Evidently the Angels have found a pot of gold. They just keep doling out money, this time taking care of a guy that is already on the roster.
Saturday, the Angels signed Howie Kendrick to an 4-year contract extension. The deal is reported to be worth 33.5 million, a contract very similar to the one Rickie Weeks of the Brewers signed last spring. Kendrick still has to pass his physical, so the deal won’t become official until he does.
After so many years of letting their homegrown products leave, it’s nice to see the Angels lock one up. Kendrick may never win the multiple batting titles that many people predicted he would, but he is still a solid hitter.
The last two seasons bear that out. Kendrick’s followed up his solid 2010 campaign by hitting .285 with 63 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and a career-high 18 homers en route to making his first All-Star team in 2011. The power numbers were the most surprising, as he previous high was 10. He is still a bit injury prone, but when he does play, he normally produces.
Up next for the Angels is Erick Aybar. I received an interesting comment from Rudy, who was wondering if the Angels would make a play for Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins?
There is no questioning Ramirez’ credentials when he is healthy and happy. Offensively, he is as good as any player in the majors, and defensively, it could be argued that he and Aybar are comparable.
The biggest issue is money. Ramirez is owed 46.5 million over the next 3 years. Aybar’s next contract will be no where close to that type of money. Well, it shouldn’t be close to that type of money.
They only way that deal works is if the Marlins take Aybar, and absorb the albatross contract of Vernon Wells. There is not a snowballs chance in hell Ozzie Guillen would take that guy, or that deal, especially after managing Wells former teammate, Alex Rios the past couple years in Chicago. Rios, as we all know, has another unwarranted contract.
I’m also concerned about Ramirez’ attitude. He made no friends in Miami last couple year by not running out ground balls, or making plays he normally would. This year he grumbling about moving to 3rd. That should be another red flag to Angels management.
I think we’ll be seeing Aybar roaming the middle of the infield for the Halos for the next few years, and that’s not a bad thing. The thing about Jerry DiPoto, is you just never know what he has up his sleeve.
One other Angels note: Did you check out the mlbtraderumors question? It was the one that asked should the Angels deal Kendrys Morales or Mark Trumbo. How about neither.
For one, Morales is an unknown. Being unable to play the past year and a half, the Angels would get next to nothing for the guy. Now, if Morales comes back healthy, I could see the Halos dealing him, especially if he proves he is good to go in the spring.
That leaves Trumbo. Now, does anyone remember the names Tom Brunansky and Dante Bichette.
Bichette, like Trumbo, began his Angels career at age 25. The Angels dealt him a few years later, and watched him become a stud in Colorado. Yes, Colorado had the altitude issues, but Bichette learned to hit, and hit pretty well.
Brunansky was another guy the Angels traded away, only to watch him become a solid hitter with with the Twins, etal.
We already know that Trumbo can hit, and I would rather see them bench Wells, even with his bloated contract, then give away another home grown guy, who cam hit, and hit with power.
And the players the Halos received for these 2 past stars? Rob Wilfong, Doug Corbett and a washed up Dave Parker. Yeah, not very good deals. Actually, they were horrible deals.
Hey Angels, if you are gonna deal one of these guys, make sure they come to you, and make them overpay.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.