Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:37:21 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Joe Blanton moved from the first base side of the pitching rubber to the third base side Wednesday, March 12, and had excellent results in his outing. Blanton allowed one hit in five innings in a split-squad game against the Texas Rangers. He has "a chance to create angles both to lefties and righties, especially with his fastball to be able to get it cross-corner and down, or in, to a lefty," manager Mike Scioscia said. However, Blanton is unlikely to surpass SP Tyler Skaggs for the final rotation spot.
Fantasy Tip: Blanton may find himself on another team if he doesn't make the rotation out of camp, unless the Halos plan to use him as a long reliever, which is unlikely. Blanton shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:11:23 -0700
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tyler Skaggs set down eight of the nine hitters he faced in his second spring start Sunday, March 9, and he said he's feeling much more comfortable on the mound. The Angels have been hoping that he'll claim the final starting rotation spot, but manager Mike Scioscia hasn't set anything in stone.
Scioscia isn't worried about velocity concerns for Skaggs, and Skaggs credits a longer stride this season as the reason for his return in velocity. "The farther you get out, the harder you throw; you're using your legs more and less stress on the arm," Skaggs said. "It's one of those things, a small mechanical fix that's worked wonders."
Fantasy Tip: Skaggs is still very much a work in progress, but the return in velocity, if it sticks, is encouraging. Owning him in a mixed league is sketchy, but a low investment in AL leagues makes more sense if he opens the year in the rotation.
Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:13:56 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said that the team could open the year with eight relief pitchers, signaling the fact that he's not confident that a youth-filled rotation will be able to go deep into games early on. SPs Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs haven't thrown more than 158 innings in any of the past three years. RP Joe Blanton would benefit from such a move, since he'd likely be released if he doesn't make the team.
Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:51:07 -0800
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SPs Garrett Richards and Hector Santiago are virtual locks for the starting rotation this year, but SP Tyler Skaggs will have to prove he's worthy of a spot this spring. If not, the Halos will look to SPs Joe Blanton or Mark Mulder as a stopgap until he's ready. "But our season doesn't hinge on whether or not Tyler Skaggs is able to make the staff out of Spring Training and become a star on a dime," general manager Jerry Dipoto added. "We're going to give him the proper time to adjust."
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:23:27 -0800
The Chicago White Sox acquired OF Adam Eaton from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade Tuesday, Dec. 10. The White Sox sent SP Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Angels also acquired SP Tyler Skaggs from the Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Mark Trumbo.
Fantasy Tip: First and foremost, the trade of Santiago likely means Chris Sale isn't going anywhere. Eaton is a high-energy type that should fit nicely in the outfield alongside Avisail Garcia and Dayan Viciedo. Eaton gains some intrigue moving to U.S. Cellular Field, a place that will help what's left of his limited power stroke.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:19:09 -0800
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim acquired SP Tyler Skaggs from the Arizona Diamondbacks and SP Hector Santiago from the Chicago White Sox Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Angels sent OF Mark Trumbo to the Diamondbacks and OF Adam Eaton was sent from Arizona to Chicago.
Fantasy Tip: The Halos were desperate for starting rotation help, and Skaggs and Santiago should be expected to fill out the starting five for next year. Skaggs is still young and has time to develop, but his prospect hype may leave him a tad overrated. Santiago appears to be the better catch, as he's pitched much better as a starter than reliever. The move to a more friendly pitcher's environment will help both, too.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:07:22 -0800
The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired OF Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tuesday, Dec. 10, in a three-team deal that also sent OF Adam Eaton to the Chicago White Sox and SPs Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Fantasy Tip: Trumbo's 30-homer power will play nicely in the desert, but he doesn't make enough contact to sustain a helpful batting average. It's feast or famine for him with his strikeout rate approaching 30 percent. His addition and the loss of Adam Eaton will allow Gerardo Parra to move into a starter role in center field.
Tue, 10 Dec 2013 08:54:28 -0800
The Chicago White Sox have entered the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim discussions in a proposed three-way trade. The Diamondbacks would receive Angels OF Mark Trumbo, the Angels would receive Diamondbacks SP Tyler Skaggs and White Sox SP Hector Santiago and the White Sox would receive Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:06:49 -0800
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are primarily focused on Arizona Diamondbacks SPs Trevor Cahill and Tyler Skaggs in their trade talks for OF Mark Trumbo.
Mon, 09 Dec 2013 16:08:24 -0800
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are not interested in Arizona Diamondbacks SP Tyler Skaggs straight up for OF Mark Trumbo.