The Angels acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.
Columnist Mark Whicker examines the latest Angels trade:
Heaney joins an Angels starting rotation that ran out of racetrack during the American League Division Series. Garrett Richards had gone down in August, and C.J. Wilson, the Game 3 starter, lasted as long as a pizza in a frat house.
Columnist Mark Whicker takes a look at Dodgers, Angels trades:
There was no heir apparent at second base, although they quickly plucked Josh Rutledge from Colorado. They needed a starting pitcher and they got Heaney, who eases the absence of Tyler Skaggs.
But when manager Mike Scioscia was asked about his team’s MVPs last September, he cited Kendrick and shortstop Erick Aybar. And, yeah, he knows who Mike Trout is.
J.P. Hoornstra checks in from the first day on Winter Meetings in San Diego.
Including an update on the status of pitcher C.J. Wilson:
Contrary to a published report, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said that he hasn’t had any trade discussions regarding left-hander C.J. Wilson since October. One team called after the World Series and their discussion lasted 10 minutes. “C.J. has been an exceptionally good starting pitcher with the exception of the last half of the 2012 season and the last half of 2014,” Dipoto said.