By any metric, Trout's 2014 was a year for the ages

By any metric, Trout's 2014 was a year for the ages

ANAHEIM -- Remember all that time we spent debating how to pick the American League's Most Valuable Player, from the merits of Wins Above Replacement to the importance of residing on a winning team to the overall significance of traditional statistics?

Yeah, 2014 wasn't really about that.

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Skaggs slowly steering his way toward 2016

Angels left-hander offers insight into early rehab progress, gaining weight and Kobe Bryant

Skaggs slowly steering his way toward 2016

ANAHEIM -- Tyler Skaggs' patience is being tested like never before this holiday season.

The Angels' promising young starter is still in the embryonic stages of his recovery from Tommy John surgery, a procedure that will keep Skaggs off a Major League mound until 2016. He has been cleared to start lifting weights, but is taking it very slow. He can start throwing shortly after the new year, but will only do so in six-week intervals and will start by tossing baseballs underhand.

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Angels invite 20 non-roster players to Spring Training

The Angels on Tuesday released a list of 20 non-roster players invited to Spring Training in Tempe, Ariz..

Half of the players invited are pitchers, including four right-handers -- Trevor Gott, Yoslan Herrera, Alex Sanabia and Albert Suarez -- and six left-handers -- Edgar Ibarra, Sean Newcomb, Atahualpa Severino, Nate Smith, Scott Snodrass and Adam Wilk.

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

AL West contenders take aim at Angels

Top-heavy division undergoing subtle changes in Hot Stove season

AL West contenders take aim at Angels

There's been a whole lot of noise out West this winter on the Hot Stove scene, but much of the major action has emanated from the National League, where the Padres and Dodgers have dominated the headlines.

Outside of an interesting roster overhaul by Billy Beane of the A's, American League West general managers have been quieter to date, perhaps not surprising given the division's strong showing in 2014 when the Angels posted the best regular-season record of any club in the Major Leagues at 98-64 and three teams finished with 87 or more wins, a claim no other division could make.

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Sources: Angels sign Cuban infield prospect Baldoquin

Club won't announce signing until it's official, which could happen next week

Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin has signed with the Angels after passing his physical, sources told MLB.com on Saturday.

Baldoquin, who turns 21 in May, will receive an $8 million signing bonus once the deal becomes official.

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Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels acquire 2B Giavotella in trade with Royals

Keystone competition gets another entry; Broderick sent to KC

Angels acquire 2B Giavotella in trade with Royals

The Angels acquired second baseman Johnny Giavotella from the Royals on Friday in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Brian Broderick, who was recently signed out of the Mexican League.

To create room on the Angels' 40-man roster, utility infielder Shawn O'Malley was released.

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Shift to Los Angeles bittersweet for Kendrick

Longtime Angel excited to join new double-play partner Rollins

Shift to Los Angeles bittersweet for Kendrick

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.

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Angels send Long to Dodgers to complete Butera deal

Angels send Long to Dodgers to complete Butera deal

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.

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Heaney's path has led him to Halos' rotation competition

Heaney's path has led him to Halos' rotation competition

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."

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New Angel in the outfield: Joyce aboard, Jepsen to Rays

Halos use 'pen depth to add option at DH, outfield while allowing Scioscia to tinker with order

New Angel in the outfield: Joyce aboard, Jepsen to Rays

ANAHEIM -- The Angels traded longtime reliever Kevin Jepsen to the Rays for outfielder Matt Joyce on Tuesday, plucking from their rich bullpen depth in order to attain more balance for their lineup.

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.

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Angels looking for rebound season from Hamilton

Injuries contributed to disappointing '14 production

Angels looking for rebound season from Hamilton

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."

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Bernie Pleskoff

Scouting profile: Angels infield prospect Eric Stamets

Scouting profile: Angels infield prospect Eric Stamets

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.

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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.

Bolden, former first-round Draft pick of Angels, killed

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.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Heaney, Rutledge experience wild ride in flurry of moves

Lefty, infielder wind up with Angels after three deals during Winter Meetings

Heaney, Rutledge experience wild ride in flurry of moves

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.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Busy at Winter Meetings, Angels aren't done 'getting better'

Club has surplus of starting pitching, is well under luxury-tax threshold

Busy at Winter Meetings, Angels aren't done 'getting better'

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?

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Lyle Spencer

Move for Heaney about sustainability for Halos

Giving up Kendrick not easy but promising left-hander too good to pass up

Move for Heaney about sustainability for Halos

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.

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Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels add infielder Featherston in Rule 5 Draft

Will compete with Green, Yarbrough and Rutledge for one of two infield jobs

Angels add infielder Featherston in Rule 5 Draft

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.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels deal Kendrick, get Heaney, Rutledge

Left-hander adds to rotation depth; INF acquired from Rockies

Angels deal Kendrick, get Heaney, Rutledge

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.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Scioscia considering Trout in No. 3 spot in lineup

Finding two consistent bats for top of order key for moving best hitter

Scioscia considering Trout in No. 3 spot in lineup

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.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Oh, my! Enberg wins Hall of Fame's Frick Award

Legendary broadcaster has called baseball on either side of storied national career

Oh, my! Enberg wins Hall of Fame's Frick Award

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?"

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels acquire backup catcher Butera from Dodgers

Halos land strong defensive backstop for player to be named or cash

Angels acquire backup catcher Butera from Dodgers

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.

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43 years ago today, the Angels acquired Nolan Ryan

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43 years ago today, the Angels acquired Nolan Ryan

"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.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Dipoto welcomes change of pace this winter

Coming off Angels' 98-win season, GM glad to only 'tinker' with roster

Dipoto welcomes change of pace this winter

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.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On Day 2, Angels set sights on adding infield depth

On Day 2, Angels set sights on adding infield depth

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.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Dipoto quiet early in Meetings, denies shopping Wilson

Angels general manager pleased with depth of club, does not anticipate huge moves

Dipoto quiet early in Meetings, denies shopping Wilson

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."

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Meeting with Trout part of Angels auction items

Meeting with Trout part of Angels auction items

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.

Fans can bid on a meet and greet with Mike Trout, a dinner with Matt Shoemaker and a chance to become a media member for a day here. The auction ends at 8 p.m. PT on Thursday.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels release 2015 promotional calendar

SAN DIEGO -- The Angels unveiled their 2015 promotional calendar on Tuesday, a slate that includes bobblehead giveaways for Matt Shoemaker, Kole Calhoun and Garrett Richards.

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.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.