MLB In Full Bloom 2/15/13

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 MLB News & Notes

  • The Los Angeles Angels held a big press conference on Thursday and rolled out all their big offensive guns -  Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, and Josh Hamilton. However, there were no pitchers in the spotlight. Its safe to say that the Angels are going to try and out slug other clubs. Angles General manager Jerry Dipoto made a strong case when Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports asked him why the Angels did what they did in the offseason. Dipoto chose Hamilton over Zack Greinke and said that a hitter entails less risk on a long-term deal than a pitcher, which is hard to ague. The two areas of emphasis for Dipoto was offense and bullpen depth. The Angels top two starters Jared Weaver and C.J. Wilson are highly paid, but Dipoto went cheap when he added Tommy Hanson, Justin Vargas, and Joe Blanton. Dipoto pointed to Vargas and Blanton being good fits because of their durability, but it is fair to ask if these pitchers are good enough to get the Angels to the postseason.
  • Mike Trout reported to Angels' camp at 240 pounds. Trout weighed 210 pounds last season, but gained 10-15 pounds over the winter. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times says Trout looked like an NFL running back last season and now resembles a fullback.
  • Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jason Isringhausen has been hired to be the pitching coach at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While he has not officially retired, it is safe to say that his 16-year major league career is over.
  • Andrew Cashner is confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day even though he won't begin throwing bullpen sessions until around March 1. Cashner required emergency surgery in December after suffering a lacerated tendon in his right thumb during a hunting accident.
  • CC Sabathia (elbow) will throw his first spring training bullpen session on Saturday. Sabathia underwent surgery in October to remove a small bone spur from his left elbow, but he'll be on a normal schedule this spring.
  • Las Vegas released the Opening Day win totals for the upcoming season. In 2013, no MLB teams projected to win over 90 games. The three teams that are projected to win 90 games are the Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, and the Washington Nationals. The Los Angeles Angels are projected just behind those three teams with 89.5 wins. Other notable teams were the Texas Rangers (87), New York Yankees (86.5), Oakland Athletics (81), Boston Red Sox (79.5), Chicago Cubs (72), and the Houston Astros (59.5).
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1990 - A thirty-two day lockout began as major league owners refused to open spring training camp without reaching a new Basic Agreement with the players. The season was delayed one week due to the lock-out.