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Dec 16, 2017
The (almost last minute) holiday gift guide for that crazed Angels fan in your life

The (almost last minute) holiday gift guide for that crazed Angels fan in your life

The holiday season is in full swing, and if you still need to get a present for someone in your life that also happens to be a hardcore Halos fan, then we’ve got you covered. The holiday season is in full swing, and has been for some time now, which means we’re all knee-deep in novelty songs, red&green decorations everywhere, menorahs galore, neighborhood light shows, and everything else that makes December both a feast and an assault on our senses. We’re about halfway through the month, which means you will have less and less time to get that special someone, be it family member,...
Dec 15, 2017
Billy Eppler strikes again!: Angels sign IF Zack Cozart to three-year, $38 mil deal

Billy Eppler strikes again!: Angels sign IF Zack Cozart to three-year, $38 mil deal

Cozart has mostly played SS, but he’ll move over to 3B for the Halos and also provide depth in case of injury to Kinsler or Simmons. Amazing move once again from our venerable GM, Billy Eppler. This winter doesn’t want to slow down or stop at all, does it? I should clarify, I guess: When I say “winter” I’m referring to the MLB offseason, and when I say “doesn’t want to slow down or stop at all” I’m specifically talking about the man with the plan, the GM who is all about TCB, the front office god himself, BILLY F****** EPPLER! A week ago, it was the Shohei Ohtani news,...
Dec 15, 2017
The Angels could see many majestic bat flips next season

The Angels could see many majestic bat flips next season

Luis Valbuena left a sour taste in many people’s mouths after a dreadful first half, but he might have been better in 2017 than you realize. When Luis Valbuena went down during Spring Training with his Grade 1 right hamstring sprain after just getting back from hamstring surgery, it was disappointing to say the least. The Angels didn’t receive him back from the DL until early May and, here at Halos Heaven, we had high hopes after he crushed in his rehab stint. And then the first half happened. If knowing that he had a 59 wRC+ in that time frame isn’t enough to make you cringe, maybe...
Dec 15, 2017
WeekEnd HaloLinks: Eppler still big game hunting

WeekEnd HaloLinks: Eppler still big game hunting

The Angels scored a big one at Winter Meets, but still have one last big move to make. Winter Meetings are now over. Billy Eppler did very well, scoring a big one in Ian Kinsler for second base for a fairly low price. Adding those to what he has already done since the 2017 season ended, Eppler has a chance to wrap things up in time for Christmas. Still Big Game hunting, there is a chance to upgrade at third base and rumors are flying all over that he is busy at that even as I type this. Get that done, Billy, and you can relax until after New Years before doing your thing of picking through...
Dec 14, 2017
The Angels have a new top 20 prospect thanks to the Rule 5 Draft

The Angels have a new top 20 prospect thanks to the Rule 5 Draft

The Angels may have found a gem in the Rule 5 draft Stop me if you’ve heard this before: The Angels signed/drafted/traded for a pitcher who has not yet lived up to his potential due to a history with injuries. It’s a theme that has played out over and over and over - even with the recent signing of Shohei Ohtani. The Twins lost two prospects in the Rule 5 Draft this year and the Eppler and crew were on the receiving end of the 12th round pick when they snagged the 27 year old righty. Luke Bard was a 16th round pick by the Red Sox in 2009 out of high school but it was the Twins who...
Dec 14, 2017
The Mike Trout Factor: Tangible Intangibles

The Mike Trout Factor: Tangible Intangibles

Mike Trout’s super-human abilities are beginning to manifest themselves beyond the field of play. Billy Eppler and the Angels are having themselves quite an offseason so far. I need not list his conquests for this crowd, but just to put it into perspective: November 2, Justin Upton agrees to bypass his opt-out, which would have made him the best position player in a weak free agent class, to sign a very reasonable 5 year, $106 million deal. November 30, they acquire Jim Johnson and $1.2 million of the Braves’ international pool space, bolstering their bullpen and announcing to the...
Dec 14, 2017
The Ian Kinsler trade is a hallmark Eppler move. It’s also a good trade.

The Ian Kinsler trade is a hallmark Eppler move. It’s also a good trade.

Kinsler would only waive his no-trade clause for Anaheim, so you know a certain someone had to swoop in. #OpportunisticAppler The Angels have been seriously interested in Ian Kinsler for a long, long time, but yesterday Angels GM Billy Eppler and Tigers GM Al Avila were finally able to work out the kinks, hammering out a trade that sent Ian Kinsler to Anaheim. Angels get: 2b Ian Kinsler Tigers get: OF Troy Montgomery, RHP Wilkel Hernandez I have been clamoring for this move for a long time, and not to congratulate myself or anything, but I’d like to leave this right here. I still...
Dec 14, 2017
Thor’sLinks: 2B or not 2B? That is the Kinsler

Thor’sLinks: 2B or not 2B? That is the Kinsler

Eppler licks up Ian Kinsler to plug second base. Halos are the Killer D’s. Welp, the massive hole in 2B has been filled, for a year at least. Billy Eppler marched down the field from the 50 yard line and kicked himself a field goal. Sure, there is a lot of room for disagreement here, but the easiest list for me to reference would be the official MLB forecast. And MLB (updated with Shohei Ohtani as everybody’s #1) had the guys Eppler sent to Detroit - OF Troy Montgomery at #20 and RHP Wilkel Hernandez at #24. So Eppler didn’t get a Jose Altuve or Jose Ramirez, but he didn’t lose a...
Dec 13, 2017
MLB Winter Meetings: Angels trade for Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler is a done deal

MLB Winter Meetings: Angels trade for Tigers 2B Ian Kinsler is a done deal

He wasn’t at the top of my second base wish list, but he makes sense for the Halos. After hearing numerous rumors about talks and back and forth between the Angels and veteran 2B Ian Kinsler, it looks like Billy Eppler has finally gone and done it. Ian Kinsler is set to become the Halos newest injection of veteran talent at the second base spot, and whether we love or hate or hate to love Kinsler, I think we’ll all wish him the best with his new club. With four words and a hashtag, Ken Rosenthal lit the Halosphere on fire with yet another important signing of the offseason: Source:...
Dec 13, 2017
Angels Rule 5 Draft Preview

Angels Rule 5 Draft Preview

The 2017 Rule 5 Draft takes place on Thursday at the Winter Meetings This year, the draft takes place on Thursday at 9AM EST or 6AM PST for us California peeps and you can catch a live stream of the Rule 5 Draft on MLB.com. But before you wake up early to watch the Angels nab the next big star, let’s take a look at last few years 2016: Justin Haley, RHP (Red Sox) - Was promptly traded to the Twins who flipped him to the Padres. The Angels spent 100K on Haley so they must have had a deal in place to get a decent amount of cash back in return (no PTNL was exchanged) 2015: Deolis Guerra,...
Dec 13, 2017
Winter Meetings Wednesday Thread

Winter Meetings Wednesday Thread

I know we’ve got Upton and Ohtani, but let’s see another Angels move! Alright, everyone, the Angels will make a move today. I know it’ll happen because I have finals all day. After all of the late night Ohtani drama, we could use some good news. Let’s see what happens.
Dec 13, 2017
HumpLinks: Ohtani...Oh, ouchie!

HumpLinks: Ohtani...Oh, ouchie!

Shohei Ohtani has a UCL sprain, and elbow floaties. Let’s all overreact immediately. This is what I have been holding my breath against: Shohei Ohtani has some serious goings on with his pitching arm. Now, one would have to assume that the standard medical clearance that pro ballplayers go through with any transaction would have informed the Angels of all this so it is probably not any surprise in Anaheim. I might even guess that his health was something that was available to all MLB teams through the Nippon-Ham Fighters. And nobody wanted to walk away from the chance. It’s just...
Dec 13, 2017
Yes, recent Angels acquistion Shohei Ohtani has a sprained UCL. No, I’m not worried...yet.

Yes, recent Angels acquistion Shohei Ohtani has a sprained UCL. No, I’m not worried...yet.

Halos fans have been down this road before, so nobody can blame them for overreacting. Still, there’s reason to believe that Ohtani’s elbow is already getting blown out of proportion. After learning that Shohei Ohtani, every GM’s top prize for the ongoing offseason, decided to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, many fans/writers/randos, after collecting their breath and doing their best to make the world stop spinning and their hearts not explode, began to wonder about the details of this momentous acquistion. Specifically...WHY? Why did Ohtani choose the Halos? What was the thing...
Dec 12, 2017
MLB Winter Meetings: Angels “in on” Ian Kinsler

MLB Winter Meetings: Angels “in on” Ian Kinsler

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Angels are “in on” Ian Kinsler. Angels remain in on Kinsler— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 13, 2017 The Angels’ interest in Kinsler has been longstanding, dating back to the 2016-17 offseason when the Angels were looking for a second baseman. And the July trade deadline, when the Angels were looking for a second baseman. And the August trade deadline, when the Angels were looking for a second baseman. Can you sense a trend here? Tigers GM Al Avila has stated his desire to trade Ian Kinsler in the near future. Good morning from...
Dec 12, 2017
MLB Winter Meetings: Tigers exchanging names in Ian Kinsler trade

MLB Winter Meetings: Tigers exchanging names in Ian Kinsler trade

Day 2 of the Winter Meetings, and we’ve got potential trade action. It appears the Detroit Tigers are quite close to trading their second baseman, Ian Kinsler. Per Yahoo! Sports’ Jason Beck, they are just exchanging names at this point. While Michael Fulmer trade rumors have created a buzz at Winter Meetings, sounds like Tigers getting closer to trading Ian Kinsler. “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged,” Al Avila said. “We just can’t agree.”— Jason Beck (@beckjason) December 12, 2017 We do not definitively know who the other side of the trade...