To create room on the Angels' 40-man roster, utility infielder Shawn O'Malley was released.
LOS ANGELES -- The face for one of baseball's great anomalies -- a major trade between the crosstown Angels and Dodgers -- arrived with a stylish plaid shirt, a pearly white smile and two charming young boys, one of whom ultimately seized control of the microphone on Friday morning.
Howie Kendrick -- and 3-year-old Tyson, and 5-year-old Owen -- is a Dodger now, coming over from the Angels in the first significant deal between the two teams since a reliever named Jim Brewer did the opposite in 1975.
ANAHEIM -- Minor League utility player Matt Long was sent from the Angels to the Dodgers on Thursday as the player to be named in the Dec. 9 trade for veteran catcher Drew Butera.
Long, a 27-year-old left-handed hitter who plays all three outfield positions and second base, was then flipped to the Brewers along with reliever Jarret Martin for catcher Shawn Zarraga.
ANAHEIM -- When Frank Anderson first saw Andrew Heaney walk into the Oklahoma State University campus in the fall of 2009, the young left-hander was carrying 140 pounds on a 6-foot-2 frame.
"He was just a string bean," said Anderson, the longtime Oklahoma State baseball coach who is now an assistant at the University of Houston. "I always joked around that he looked like one of those Dr. Seuss characters."
Joyce, a left-handed hitter with experience at both corner outfield spots, will get the majority of the at-bats at designated hitter, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said on a conference call. Joyce's presence also allows Josh Hamilton to DH more frequently while letting the right-handed-hitting C.J. Cron match up mostly against opposing left-handers.
ANAHEIM -- There was the last seven weeks of the 2013 season, a 44-game stretch that saw Josh Hamilton hit .327/.384/.500 to lift his spirits as he braced for the winter, and the first eight games of 2014, when he hit .444/.545/.741 to provide hope for a potential bounce-back year.
"We have seen good versions of Josh," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "We just need to figure out how to make that a longer window."
Los Angeles Angels infielder Eric Stamets was a three-sport athlete at Scioto High School in Dublin, Ohio. He played baseball, basketball and football, and he hit .541 with a 15-for-15 success in stolen bases as a senior.
Wanting to play baseball in a small school environment, Stamets was a standout shortstop for the University of Evansville. He was a first-team Freshman All American selection and went on to excel in both offense and defense throughout his career. As a junior, he hit .316 and stole 30 bases. But it was his defense at shortstop that sparked scouts' interest in Stamets.
Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
ANAHEIM -- Former Angels first-round pick Ryan Bolden was shot and killed in Georgia on Wednesday night, according to local reports. Bolden, 23, was in the Angels organization from 2010-13. The team was informed of his passing on Thursday.
The deadly shooting took place in College Park, Ga., and started as a fight over candy, according to a report from FOX 5 in nearby Atlanta. Investigators told FOX 5 that children between the ages of 10 and 11 were arguing about the candy when adults got involved around 8:30 p.m. ET and things turned violent.
ANAHEIM -- Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill called Andrew Heaney twice in a five-minute span, first to tell the 23-year-old left-hander he was traded to the Dodgers in a seven-player deal and then to tell him he was being flipped to the Angels in exchange for second baseman Howie Kendrick.
Josh Rutledge, dealt from the Rockies to the Angels at almost the same time, was asleep.
SAN DIEGO -- The Angels didn't go into the Winter Meetings expecting much activity, then they traded their longtime second baseman, acquired one of baseball's best pitching prospects, found a left-handed bat, a backup catcher and a couple of utility infielders.
Now the Angels have a wealth of starting pitching depth -- who would've envisioned that 12 months ago? -- and are roughly $15 million below the luxury-tax threshold, which begs the question: What's next?
SAN DIEGO -- Like their geographical rivals to the north, with whom they completed a rare swap late Wednesday night, the Angels appear intent on expanding their horizons, living with one eye cast on the future while striking the balance of staying in the moment.
The watchword for general manager Jerry Dipoto is sustainability in the wake of the swap of longtime pillar Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers for promising left-hander Andrew Heaney. The mission is to stay competitive now -- minus one valued weapon -- while building a firm foundation for the future. If it seems to conflict with the motives of their high-profile signings of recent years, so be it.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
So much can happen on Twitter -- random department store employees can become famous, celebrities can share their star-studded selfies, restaurants can taunt prominent musicians and fans can interact with their favorite baseball players.
On Wednesday, Twitter shared their data of the most mentioned MLBers, and the list probably won't surprise you:
SAN DIEGO -- The Angels added another infielder in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning, acquiring Taylor Featherston from the Cubs in a prearranged deal.
Featherston was plucked from the Rockies' system by the Cubs earlier in the Draft. The 25-year-old right-handed hitter was a fifth-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft and has a .276/.346/.457 slash line in his Minor League career, seeing a lot of action at second base and shortstop with some experience at third.
SAN DIEGO -- The Angels pulled off a couple of one-for-one trades just as the final full day of the Winter Meetings was winding down, sending homegrown second baseman Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers for starting pitching prospect Andrew Heaney and acquiring infielder Josh Rutledge from the Rockies for relief prospect Jairo Diaz.
Both moves shared a common purpose.
SAN DIEGO -- Will 2015 be the year Mike Trout moves into the prominent No. 3 spot of the Angels' lineup on a full-time basis?
Mike Scioscia is thinking about it.
SAN DIEGO -- Dick Enberg, the iconic announcer for NBC and CBS Sports who is currently a television voice of the San Diego Padres, is the winner of the 2015 Ford C. Frick Award, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday.
"This is the high point of my broadcast life today," said Enberg, his eyes red and choking back tears during a news conference at the Winter Meetings. "It's too good to be true. Especially in light of those who are so qualified to earn this Ford Frick Award. Just to make the final 10, it was such a privilege to be on that same list. How does it get any better than this, huh?"
SAN DIEGO -- The Angels acquired veteran catcher Drew Butera from the Dodgers for a player to be named or cash considerations on Tuesday, addressing their need for depth behind the plate on the second day of the Winter Meetings.
Butera, 31, will compete with Carlos Perez, Jackson Williams and Jett Bandy for the backup job behind Chris Iannetta, but unlike the other three players, Butera can't be optioned to the Minor Leagues.
"The Mets finally gave up on Nolan Ryan's wandering fastball today." So opens the New York Times article from December 10, 1971 outlining Ryan's trade to the then-California Angels 43 years ago Wednesday. On its anniversary, what better time than now to see what people were saying about the trade on the day it happened?
In return for Ryan and three prospects, the Mets received shortstop Jim Fregosi from the Angels, and at the time, the deal seemed to be in the Mets' favor.
SAN DIEGO -- Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto isn't a headliner this time at the annual Winter Meetings.
After three years on center stage, he's been shuttled off to the side, not making many headlines, but making moves, just the same, that he feels will help the team make that next step toward a World Series championship.
Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
SAN DIEGO -- Cuban middle infielder Roberto Baldoquin recently obtained his visitor's visa from the Dominican Republic, is currently in Miami and will fly to Southern California next week, where he'll undergo physical examinations in hopes of finalizing his $8 million signing bonus before Christmas.
Before then, the Angels may add even more infielders.
SAN DIEGO -- It's almost as if the entire industry is waiting for the Angels to shock us all again, to which Jerry Dipoto continually scoffs. There won't be any intricate trades to free up payroll flexibility, no late push to sign a big-name free agent, the fourth-year general manager reiterated on Monday.
"There are no secrets," Dipoto said. "There is no magic."
SAN DIEGO -- The Angels joined the rest of Major League Baseball in the fight against lung cancer on Monday, announcing a trio of auction items geared toward raising money for LUNGevity, a nonprofit organization that focuses on funding research for lung cancer.
The Angels will give away a Shoemaker bobblehead on May 29 against the Tigers, with Calhoun following June 12 against the A's and Richards on Aug. 7 against the Orioles. In tune with what has become an annual tradition, the Angels will also attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing sombreros on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) against the Mariners.
SAN DIEGO -- The Angels claimed Marc Krauss off waivers from the Astros on Monday, potentially shoring up their need for a left-handed power hitter off the bench on the first day of the Winter Meetings.
Krauss plays first base and both outfield corners, has two option years remaining and will compete for a spot on the Major League roster, where he can platoon with the right-handed-hitting C.J. Cron at designated hitter.
ANAHEIM -- Mike Trout, a unanimous choice for the American League's Most Valuable Player Award in mid-November, garnered another trophy on Saturday night, winning MLB.com's Greatness In Baseball Yearly Award for Everyday Player of the Year.
The awards, also known as the GIBBYs, were announced live on MLB Network and MLB.com.
ANAHEIM -- Angels starter Garrett Richards got the thumbs up from doctors at the Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Orange, Calif., on Thursday and can begin his throwing program on Monday, which is right around the time he would've started throwing in a normal offseason.
Richards, who suffered a torn patellar tendon in his left knee on Aug. 20, is "right on schedule," his agent, Fred Wray of Relativity Sports, said Friday. The 26-year-old right-hander also can start running by the start of the new year, 19 weeks post-op and about seven weeks before the start of Spring Training.
ANAHEIM -- Nick Francona, son of Indians manager Terry Francona, has left the Angels to take a job on the Dodgers' player-development staff.
Francona was hired prior to the 2014 season to serve as the Angels' replay coordinator, but spent the last couple months primarily in scouting and player development. Advanced scouting coordinator Jeremy Zoll monitored replay down the stretch last season, helping Mike Scioscia decide when to challenge a call on the field, and will take over on a full-time basis in 2015.
ANAHEIM -- The Angels have signed left-handed pitchers Adam Wilk and Edgar Ibarra to Minor League contracts with invitations to Spring Training.
Wilk, 26, made eight appearances for the Tigers from 2011-12 and spent the 2014 season mostly starting for the Pirates' Triple-A affiliate, posting a 4.72 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP and a 2.41 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 146 2/3 innings. Wilk was born in Anaheim, attended Long Beach State, spent the 2013 season pitching in Korea and was an 11th-round Draft pick by the Tigers in 2009.