Angels owner Arte Moreno: Stadium negotiations going ‘nowhere’

From J.P. Hoornstra …

Angels owner Arte Moreno said he has not discussed the current Angel Stadium lease agreement with the city of Anaheim since September of last year, telling reporters Friday that negotiations are going “nowhere.”

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Spring Training 2015: Top 5 Angels storylines to watch for

 

J.P. Hoornstra takes a look at the five storylines to watch as Angels begin spring training:

1. THE RACE TO REPLACE KENDRICK

Grant Green, Josh Rutledge, Johnny Giavotella and Taylor Featherston are all vying to become Erick Aybar’s double-play partner. Green’s ceiling is the highest of the four, but he’s been inconsistent since becoming an Angel midway through the 2013 season. Rutledge, acquired in a trade with the Rockies, has spent more time at shortstop and struggled to hit away from Coors Field in his career. Giavotella is a light hitter with four years of major-league experience with the Royals. Featherston, a Rule 5 pick, is a longshot.

2. GARRETT RICHARDS’ KNEE

Richards was in the running for a Cy Young Award when he suffered a devastating knee injury last August. As of today, his throwing program isn’t so far behind that he can’t make his first start of the season in turn. At 26, Richards is just entering his prime and has a real chance to be the staff ace — knee willing.

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Voters reject PED users for Baseball Hall of Fame, yet Adderall is part of the game

Columnist Mark Whicker looks at the Hall of Fame voting when it comes to PEDs:

The doors have been slammed, the spines have been stiffened, the high horse rides toward Cooperstown.

Barry Bonds is still not a Hall of Famer.

The baseball writers anointed Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio on Tuesday, as they should have.

Next year, Ken Griffey Jr. and Trevor Hoffman will most likely be first-ballot picks.

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