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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Pujols showing signs of progress

Slugger hopes to be ready for Opening Day after recovering from foot surgery

Pujols showing signs of progress

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Albert Pujols wouldn't promise that he'll be ready for Opening Day, but the Angels slugger sounded optimistic about the progression of his recovery from foot surgery.

"I think it's just like I did last year, just coming to Spring Training and progressing and just [taking] it how I go," Pujols said Tuesday as Angels pitchers and catchers reported to Tempe Diablo Stadium for the start of Spring Training. "I don't have really a date. I'll be ready when I'm ready. Same thing as last year, take it one day at a time."

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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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Trout entering his prime on improved Angels

Trout entering his prime on improved Angels

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: How's your star?

ANAHEIM -- Since breaking into the Major Leagues with the Angels in 2011, Mike Trout's ascent has been rapid, remarkable and, for the most part, unprecedented.

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Angels sign Petit to Minor League contract

Angels sign Petit to Minor League contract

The Los Angeles Angels signed veteran right-hander Yusmeiro Petit to a Minor League contract with an invite to Major League Spring Training, the team announced Wednesday.

Petit, 32, went 3-5 with a 4.50 ERA in 36 games (one start) for the Nationals in 2016.

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Meyer could earn time in Angels' rotation

Former 1st-round pick among leading candidates for 5th starter's job

Meyer could earn time in Angels' rotation

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: Who might surprise?

The Angels took a calculated risk when they acquired Alex Meyer as the centerpiece of the deal that sent Hector Santiago to the Twins last summer.

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Angels enter '17 with 2B, LF holes filled

Eppler retools Halos with acquisitions of Maybin, Espinosa

Angels enter '17 with 2B, LF holes filled

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 difference?

ANAHEIM -- It's been a busy offseason for Angels general manager Billy Eppler. Following the team's disappointing 88-loss 2016 campaign, Eppler was tasked with upgrading the club's roster and plugging several gaping holes in the lineup, most notably at second base and left field.

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