Simmons gearing up for 2017 Classic

Simmons gearing up for 2017 Classic

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Four years ago, Angels infielder Andrelton Simmons played a pivotal role in helping the Netherlands reach the semifinals of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Simmons, a native of Curacao, started at shortstop and hit .333 with two home runs, three doubles and six RBIs in eight games, an effort that helped the Netherlands secure its best finish in the tournament.

Next week, Simmons will depart for Seoul to represent the Netherlands in his second career World Baseball Classic. He'll join a loaded infield that will also feature the Yankees' Didi Gregorius, the Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts, the Orioles' Jonathan Schoop and the Rangers' Jurickson Profar, many of whom are childhood friends of Simmons.

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Glove at first sight for Bailey and his mitts

Glove at first sight for Bailey and his mitts

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was an exciting day at Angels camp for right-hander Andrew Bailey, who received his new gloves for the season on Glove Day from Wilson Sporting Goods representatives on Monday morning at Tempe Diablo Stadium.

"I got my new whips!" Bailey said.

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Maybin up for challenge as LF, tablesetter

Maybin up for challenge as LF, tablesetter

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Cameron Maybin will be adjusting to more than just a new team this spring.

Maybin, who was acquired from the Tigers in exchange for Minor League right-hander Victor Alcantara over the offseason, has spent most of his career as a center fielder but will now be charged with filling the Angels' void in left field.

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Carpino touts upgrades, on and off the field

Carpino touts upgrades, on and off the field

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's Presidents Day and the Angels are less than a week away from starting Cactus League play, so what better time to check in with club president John Carpino?

Carpino has been the Angels' president since 2009 and oversees all aspects of business, sales, marketing and communications. To commemorate Presidents Day, MLB.com asked Carpino to share three messages to Angels fans for the upcoming season.

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Pujols happy with progression, ready to run

Angels veteran has had no setbacks in recovery from foot surgery

Pujols happy with progression, ready to run

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols said Sunday that he's pleased with the progress he's made since reporting to Angels camp last week.

"It's been really good," Pujols said. "No soreness at all afterwards. That's a good sign anytime you get to start hitting and being in the cage and then moving around and doing agility. I expect myself to probably get a little sore when I get on the field because it's a different movement than being on carpet or whatever. I don't think I'll have any setbacks."

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Meyer makes adjustment to avoid injury

Angels prospect will compete for rotation spot

Meyer makes adjustment to avoid injury

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Manager Mike Scioscia was asked Sunday if any pitcher had stood out to him during the previous week's bullpen sessions at Tempe Diablo Stadium. It didn't take him long to produce a name.

"I think Alex Meyer is a guy that worked very hard with [Minor League pitching coach] Matty Wise on some performance-based exercises that he's brought in," Scioscia said. "He looked really good, and we obviously want him to maintain it."

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Trout lands with personal, team goals in mind

Trout lands with personal, team goals in mind

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mike Trout may be a two-time American League Most Valuable Player Award winner and a five-time All-Star, but he's still looking for ways to improve his game.

The Angels' star center fielder arrived to Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday ahead of the club's first full-squad workout and said that one of his goals this season is to steal 40 bases. It's a threshold he hasn't reached since stealing 49 as a rookie in 2012.

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Moreno: Halos will stay at Angel Stadium through '29

Moreno: Halos will stay at Angel Stadium through '29

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Owner Arte Moreno said Saturday that the Angels will play out their current lease in Anaheim, a move that will keep the team at Angel Stadium through at least 2029.

The Angels could have opted out of their current lease in 2019, but attempts to secure a new ballpark elsewhere have so far proved unsuccessful. Moreno also believes it takes a minimum of three years to acquire another site due to environmental regulations in California.

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SoCal native Espinosa embraces new team

Angels second baseman ready to return to familiar position

SoCal native Espinosa embraces new team

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Danny Espinosa knew his days in Washington were numbered after the Nationals acquired outfielder Adam Eaton from the White Sox in December. Eaton is slated to play center field for the Nationals, meaning Trea Turner would move back to his natural shortstop position and displace Espinosa.

"The second they traded for Eaton, I knew I was gone," Espinosa said Friday as Angels position players reported to Tempe Diablo Stadium. "I had to be gone. There's no way I could have stayed there."

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Former Halos Erstad, Percival reunite as rivals

Ex-teammates now coaches of Division I programs

Former Halos Erstad, Percival reunite as rivals

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former Angels Darin Erstad and Troy Percival reunited on the field Friday not as teammates, but as rivals.

Erstad's Nebraska Cornhuskers and Percival's UC Riverside Highlanders began a four-game series of Division I baseball at Tempe Diablo Stadium, with Riverside winning the opener, 4-3.

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Shoemaker has no anxiety about facing hitters

Angels righty to take next step after recovering from scary injury

Shoemaker has no anxiety about facing hitters

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Matt Shoemaker's 2016 season came to a sudden, terrifying end in September when he was struck on the head by a line drive, an injury that sent the 30-year-old Angels right-hander to the hospital for emergency brain surgery.

Shoemaker still bears a scar on the right side of his head from the incident, but he said he has no lingering apprehension about his health as he works toward returning to the mound for the Angels.

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Heaney expected to miss 2017 season

Angels starter is recovering from Tommy John surgery

Heaney expected to miss 2017 season

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Andrew Heaney's comeback from Tommy John surgery will have to wait until 2018.

Manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that Heaney will likely miss the entire season as he works his way back from ligament surgery on his left elbow.

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Street aims to win back closer job

Angels veteran feels healthy after injury-plagued 2016

Street aims to win back closer job

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It's been eight years since Huston Street arrived to Spring Training without a defined role on a club. The 33-year-old Angels right-hander has spent the majority of his career as a closer, but now he'll have to fight for the job, along with Cam Bedrosian and Andrew Bailey.

While Street made it clear that he wants to win the competition, he also stressed that his focus this spring will be to prepare for the season, particularly after injuries derailed his 2016 campaign.

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Gaze in wonder at Trout's awe-inspiring workout

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Gaze in wonder at Trout's awe-inspiring workout

How does one stay in MVP shape year after year? Just ask Mike Trout.

The Angels' star center fielder recently wrapped up some pre-Spring Training workouts back in New Jersey, and by the looks of it his workout plan was intense.

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Angels will monitor Skaggs' workload

Lefty ready for first full season after Tommy John surgery

Angels will monitor Skaggs' workload

TEMPE, Ariz. -- It took nearly two years for left-hander Tyler Skaggs to return from Tommy John surgery, and when he completed his comeback in July, he produced inconsistent results for the Angels.

Skaggs, 25, posted a 4.17 ERA over 49 2/3 innings in 2016, but the Angels are hoping he'll be able to bounce back and stay healthy in 2017 after enjoying a normal offseason.

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Weaver's absence felt in Angels' camp

Weaver's absence felt in Angels' camp

TEMPE, Ariz. -- A handful of new faces filtered in and out of the Angels' clubhouse at Tempe Diablo Stadium when pitchers and catchers reported Tuesday, but one familiar face was conspicuously absent: Jered Weaver.

For the last 11 years, Weaver has been a fixture at Angels camp, but he is currently in search of a new home. The 34-year-old right-hander's five-year, $85 million extension with the Halos expired at the end of last season and he remains a free agent, though he's recently been linked to the Padres.

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Richards looks to regain ace form

Right-hander dumps changeup in return from elbow injury

Richards looks to regain ace form

TEMPE, Ariz. -- For Garrett Richards, the final mental hurdle came when he took the mound in October during instructional league and experienced game action for the first time since tearing his right elbow ligament. After completing three rehab starts with no setbacks, Richards' confidence in the health of his arm was affirmed.

"When I take the mound now, I'm going to take the mound just like I did even if I didn't get hurt," said Richards, who avoided Tommy John surgery by receiving an injection of stem cells into his elbow in May. "Mentally and physically, I feel like I'm just ready to go. I don't have doubts in my mind or anything."

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Revere, Maybin reflect on Black History Month

Angels outfielders inspired by Jackie Robinson, proud to carry on his legacy

Revere, Maybin reflect on Black History Month

Angels outfielder Ben Revere is a history buff.

In high school, he loved taking courses on African-American history and learning about iconic figures such as Rosa Parks and Malcolm X. In his native Atlanta, Revere toured the house where Martin Luther King Jr. was born and explored the neighborhood where the famed civil rights leader grew up. In Washington, D.C., he visited the Lincoln Memorial, the site of King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Angels' 2017 version ready to assemble

Angels' 2017 version ready to assemble

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Angels squad each day this week. Today's topic: Spring Training is here.

General manager Billy Eppler spent most of the offseason quietly reshuffling the Angels' roster by filling key voids in the lineup and improving the club's depth. None of his moves were met with much fanfare, but they have collectively helped brew optimism about the upcoming season and ignite hope that the Angels will rebound from their 74-88 finish in 2016.

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Angels' roster hinges on health of stars

Richards hopes to regain ace status; Pujols recovering from surgery

Angels' roster hinges on health of stars

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com takes a look at a different aspect of this year's Angels squad each day this week. Today's topic: Predicting the 25-man roster.

After a winter of retooling, the Angels will head to Spring Training with an improved roster and a few crucial holes filled. After a disappointing fourth-place finish in the American League West last year, the Halos are hoping their additions will help launch them into contention in 2017. Here's a look at who appears primed to make the club's 25-man roster this year.

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Angels acquire pitcher Adams from Indians

Angels acquire pitcher Adams from Indians

The Angels acquired right-hander Austin Adams from the Indians on Friday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

In addition, the Angels designated right-hander Deolis Guerra for assignment.

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Angels banking on healed pitching staff

Injuries decimated Los Angeles' mound presence in 2016

Angels banking on healed pitching staff

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Angels squad each day this week. Today's topic: The perfect season.

For the Angels, the perfect season begins with a healthy and effective pitching staff. In 2016, the Halos' rotation was ravaged by injuries, which proved to be the primary culprit in the club's struggles.

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Wilson shifts focus to auto racing, dealerships

Wilson shifts focus to auto racing, dealerships

Former Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson is shifting his focus from the mound to the track.

In an interview with CBS Sports Radio on Thursday, Wilson said that he's decided to move into racing and running car dealerships full-time, though he did not rule out a possible return to baseball.

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GM Eppler patches holes, making Angels contenders

GM Eppler patches holes, making Angels contenders

With Spring Training fast approaching, MLB.com will take a look at a different aspect of this year's Angels squad each day this week. Today's topic: What's the vision?

There wasn't anything particularly flashy about the Angels' offseason activity. They ignored calls to trade superstar Mike Trout and initiate a full-scale rebuild. With an already stretched budget, they avoided the temptation to spend big on marquee free agents.

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Simmons leads Angels quintet headed to WBC

Alvarez, Guerra, Petit (Venezuela) and Holland (Australia) set to participate

Simmons leads Angels quintet headed to WBC

LOS ANGELES -- A quintet of Angels will take a leave from Spring Training next month to participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which will run from March 6-22.

Infielder Andrelton Simmons will suit up for the Netherlands; left-hander Jose Alvarez, righty Yusmeiro Petit and right-hander Deolis Guerra will represent Venezuela; and Minor League right-hander Samuel Holland will play for Australia.

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