Are the Angels trying to remove Josh Hamilton from the team? (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Angels are not happy with Josh Hamilton. That much is clear. But would they go as far as buying out his contract– or trading him away?
According to Fox Sports’ MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, discussions have already taken place between team officials and Hamilton that are “aimed at resolving their dispute.” The Angels are said to considering many options, according to Rosenthal, including trading or releasing Hamilton. Rosenthal referenced the cases of Sidney Ponson and Denny Neagle as examples of how the Angels could buy out Hamilton from his contract, if they chose to go that route.
What to do you think? Should the Angels release or trade Hamilton, or should they try to work out things with the troubled outfielder?
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For the first time in his career, Johnny Giavotella can relax. The winner of a four-way battle for the Angels’ starting second baseman job can enjoy a luxury he was never afforded during four seasons in the Royals organization bouncing back and forth from the minor leagues.
The 2008 second-round pick by the Royals was demoted more times than he cares to remember, spending the majority of the last two years with the Royals Triple-A team.
“It’s just the business side of things, but it’s not easy to go back down and pack all your stuff up, you know, drive four hours and play another game that night,” Giavotella said “The atmosphere is a lot different in Triple-A then it is in the big leagues and it’s not a fun road trip to be on.”
Garrett Richards is ready. It’s the Angels who aren’t.
Richards will make at least one start in Triple-A before to test the repaired patella tendon in his left knee before he joins the Angels rotation, delaying the return of the team’s best pitcher last year.
Richards threw 97 pitches in a simulated game on Thursday, his fourth appearance in a controlled environment. It was enough to convince him he’s ready to start on Tuesday.
“I feel like I’m ready to go,” Richards said. “(Thursday) was probably the best I’ve felt from start to finish without fatiguing or anything like that. Covering bases was fine and fielding bunts and stuff was fine…I feel like I’m right where I need to be.”
J.P. Hoornstra checks in from Spring Trianing …
TEMPE, Ariz. >> Angels pitcher Matt Shoemaker was feeling calm as he warmed up for Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Royals on a warm afternoon in the desert.
Then a bee buzzed around his head.
“(Erick) Aybar yelled ‘Shoe there’s a swarm coming!’ That’s when I ran off the field,” Shoemaker said.
The swarm migrated like a tornado from left-center field at Tempe Diablo Stadium to the protective netting behind home plate. It finally settled on the “shotgun microphone,” perched high up in the net, used to pick up the crack of a bat for radio and television broadcasts. After 10 minutes Shoemaker warmed up again and the umpires allowed the game to begin.
The bees had the best seat in the house.
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