Angels acquire Pounders in deal with Royals

Angels acquire Pounders in deal with Royals

The Angels on Thursday acquired pitcher Brooks Pounders in a trade with the Royals in exchange for right-hander Jared Ruxer, the club announced.

Pounders made his Major League debut on July 5 with the Royals. The 26-year-old right-hander allowed 13 earned runs through 13 relief appearances (12 2/3 innings).

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

Angels can make moves count at Meetings

With $40M having come off the books, club can focus on clear needs

Angels can make moves count at Meetings

There's no argument that 2016 was a disappointment for the Angels, who lost a number of players to injury and then lost 88 games. But there are concrete reasons for optimism heading into 2017. With smart moves, a solid core of returning position players and the hope that they'll get a run of good fortune in the health department, they see no reason to think they can't contend in the American League West once again.

The Halos have already tried to pull off a few of the former, trading for outfielder Cameron Maybin, bringing back reliever Andrew Bailey and signing free-agent pitcher Jesse Chavez and outfielder Ryan LaMarre.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

New agreement includes change to home-field advantage in World Series

Peace & glove: Owners, players reach CBA deal

IRVING, Texas -- Major League Baseball's players and owners reached a tentative five-year Collective Bargaining Agreement through the 2021 season on Wednesday night. The parties will follow up today with a formal document, which then must be ratified by representatives of both sides. 

At 8:40 p.m. ET, an assortment of happy players, owners, lawyers and staffers poured from meeting rooms to exchange handshakes and hugs. That's how quickly 36 hours of round-the-clock negotiations ended, nearly four hours before today's deadline of 12:01 a.m. ET to reach a deal. Short of an agreement, the sport was faced with the best-case scenario of an extension or owners could have imposed a lockout.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels Spring Training tickets on sale Friday

Angels Spring Training tickets on sale Friday

The Angels will open Spring Training in 2017, their 25th straight in Tempe, Ariz., with a home game against the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday, Feb. 25. Spring Training tickets will go on sale on Friday at 9 a.m. PT/10 MT.

The Angels' 18 Cactus League home games include a matchup against the World Series champion Cubs on March 6, as well as one against the rival Dodgers on March 13 and the National League Wild Card-winning Giants on March 2.

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David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

The Next Big Leaguers: Angels' Ward

A team-by-team look at future key contributors who starred in the 2016 Arizona Fall League

The Next Big Leaguers: Angels' Ward

The Arizona Fall League always is loaded with talent, and it was stronger than usual in 2016. In the initial installment of MLBPipeline.com's "The Next Big Leaguers," which premieres Tuesday, we focused on five prospects: Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger, Twins shortstop Nick Gordon, Cubs outfielder Eloy Jimenez, Red Sox infielder Yoan Moncada and Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres.

We could have spotlighted many more promising prospects if not limited by time constraints, and below we'll do exactly that.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels continue regroup for '17 at Meetings

Club will look to address needs at second base, catcher

Angels continue regroup for '17 at Meetings

The Angels have the player many experts consider to be the best in the Major Leagues and a future Hall of Famer. They have talented pitchers on the mend. They have a mix of solid position players and they have shored up their bullpen. They have the stability of the longest-tenured manager in the Majors and a talented, experienced coaching staff.

Now, the club has to put it all together in 2017 and erase any lingering disappointment from an injury-plagued, underperforming roster that led to a 74-88 finish in '16, and the focus on putting a winning team on the field in the coming year is about to be front and center at the Winter Meetings, which begin on Dec. 5.

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Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels sign LaMarre to bolster outfield depth

Petit designated for assignment in corresponding move

Angels sign LaMarre to bolster outfield depth

ANAHEIM -- The Angels signed free-agent outfielder Ryan LaMarre to a one-year contract on Monday, adding to their depth at the position.

LaMarre, 28, is mainly known for his defense. He spent most of the 2016 season in the Red Sox system with Triple-A Pawtucket, where he hit .303/.360/.445 with 15 doubles, 10 home runs, 41 RBIs and 17 stolen bases in 86 games. In 27 career Major League games with the Red Sox and Reds, LaMarre is 2-for-30 (.067) with one walk and 11 strikeouts.

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

Heaney's Honduras trip highlights Angels' giving spirit

Pitcher makes annual visit to help build learning center for orphans

Heaney's Honduras trip highlights Angels' giving spirit

ANAHEIM -- It's been a total team effort by the Angels this year as they give back and make a positive impact in the community, both at home and abroad.

As part of the Thanksgiving spirit, the Angels' groundskeepers hosted their 15th annual holiday canned food drive last weekend at Angel Stadium. The three-day charity event raised nearly $30,000 and brought in three tons of food, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

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

Angels send Valdez, De Los Santos to Triple-A

Angels send Valdez, De Los Santos to Triple-A

Angels right-handers Jose Valdez and Abel De Los Santos cleared waivers and were sent outright to Triple-A Salt Lake City on Wednesday, the club announced.

Additionally, righty Blake Parker was claimed off waivers by the Brewers. All three players were designated for assignment by the Angels on Friday, clearing the way for additions to the 40-man roster.

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

'Freakish talent' put Vlad at Cooperstown's doorstep

9-time All-Star is making his first appearance on Hall of Fame ballot

'Freakish talent' put Vlad at Cooperstown's doorstep

His first Major League home run said a lot about Vladimir Guerrero -- whose pure talent on a baseball field was as overflowing as it was hard to explain. He will be up for Hall of Fame consideration for the first time in 2017.

It was Sept. 21, 1996, at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Guerrero was a 6-foot-3, 200-pound, 21-year-old rookie outfielder for the Expos in his third Major League game. He rocketed to the big leagues from Double-A Harrisburg, where he had toyed with pitchers while generating story upon story about his vicious right-handed swing, deer-like speed and devastating throwing arm from right field.

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Angels claim infielder Fontana off waivers

Angels claim infielder Fontana off waivers

ANAHEIM -- The Angels remained active on the waiver wire on Tuesday, claiming infielder Nolan Fontana from the Astros. It's the fifth waiver claim Angels general manager Billy Eppler has made this offseason, and the first involving a position player.

Fontana, 25, played 106 games with Triple-A Fresno in 2016 and hit .195/.268/.262 with 15 doubles and three home runs. Fontana primarily played shortstop, while also logging innings at second base. He's also played third base in the Minors.

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

Cabrera gets first shot on Hall of Fame ballot

Posada, Magglio, Wakefield among those seeking enshrinement in 2017

Cabrera gets first shot on Hall of Fame ballot

Soon, members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America will cast their ballots for the Hall of Fame's Class of 2017.

Among their choices will be returners who fell just shy of the 75-percent threshold in last year's voting, a group that includes Jeff Bagwell (71.6 percent), Tim Raines (69.8) and Trevor Hoffman (67.3). There also are a few high-profile newcomers. Vladimir Guerrero was a feared hitter with 449 homers and a National League MVP Award, Ivan Rodriguez is third all-time among catchers in wins above replacement (WAR), and Manny Ramirez hit 555 homers but also was suspended twice for his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Trout an easy choice for Best Major Leaguer

Two-time AL MVP posted perhaps his best season yet in 2016

Trout an easy choice for Best Major Leaguer

Mike Trout is that special player who comes along every generation or so to take our breath away. Isn't his legacy just about that simple? This surely was what it must have been like to watch Willie Mays at 25. Or maybe Frank Robinson.

Yes, Mike Trout is that good. His first five full seasons -- five All-Star selections, .975 OPS -- compare favorably with almost any player in history.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout claims 'surreal' second AL MVP Award

Trout claims 'surreal' second AL MVP Award

ANAHEIM -- Angels outfielder Mike Trout could barely hold back his emotions as he and his family soaked in the news Thursday that Trout was named the 2016 American League MVP. The 25-year-old superstar claimed his second MVP honor in three years with 19 first-place votes from 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts was the runner-up, while Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finished third in voting.

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Austin Laymance is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels add 4 pitchers to 40-man roster

Club makes moves to protect prospects from Rule 5 Draft

Angels add 4 pitchers to 40-man roster

The Angels on Friday added pitching prospects Nate Smith, Keynan Middleton, Austin Adams and Eduardo Paredes to their 40-man roster, protecting them from next month's Rule 5 Draft.

To make room, the club designated for assignment right-handed pitchers Abel De Los Santos, Blake Parker and Jose Valdez and outrighted infielder Rey Navarro to Triple-A Salt Lake.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

Next generation dominates MVP race

Baton has been passed to exceptionally talented youngsters

Next generation dominates MVP race

Inside this season's Most Valuable Player voting is a larger statement about the state of Major League Baseball: The game has been passed to the next generation.

And that generation is scary good.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter @richardjustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Terence Moore

Shadow of a Trout: AL MVP on HOF trajectory

Angels slugger stacks up impressively against game's all-time greats

Shadow of a Trout: AL MVP on HOF trajectory

OK, we already know Mike Trout is peerless these days as the ultimate baseball player, with only Bryce Harper visible in his rear-view mirror. So let's discuss his future as somebody racing toward the city limits of Cooperstown to rank among the all-time greats.

Mike Trout, Mike Trout, Mike Trout.

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

All the best GIFs from Mike Trout's MVP season

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All the best GIFs from Mike Trout's MVP season

"Five-tool player." It's just about the highest compliment you can bestow, reserved for the select few who excel at every aspect of the game -- catching, throwing, running, hitting for power and hitting for average. In other words, it was a term created with Mike Trout in mind.

At this point, there's nothing Trout can't do on a baseball diamond. It's what's made him one of the best players in the game at just 25 years old. It's the reason he slashed .315/.441/.550 with 29 homers and 30 steals this season. And on Thursday, it's what made him the 2016 AL MVP -- his second win in his first five seasons. 

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Angels add veteran righty Chavez

Angels add veteran righty Chavez

ANAHEIM -- The Angels added to their pitching mix on Friday, agreeing to a one-year deal with right-hander Jesse Chavez.

Chavez, 33, reportedly will earn $5.75 million, plus an additional $3 million in performance bonuses. In a corresponding roster move, the Angels designated outfielder Rafael Ortega for assignment.

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

Angels will look at Ramirez as a starter in spring

Angels will look at Ramirez as a starter in spring

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In a notably thin crop of available starting pitchers, Billy Eppler and the Angels hope they've added one without even making an official move.

Speaking at the General Managers Meetings, Eppler, the Angels general manager, said the team will attempt to convert JC Ramirez into a starter during Spring Training.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Angels bring back Bailey on one-year deal

Outfielder Robinson designated for assignment

Angels bring back Bailey on one-year deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Angels signed right-handed reliever Andrew Bailey to a one-year contract on Wednesday and designated outfielder Shane Robinson for assignment.

Bailey, 32, posted a 2.38 ERA with six saves in 12 appearances for the Angels in 2016 after being released in August by the Phillies, with whom he posted a 6.40 ERA in 33 games.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trout wins fifth straight Silver Slugger Award

Trout wins fifth straight Silver Slugger Award

Mike Trout added yet another accolade to his well-decorated resume Thursday, taking home his fifth Silver Slugger Award.

Trout now joins Mike Piazza as the only players to win the award in each of their first five full seasons. He still has a ways to go to match Piazza's streak, however, as the Hall of Famer won a Silver Slugger 10 straight years to begin his career.

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

Angels coach Radinsky, punk band Pulley going strong

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Angels coach Radinsky, punk band Pulley going strong

For 11 seasons between 1990 and 2001, lefty Scott Radinsky appeared in a combined 557 games for the White Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals and Indians.

During that time, Radinsky balanced his baseball obligations with another one of his passions: punk music.

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Angels, Weaver to let free agency play out

Eppler says club hopes to meet with longtime Halos pitcher after market settles

Angels, Weaver to let free agency play out

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In the eyes of general manager Billy Eppler, it's hard to fathom Jered Weaver taking the mound wearing anything but Angels red.

But as free agency shifts into full gear, Eppler is fully aware it's a distinct possibility in 2017.

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Halos eye upgrades at 2B, C as free agency opens

Richards could determine direction of rotation needs

Halos eye upgrades at 2B, C as free agency opens

ANAHEIM -- The Angels have made it clear, they need to inject talent into the organization this offseason.

General manager Billy Eppler has already traded for Cameron Maybin to fill a need in left field, and roster construction will continue once free agency opens at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday.

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

Angels pick up club option on Escobar for '17

Angels pick up club option on Escobar for '17

As expected, the Angels picked up third baseman Yunel Escobar's $7 million option for the 2017 season in advance of Monday's deadline, the club announced.

Escobar, 34, produced a .304/.355/.391 line with 28 doubles, five home runs and 68 runs in 132 games this season, his first with the club. He projects as the Angels' leadoff hitter and primary third baseman heading into the 2017 season.

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Angels trade for Maybin to address left field

Halos move fast on offseason's first deal; Minors pitcher Alcantara sent to Tigers

Angels trade for Maybin to address left field

The Angels kicked off the offseason in earnest Thursday, completing a deal with the Tigers that sent outfielder Cameron Maybin to Los Angeles for Minor League pitcher Victor Alcantara.

The Angels will exercise Maybin's $9 million option for 2017, making him their primary left fielder next season alongside Mike Trout in center and Kole Calhoun in right. The move addresses a major position of need for the club heading into the offseason.

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Cron undergoes left thumb surgery, expected to be ready for spring

1B/DH to resume baseball activities in six to eight weeks

Cron undergoes left thumb surgery, expected to be ready for spring

ANAHEIM -- C.J. Cron underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday and is expected to be cleared to resume baseball activities in six to eight weeks, the Angels announced. The club anticipates him being ready for Spring Training.

Cron had "been experiencing some moderate pain at the base of his left thumb" and opted for the procedure after an examination determined he needed a debridement, according to the Angels. Dr. Steve Shin performed the surgery in Los Angeles.

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