pitchers winning the MVP always feels a little icky. But Clayton Kershaw deserved the National League MVP Award, too.

11/13/2014 | No doubt as Trout unanimous AL MVP Award winner

Mike Trout has been considered the best all-around player in the game, and now the Angels' center fielder has the trophy to help back that claim. Trout was named the American League's Most Valuable Player on Thursday, an honor that became a foregone conclusion after yet another superb season.

11/12/2014 | MLB and MLBPA finalize list of Super Two qualifiers

Only the top 22 percent of players between two and three years of service time qualify for arbitration, provided they had at least 86 days of service time this season. This year's list is headlined by Mets closer Jenrry Mejia, Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera, Angels pitcher Garrett Richards, Dodgers second baseman Dee Gordon, Astros slugger Chris Carter, A's third baseman Josh Donaldson and Yankees pitcher David Phelps.

11/12/2014 | Trout is clear favorite to win AL MVP Award

Mike Trout is among three MVP Award finalists in the AL, along with Indians outfielder Michael Brantley and Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez. But you'd be hard-pressed to find a player, coach, executive, fan or media member who doesn't think the Angels' center fielder deserves to win.

11/12/2014 | Shoemaker solid over five innings in outing in Japan

In his first outing since the American League Division Series, Angels starter Matt Shoemaker held the Japanese national team to two runs over five effective innings in the MLB All-Stars' 2-0 loss in Game 1 of the Japan Series from the Kyocera Dome in Osaka, Japan, on Wednesday.

11/11/2014 | Scioscia second in AL Manager of the Year Award voting

Angels manager Mike Scioscia finished second in balloting for the American League Manager of the Year Award on Tuesday, losing to Buck Showalter after the Orioles' skipper garnered 25 of 30 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

11/11/2014 | Extension talks with Street likely to wait until spring

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto picked up closer Huston Street's $7 million club option for 2015 shortly after the World Series, and he may explore a contract extension with the 31-year-old right-hander before Opening Day. Those talks, however, probably won't occur until the start of Spring Training.

11/11/2014 | Nats' Williams, Orioles' Showalter win Manager of Year Awards

The Nationals' Matt Williams and the Orioles' Buck Showalter were announced as the 2014 Manager of the Year Award winners, as chosen by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

11/11/2014 | Japan Series opens with intriguing pitching duel

If the main event of this month's Japan All-Star Series needed any more juice, today's pitching matchup promises to provide it: an American League Rookie of the Year Award runner-up vs. a potential candidate for the 2015 award.

11/10/2014 | Shoemaker finishes second in AL ROY Award race

Most years, Matt Shoemaker's unforeseen-yet-impressive 2014 season would've garnered serious consideration for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. But this year belonged to White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, and Monday's results, which saw Abreu garner the award unanimously, only solidified that point.

11/10/2014 | Chance to strengthen leg has Pujols excited

Albert Pujols is in the early stages of what can be considered his first normal offseason in three years, and that has the Angels' first baseman thinking something crazy: That he can improve on a solid year in his age-35 season.

11/10/2014 | Angels, Pestano avoid arbitration with one-year pact

The Angels avoided arbitration with one of their 10 eligible players on Monday, agreeing on a one-year, $1.15 million contract with sidearm reliever Vinnie Pestano and thus maintaining their wealth of power right-handed bullpen arms.

11/10/2014 | Scioscia's creativity, leadership make him MOY worthy

The odds don't favor Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who's up against Buck Showalter of the Orioles and Ned Yost of the Royals for the 2014 American League Manager of the Year Award. But Scioscia deserves a lot credit for turning the Angels around -- one year after thinking his job may be in danger.

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