Angels Notes: Morales, Richards, Santana, Hunter

The Angels continue to seek relief help, even as they pursue high-end rotation upgrades, Danny Knobler of reports. They have talked to the Nationals about bullpen help and could have interest in Royals closer Jonathan Broxton, Knobler adds. Here’s the latest on the Angels, who now have a 50-41 record:

  • The Angels are willing to offer Peter Bourjos for the right reliever and they're suggesting to teams that they would also deal Kendrys Morales, according to Knobler. Starter Garrett Richards could be available in a deal for a top starter such as Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels or Francisco Liriano.
  • Adam Katz of WMG now represents Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reports (on Twitter). Agent Bean Stringfellow had represented Santana in the past. Be sure to check out MLBTR’s Agency Database for any information about player representatives.
  • Torii Hunter told Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports that there hasn’t been any progress toward a contract extension that would keep him in Anaheim beyond this year. The 37-year-old would like to remain with the Angels, though he would consider other clubs if Los Angeles doesn’t have interest in bringing him back. “If my time is up here, then you think about Minnesota, think about Texas,” Hunter said. “The Angels are No. 1 for me.”

37 Responses to Angels Notes: Morales, Richards, Santana, Hunter Leave a Reply

  1. When did Liriano all of a sudden become a top-flight starter, am I missing something here? He’s had a pretty decent last month, but you don’t trade top prospects like Richards for Liriano!!

    • 14 Rocks 3 years ago

      I was getting ready to say the same thing. Hamels and Greinke are the only two “top” starters on the market right now.

  2. SoCalAngelsFan75 3 years ago

    Hate to see Torii not come back next year but there’s just no room left in the outfield for him anymore; especially if they can’t find a way to get rid of Wells. Hunter wants a ring badly so it’s one of the reasons I would love to see the Halos win it all this year.

  3. phillies1102 3 years ago

    I think Grienke for Kendrys Morales and Garrett Richards would be a great fit for both teams. Morales gets guarenteed playing time, Angels get a key piece for success in the playoff and give Trumbo more time to DH, Milwalkee gets a prospect as well as a solid piece who could easily gain form. Everybody wins, right?

    • SoCalAngelsFan75 3 years ago

      Where would the Brewers put K-Mo? He’s not an everyday 1B anymore. Love the guy but that injury really did him in. It’s tough watching him run down the line.

      • VegasANGELSFan 3 years ago

        Agreed. Sad to see how much it set him back, especially with the bat.

      • phillies1102 3 years ago

        Yes he is, he just never gets to play because of the ?-time gold glove Pujols is blocking him. He wasn’t an awful fielder either, always had a solid FLD%.

        • Classic12 3 years ago

          No he’s not. Watch him every day and see for yourself. Scioscia played him there once during interleague while Pujols volunteered for 3B to beef up the struggling offense. Played the first game then back to pinch hitting for a few nights before taking the field again. If your manager would rather play Alberto Callaspo than put you in the field for 2.5 weeks, you’re not an every day 1B.

      • JoeCroninAndRonSanto 3 years ago

        they can always buy and resell to an AL team who needs a DH, right?

  4. gpf0r 3 years ago

    Funny that a few years ago Hunter didn’t want to come to Texas because his son would be embarrassed, NOW he thinks about Texas. Pass.

    • justincb 3 years ago

      …..and he’s delusional if he thinks the Twins are going to shell out at this point, that makes no sense for either one of them.

  5. jwsox 3 years ago

    I don’t understand wanting to trade pbj. Make him the everyday left fielder. Him and trout at the top of a line up would drive pitchers crazy

  6. Lee Steva 3 years ago

    I would love to see a Liriano for Richards swap, but I don’t think the Halos would make that mistake.

  7. drjayphd 3 years ago

    Bourjos and Kendrys Morales to the Red Sox for Lars Anderson, Kalish and whatever other prospects/OFs are palatable to both teams. Bourjos takes over CF, Ellsbury moves to RF (you’d need someone with a CF’s range to cover right in Fenway anyways) and Morales makes Swiss cheese of the Monstah.


    • Robb Logan 3 years ago

      This is downed for several reasons. First Lars being a 1b is a no deal. he would be behind Pujols and Trumbo rotation wise so that makes zero sense. Second the Angels have to many outfields. They need arms. Both in terms of prospects and one established for the pen. It would take a combo of probably Bard/Lester for the Angels to think it would work for them. Because that combo won’t happen your idea won’t either as it does not fit nor come close to fitting what the Angels seek.

      • drjayphd 3 years ago

        If Lester needs to be part of that, it had better not be because of this season. There’s not enough evidence to indicate that 2012 is anything but an aberration. I’d part with Bard, though, because if he’s going to be a reliever, the Red Sox already have a relatively strong pen without him. Anything anyone gets out of him at this point will be gravy.

        I threw in Lars because he doesn’t really have a place in Boston, even though he’s been playing the OF as well. My suggestion would have the prospects as the centerpiece, so if they have the arms that could pry Bourjos and Morales (and, more importantly, can part with them), then hopefully they could make that work. (It should be noted that I don’t know the state of the farm system offhand.)

        It also wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to take back one or two of those bad OF contracts from the Angels. Considering they’d have Crawford and Ellsbury out there, there’ll be PLENTY of playing time available after the inevitable injury or two.

  8. Zack Greinke and Francisco Rodriguez for Peter Bourjos, Jean Segura and Garrett Richards (this assumes that Greinke signs a deal now or the Angels believe that they have the money to extend him at the end of the season). Who hangs up first?

  9. Mike 3 years ago

    Angels should make a play for Street and put him as a 7th to 8th inning bridge.

  10. Unless we can get a good pitching prospect for Liriano, i’d just keep him and offer him a 3 year, $12MM extension. This past month looks like he’s figured something out, and I’d hate it if he became the pitching version of David Ortiz.

    • justincb 3 years ago

      The Twins aren’t going anywhere the next three years anyway, I think they take what they can get at this point. At most, offer a 1 yr 12MM deal and if he declines, they take the 2 draft picks.

      • At this point, I’d rather have Liriano extended for next year since three of our five starters will become free agents. Liriano is worth more than two draft picks anyways. We’ll be contending by 2014, so if we get a good starter (McCarthy or Greinke preferably), we’ll have a decent rotation.

  11. wouldyalookatthat 3 years ago

    Reds fan here, how was Morales in RF for the 17 games he played there? Could fill in at 1B while Votto’s out then move to LF?

    • cookmeister 3 years ago

      He played outfield when he first came up. Problem is he hasn’t played outfield since coming back from injury. He can play 1B yes, but OF i don’t think he would be able to handle.

  12. Will 3 years ago

    send Bourjos to the Astros for Myers. thanks.

  13. 1. Release Wells – dead weight anyway. Bad move at the start – pay it forward.
    2. Jerome Williams and Kendrys Morales to the Phils (along with a possible AA OF prospect) for Hamels and a A or AA pitcher ?

    • Eddie Millhauser 3 years ago

      No Way that will happen They have Ryan Howard they don’t need K.Mo. If they want a pitcher they wont want williams they would rather have Richards or maybe a guy like Shoemaker.

  14. Arnold Valencia 3 years ago

    the Angels do need pitching,make something happen,If you want to keep within3-5 games behind Texas come September then you need to make a move,no matter what teams are willing to take, remember, Texas has a habit of going all out and signing a good pitcher, I.E. Cliff Lee,now they want to make a push for Cole Hamels, just saying

  15. Nick Sossamon 3 years ago

    Richards and Bourjos is too much already for Greinke.

  16. NYPOTENCE 3 years ago

    The problem is his inconsistency and due to this he will probably not haul more than a couple mid-level prospects.

  17. notsureifsrs 3 years ago


  18. drjayphd 3 years ago

    It should be noted Kotchman was actually still a prospect then. We’re not talking about the guy who replaced Adam LaRoche in Boston that one year.

  19. cookmeister 3 years ago

    Kotchman wasn’t a prospect when he was traded. He was 25 in his second full season in the bigs (with about 350 AB’s in 3 partial seasons before that).

  20. drjayphd 3 years ago

    Well, closer to a prospect, rather than a 6’3″, 220 pound-pile of sub-50 OPS+. The season before then, he put up an OPS+ of 122, so he still had the potential to improve.

    (grumble grumble better off bringing Brian Daubach out of retirement)

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