Angels Notes: Maicer Izturis, Jeff Mathis

The Angels made their first major move of the offseason last night, acquiring Chris Iannetta from the Rockies for Tyler Chatwood. Here’s a look ahead at what GM Jerry Dipoto may do next…


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  1. The Angels should really try and trade Mathis for Wright? Add two prospects in with Mathis and maybe it works out for us?

    • lol wut?

      • Mets get:
        1. 2 top prospects (not Bourjos, Trout, or Trumbo)
        2. Jeff Mathis

        Angels get:
        1. David Wright

        • Do the angels have 2 top prospects not named Bourjos, Trout or Trumbo?  Either way that is a horrible trade idea, unless the old Angel GM is the Mets GM now.

          • Well, you could look at Luis Jimenez, Jean Segura, Hank Conger, etc. maybe not “top 2″ but overall good young talent. Last time I checked Tony Reagins was the Mets new GM XD

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            I know a way that we can get Griffey and Bonds and it wouldn’t even cost that much.

            -George Costanza

          • Jean Segura 2B/SS. Good BA, aggressive, good defense. Could start.

            Jeremy Moore* OF. Speed, decent average/OBP, some power, pretty good defense. May be a starting OF on a rebuilding team; utility on a contender. 
            Garrett Richards* SP. Projected #1 or #2. 

            Alexi Amarista* 2B/SS. Speed, above average hitter, good defense. Likely a utility IF, but could start on a team not contending.

            Luis Jiminez 3B. Pretty good power, above average BA/OBP, average defense. Possibly a starting 3B with pop and average glove for 3B.

            Michael Kohn* RP. Nasty breaking stuff. Set-up material.

            Rich Thompson* RP. Power arm; good stuff; needs to watch out for the long ball. Middle/long reliever/maybe spot starter.

            Bobby Cassevah* RP. Good stuff; already shown consistency. Middle/long relief/possible closer material; could end up being a back of the rotation starter if he has the stamina.

            These aren’t top rated prospects by MLB, but the players with asterisks already have some Major League experience; have shown their upsides; and could use proper seasoning on a seller that is rebuilding.

        • slasher016 4 years ago

          The Mets will need to throw in Murphy and Davis as well.

        • Will only work if Wright is a straight salary dump. I thought the Mets were nuts for asking a top prospect for Beltran, but the Giants took a bite. I still think they’re nuts asking for a top prospect for Wright. But…

      • maze88 4 years ago

        Weren’t you banned?….oh, wrong blog lol

    • abes_seed 4 years ago

      can one of those prospects be Vernon Wells?

  2. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    you couldn’t even trade jeff mathis to an independent league team

    you know some players can refuse assignment to the minors when they are DFA’d? the minors will refuse jeff mathis if that time comes

    • MB923 4 years ago

      Would the Little League refuse him?

    • Tom R 4 years ago

      Whoa, whoa whoa.  Slow down everybody.  Aren’t we forgetting that Mathis
      led all MLB catchers with 14 sacrifice bunts?  You just can’t put a
      price on that kind of talent.

  3. InLeylandWeTrust 4 years ago

    Why would ANY team be interested in Jeff Mathis?? Any scrub from the team’s system is a better option than Mathis.

    • The team (Mets) is interested in a backup catcher, but they desire defense… although Mathis is a pathetic hitter; kid could play D

      • JacksTigers 4 years ago

        The Mets could trade almost anyone for a backup catcher. Why would they trade their best player for one?

        • Don’t forget they would ALSO be getting 2 prospects, if they want to be competitors soon, they need to get talent. Let’s hope they also get desperate as the Angels did when acquiring Vernon Wells!!! -____-

          • JacksTigers 4 years ago

            So it would be a package around Turmbo. Angels need to sell high on him. A lot of people don’t think he will be as good as he was in 2011.

    • IDK, its sort of like last year’s Astros wanting Drew Butera rumor. It just makes you go “huh?”

    • If Mathis is sold as strictly a back up, he might be more tradable. 

  4. NathanielS 4 years ago

    I will trade Jeff Mathis to his mother, and kick in a PTBNL.

  5. Rangers4Life 4 years ago

    Maybe the Rangers can pick up Mathis if he gets nontendered. Who knows, he just might become the next Mike Napoli lol

    • If Mathis is non-tendered (GOD HOPE SO, or traded =3) the Rockies have expressed interest in him apparently. He will hit for average there since the field is so big lol his usual pop-ups will now be base hits lmfao

      • Shu13 4 years ago

        his weak liners(that were basehits) will float to the LF’er for routine outs…

      • abes_seed 4 years ago

        Yeah, he could explode for .200 average!!!

    • Anyone but the Rangers! lol we might start to get nightmares about Mathis being Napoli 2.0 -.- next thing you know we become cursed like the Cubs. lol

  6. I nominate a Jeff Mathis-Drew Butera trade. Mostly because I need something to laugh about.

  7. Rangers4Life 4 years ago

    Uh, the Angels actually thinking of trade as a possible option to get rid of Mathis? What are the going to ask for in return, a bag of balls?

    And there are actually TWO teams that are expected to pursue Mathis when he becomes available? My god, what is this world coming to?

    • Will McLaren 4 years ago

      Lots of teams would take Mathis, I think, if the Angels were will to take a bad contract (Carlos Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Barry Zito)

      But no, the Angels can’t expect to get anything good for Mathis… he shoudn’t be in the MLB unless as a 3rd string, strictly defensive catching backup.

      • Selling Mathis as a back up is the only way they’ll trade him. The Angels actually need a DH, so perhaps trading him to the Astros, who are in desperate need of catching, for Carlos Lee’s contract could be an option. That would require another payroll increase of course. But that’s no big deal since the Angels only have about $45 million in contracts in 2013.

        • cookmeister 4 years ago

          Angels have a DH.  Morales IF he comes back, and Abreu if he doesn’t.

    • abes_seed 4 years ago

      a bag of balls???? It’s a deal! and I was just hoping for a bag…

  8. mathis+1.8m for a parking permit to a free parking lot.  done

  9. I hope the Tigers are still interested in Maicer, either for 2B or 3B.  Neither the Santiago/ Raburn idea at 2B, nor Inge/ Kelly at 3B, are sufficient for what the Tigers need.  

    • Maicer is so precious to us dude! That kid could just about fix the problem when needed. He is an excellent back-up (I believe he should even be a starter for some) and I would like to see him play in a every day game. Hopefully if the Angels get something tasty in return, Maicer will go to the Tigers, but you guys did already sign Ramon Santiago so idk…

      • Maicer is a legit top of the order hitter, who can get on base often enough to fill a spot leading off or batting second.  The Tigers need that, and he’d start most games, either at 2B or 3B and be an upgrade over what we’ve got.  I’m not sure what the Angels would want in return, considering that he just has one year left on his contract. 

        • sallen22 4 years ago

          The Angels would likely want one of the terrific Tiger relievers, perhaps Benoit.  It doesn’t seem like a match though because I get the feeling the Tigers feel that would be overpaying for Izturis.  So I’d guess they’d deal a minor league starter like Matt Shoemaker and Maicer Iztuis for Benoit.

          • cookmeister 4 years ago

            No way it’s Benoit.  Perry maybe, alburquerque if they were lucky

  10. caliwmn760 4 years ago

    Not Mighty Maicer! :( I’ll be p.o’d

  11. Since_77 4 years ago

    Maicer Izturis  = Yankee killer (44 hits in 131 abs  .336 avg.).  If they got him, that would make their life much easier.

    • There you go haha good stat bro.

    • SoCalAngelsFan75 4 years ago

      Can’t remember if it was this past season or the one before but I remember an Angels at Yankees game where Maicer got jammed and the ball went over the short wall for a homer.  Either he is a Yankee killer or that ballpark should be for school kids cauase Maicer can normally only hit the ball past the infield.

    • Chris Ianetta is a Yankee killer too. .400 BA in 5 AB’s! 

  12. suffern 4 years ago

    Could I get clarification on the meaning of the phrase “Catch and Throw Guy”? Not sure that I’ve ever come across that phrase before. Thanks!

  13. Kay 4 years ago

    I wonder if mathis reads sh!t online. poor guy. dudes Probly gonna have a napoli type year just to shut everyone up

    • Shu13 4 years ago

      If he has a Nap type year….it will PROVE that Hatcher needs to GO….which a lot of Halos fans already think…..me inc’d…

      • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

        My name says it all and i hope it happens one day

  14. Paul Shailor 4 years ago

    Mathis and abreu for soriano. Mathis turns into napoli. Done. 😛

    • Shu13 4 years ago

      W/ Wells/PBL/Hunter and Trout in the wings and Trumbo also capable of OF….why would they want Alfonso?

  15. BK 4 years ago

    Macier Izturis for John Danks.  Who says no?

    • abes_seed 4 years ago

      probably the White sox.

    • Devon Henry 4 years ago

      Maicer Izturis for Al Alburquerque. Angels get bullpen help and tigers get their 2nd/3rd baseman and top of the order guy.

      • Salmon4Coach 4 years ago

        Izzy for a player that has one yr in the Majors? I like Al but tigers wuld have to add another player

  16. I rather go into the season with Nickeas/Thole platooning @ C

  17. Mathis would make a great beer league catcher… I’m willing to offer Mathis an 8th of some bomb Cali OG and and a beard-trimmer for that piece of carpet on his chin..

  18. Thurman8er 4 years ago

    The fact alone that this was referred to as “a major move” demonstrates just how much of a laughingstock the Angels front office has become.

    Sigh.

  19. KINGMOJO 4 years ago

    mathis,jepsen, and izturis for jeff samardzija

  20. Jacob Viets 4 years ago

    Expect Mathis to be in a Rockies uniform next season. There is no way the Angels can trade him, no reason for him to be tendered, and the Rockies will be the only team interested in him.

  21. Maybe Boston might be interested in him as a 3 string catcher with them losing Varitek. You are not going to get much for Mathis but he is a great catcher. Remember, Angels pitching have one of the slowest mound to home time in both leagues. That’s why Napoli’s throw out numbers went up when he went to Texas. Angels pitchers focus on the outcome of the pitch, more than the runner. Mathis has good POP time and he blocks that plate better than anyone in baseball. I can see him hitting .235 on another team under a new hitting coach. His swing isn’t that bad. He raked in the ALDS/ALCS in ’08.

  22. Dick Armada 4 years ago

    Are the Rockies and Angels BFF now or what?

  23. yigantee 4 years ago

    Can Izturis play a passable SS?  if so, hope the Giants consider him instead of a FA pickup like Gonzalez.  Affeldt or Ramirez for Izturis?

  24. Eddie Millhauser 4 years ago

    Don’t want to see Izturis leave but if they trade him I hope they get something good in return. Hopefully a quality arm for the bullpen, like a guy similar to Cassevah. Izturis is a good player but he’s also injury prone if he becomes an everyday player. 

  25. BK 4 years ago

    How about that is terrible.

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