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Alden Gonzalez is the Angels beat writer and a columnist for MLB.com. He's been with the company since 2008.

  • December 11 8:56 PM ET

    Scioscia on Trout, the rotation, Pujols, etc. …

    Mike Scioscia addressed the media from the site of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday. Here are the highlights … On Tuesday’s trade, in which the Angels acquired Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago for Mark Trumbo … I think it’s a big step in the right direction. It’s always tough to ‑‑ when you’re trying to […] More»
  • December 09 11:09 PM ET

    Dipoto, from Day 1 of the Winter Meetings …

    As reporters waited in the hallway for their scheduled session with Jerry Dipoto, the Angels’ general manager walked towards his suite while chatting with D-backs GM Kevin Towers. “Just friends talking,” Dipoto said. Maybe. But the D-backs are one team that could be interested in someone like Mark Trumbo, and may have some cost-controlled starting […] More»
  • December 06 9:26 PM ET

    Angels’ competition getting tougher …

    The American League West didn’t necessarily, well, impress last year. Here’s how it stacked up in combined wins … AL East: 433 NL Central: 421 AL Central: 400 NL West: 399 NL East: 391 AL West: 387 And here’s where it ranked in run-differential … AL East: 235 NL Central: 219 AL Central: 0 NL […] More»
  • December 03 3:41 AM ET

    How much is left for starting pitching? …

    The Angels’ budget got a little clearer on Monday, upon announcing they were non-tendering Jerome Williams, Tommy Hanson, Chris Nelson and Juan Gutierrez. That clears about $10 million in projected salary, crucial to an Angels team that needs to add at least two starting pitchers while staying below the luxury-tax threshold of $189 million. So, […] More»
  • December 03 1:11 AM ET

    Jerome Williams an intriguing dilemma …

    UPDATE, 4:53 P.M. PT: Williams has been non-tendered. ——- As of 3 p.m. PT — six hours before the deadline — Jerome Williams‘ agent hadn’t heard from the Angels on whether or not they’ll tender his client a contract. It’s possible that they haven’t told him anything because it’s a no-brainer that they will, but […] More»
  • November 24 2:55 AM ET

    Angels reportedly sign RP Joe Smith …

    The Angels have signed free-agent reliever Joe Smith to a three-year contract worth about $15 million, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported on Saturday night. Smith has posted a 2.42 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP and a 2.20 strikeout-to-walk ratio with the Indians over the last three years. On the Angels, the 29-year-old right-hander will provide a […] More»
  • November 22 7:29 PM ET

    Bourjos headed to the Cardinals …

    Peter Bourjos is on the verge of getting traded to the Cardinals in a deal that is expected to net  third baseman David Freese to the Angels, a source told MLB.com. The deal is not finalized, but headed in that direction, and other parts could be involved in the trade. More»
  • November 21 9:21 PM ET

    Angels lose Vargas to Royals …

    The Angels’ hopes of resigning free-agent starting pitcher Jason Vargas were squashed on Thursday, when the Royals announced they have signed the veteran left-hander to a four-year contract. The average annual value of Vargas’ new deal, a reported $32 million, is $8 million. The Angels were willing to give him that much, but they weren’t […] More»
  • November 19 11:53 PM ET

    Rick Eckstein talks new gig, bro’s involvement …

    The Angels have announced the hiring of Rick Eckstein as their Major League player information coach, essentially a hybrid role that will be part-on-field coaching and part-scouting, per se. Eckstein lives with his wife and 6-month-old daughter in Central Florida and will be uprooting the family to Southern California for the summer. He already got […] More»
  • November 15 5:56 PM ET

    Voters chime in on their AL MVP ballots …

    MLB.com reached out to the 30 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America regarding their ballots for the AL MVP Award, which saw Mike Trout finish a distant second to Miguel Cabrera for a second straight year. Below were their explanations for why they sided where they did in the seemingly-never-ending Trout vs. Miggy debate […] More»
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