Game 5: Padres-Angels …

Padres (1-5)

Cameron Maybin, CF
Makr Kotsay, LF
Yonder Alonso, 1B
Carlos Quentin, DH
Nick Hundley, C
Will Venable, RF
Jedd Gyorko, 3B
Jeudy Valdez, SS
Everth Cabrera, 2B
RH: Clayton Richard

Angels (3-1)

Erick Aybar SS
Howie Kendrick 2B
Albert Pujols 1B
Torii Hunter RF
Vernon Wells LF
Bobby Abreu DH
Alberto Callaspo 3B
Chris Iannetta C
Peter Bourjos CF
SP: Ervin Santana (others: John Hellweg, Trevor Bell, Kevin Jepsen)

Some notes from this morning …

  • Reliever Bobby Cassevah should be off a mound for the next couple of days. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said his arm is “a little behind,” but added: “It shouldn’t impact where he is at the end of spring.”
  • Scioscia said Mark Trumbo (right foot) is “close.” He’ll run the bases today and do an aggressive fielding drill with some of the coaches. Trumbo targeted Saturday as the day he’d be in full game mode a couple days ago.
  • Recovering slugger Kendrys Morales (left ankle) run the bases without bases earlier this morning and Scioscia said he got a “really good report.” The next step is for him to push off bases and make a turn.
  • Mike Trout, who lost 10 pounds with his illness, is still a little ways away from getting in games but said he’s feeling good.
  • Jerome Williams (left hamstring) needs to make at least four Spring Training starts in order to start the season in the rotation. The Angels don’t need a fifth starter until April 15, and Scoiscia is confident he’s got enough time if all goes according to plan, but the deadline is fast approaching. “There’s a definite line where he’s going to have to be out there pitching in a game,” Scioscia said, “but we’re not near it yet.”
  • Maicer Izturis, Scioscia said, is nursing some tightness in his legs.
  • The veteran guys who have not pitched yet — guys like Scott Downs, LaTroy Hawkins and Jason Isringhausen — should get in there by Monday.
  • Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, C.J. Wilson, Santana, Albert Pujols and Torii Hunter are all on the cover of the Angels media guide.

Some Angels links from Thursday …

Some links from around the AL West …

  • Transitioning closer Neftali Feliz made his first start, officially putting him in the rotation mix
  • Top prospect Jarrod Parker also made his spring debut for the Athletics
  • Second baseman Dustin Ackley homered for the Mariners

Udonis Haslem still confident in the clutch despite struggles. I know I trust him.

2 Comments

Nice article. As a trial aonertty in Virginia that has to come with creative strategies I had an idea about how to proceed with Jose Reyes and so here it goes. How about the Mets if they can’t sign Reyes prior to time he has to decide on accepting arbitration why don’t Mets offer a deal based upon arbitration. I think they should negotiate a deal where they would have the parameters of multiple options. Let’s say for instance if the Mets and Reyes’ agent wanted to have a salary range of say 15 to 25 million a year. Then for every option between 15 and 25 would come with an associated long term deal. For instance if Reyes wanted to tried to get paid 25 million in arbitration for a year then if he won then that would trigger a deal for say 25 million for 4 years. On the flip side may be he would want to have more guaranteed years so may be he would want to put in an arbitration bid of say 20 million and that would may be a corresponding 5 year deal with vesting options. The parties instead of agreeing to a set contract would basically negotiate potential options and then they would have until arbitration hearing to either work out long term deal or go into arbitration. This has never been tried but I think it is a good idea because Reyes’ injuries his value isn’t settled. This would allow all parties to decide what’s most important to themselves. In arbitration the arbitrator only can decide either for player or team. The underlying contract would be the parameters and would be implemented based on arbiters decision. Normally teams shy away from arbitration but in this instance it may work for both parties. Tulowitzki’s 10 year deal only averages out at a little under 16 million a year so both parties would have interesting arguments to make but would have to look at ramifications of what they ask for in arbitration. Just an idea. What does everyone think?

Sharp thinking! Thanks for the answer.

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