Los Angeles Notes: Trout, Wells, Padilla, Gores

This year's Oscar nominations were announced today, so it's only fitting that we check out the latest baseball news from Hollywood.  The envelope please…

  • Mike Trout holds the #1 spot on MLB.com's 2011 Top 50 Prospects list.  Trout is the only Angel on the list, while Dee Gordon (#44) is the only Dodger.
  • Toronto sent $5MM to the Angels as part of the Vernon Wells trade, tweets Jon Heyman of Sports Ilustrated.  The cash transaction wasn't officially reported since the clubs "apparently just didn't want to" do so.
  • News of the $5MM payment might have changed Fangraphs' Matt Klaassen's analysis of the Wells trade against the Giants' signing of Barry Zito in a "which move was worse?" breakdown.
  • If Jonathan Broxton loses the closer's job and Hong-Chih Kuo can't stay healthy, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.com suggests Vicente Padilla as an outside-the-box closing candidate.
  • Billionaire Alec Gores may have an interest in buying the Dodgers, but his equally-rich brother Tom won't be joining the bid, reports Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News.  Tom Gores is reportedly focusing his attention on buying the NBA's Detroit Pistons.
  • ESPN NFL Insider Chris Sprow finds "it hard to fathom" that Jake Locker would consider leaving the NFL behind to refocus on his baseball career.  Locker was a 10th round pick of the Angels in the 2009 draft, but is projected to be one of the first quarterbacks taken in this spring's NFL draft.  ESPN.com's Jason A. Churchill opined that Locker could look to baseball as a fallback option if the NFL's labor troubles threaten the 2011-12 season.

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