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Jason Vargas and Erick Aybar Placed on Waivers – MLB Trade Rumors
“The Angels placed left-hander Jason Vargas and shortstop Erick Aybar on waivers, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link). The claiming period for both players expires on Wednesday.”
Trumbo chases Angels home run milestone – MLB.com
“The Angels entered Tuesday with 33 games left in their schedule, and Mark Trumbo was already one home run away from reaching 30 again.No. 29 came in the ninth inning of a game the Angels were on their way to losing on Monday night, a laser to straightaway center field that gave the slugging first baseman a home run in three consecutive games. Trumbo finished that night ranked fourth in the American League in homers. With his next one, he’ll be the first Angels player to slug 30 in back-to-back seasons since Vladimir Guerrero from 2004-06, while joining Tim Salmon and Troy Glaus as the only players to do it before turning 28.”
The Many Sins of Mike Scioscia’s Bullpen Management – Monkey with a Halo
“As any Angel fans knows all too well, the bullpen has a been a Groundhog Day-esque nightmare for the last few seasons. Every year the Angels say they realize how poor the relief work was and that they will address it in the off-season. They then attempt to do so only to come back the next year and the bullpen is somehow worse. It goes on and on. However, this year the bullpen’s struggles seem to be exacerbated by the way Mike Scioscia has employed it.”