Angels Notes: Morales, Richards, Santana, Hunter

The Angels continue to seek relief help, even as they pursue high-end rotation upgrades, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com 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.”


Leave a Reply

37 Comments on "Angels Notes: Morales, Richards, Santana, Hunter"


3 years 1 month ago

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!!

Brv Rocks
3 years 1 month ago

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

3 years 1 month ago

James Shields say hi

SoCalAngelsFan75
3 years 1 month 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.

phillies1102
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

phillies1102
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago

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

gpf0r
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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.

jwsox
3 years 1 month 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

Lee Steva
3 years 1 month ago

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

drjayphd
3 years 1 month 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.

WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN, PEOPLE.

Robb Logan
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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.

3 years 1 month ago

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?

BK
3 years 1 month ago

Slight overpay for Angels

3 years 1 month ago

Angels every single time.

cookmeister
3 years 1 month ago

replace K-Rod with Axford and allow for extension talks, I might do it

Mike
3 years 1 month ago

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

3 years 1 month ago

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 1 month 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.

3 years 1 month ago

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.

wouldyalookatthat
3 years 1 month 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 1 month 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.

Bob Smiley
3 years 1 month ago

send Bourjos to the Astros for Myers. thanks.

3 years 1 month ago

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 1 month 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.

Arnold Valencia
3 years 1 month 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

Nick Sossamon
3 years 1 month ago

Richards and Bourjos is too much already for Greinke.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 1 month ago

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

notsureifsrs
3 years 1 month ago

not…too…predictive!

drjayphd
3 years 1 month 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.

cookmeister
3 years 1 month 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).

drjayphd
3 years 1 month 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)