Angels Leadoff Links – December 28, 2014


More from Halo Hangout

Halo Hangout strives to provide readers with the best stories from around the FanSided baseball network that relate to Angels’ fans. Most general managers around the league appear determined to waste time being merry with friends and family, but luckily a few gm’s have their priorities in order. Just like in the real world, there are still some bargains to be had for thrifty gm’s.

The big news of the day came out of Chicago, where it was reported that Cubs’ shortstop Starlin Castro has been detained for questioning down in the Dominican Republic for his role in a nightclub shooting. Nicholas D. Blazek, co-editor at Cubbies Crib, has the skinny.

Next: Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro detained for questioning

Ehsan Kassim, co-editor of Marlin Maniac, wonders if a potential swap of C.J. Wilson and Dan Haren is on the horizon for the Angels. Judging from reaction of the Dan Haren rumors on twitter, Halo fans have no interest in a reunion with Haren.

Next: Does a C.J. Wilson for Dan Haren Trade Make Sense?

Matt McHugh of Swingin’ A’s thinks general manager Billy Beane should to put down his Christmas pudding and trade for Daniel Nava. The A’s have been adding and subtracting all winter, and McHugh suggests Nava would be an affordable upgrade for the Athletics in left field.

Next: Daniel Nava: A Possible Solution for the Athletics in Left Field?

As Angels’ fans know, Royals reliever Brandon Finnegan made a huge difference for the Royals down the stretch and into October. David Hill, co-editor at Kings of Kauffman, debates whether Finnegan should stay in the ‘pen next season, or transition to the Royals rotation.

Next: What Should the Royals Do With Brandon Finnegan?

Joseph Jacquez of Venom Strikes suggests southpaw reliever Oliver Perez will play an even bigger role in the Diamondbacks success this coming season. Perez has been startlingly effective over the past couple seasons, but with the likes of Justin Upton, Howie Kendrick and Jimmy Rollins joining the NL West, he will be hard pressed to duplicate his 2014 numbers.

Next: Oliver Perez Is Going To Be More Important In 2015

More from LA Angels News

It should be interesting to see if any teams will make a splash move before the New Year. Historically speaking, this is a slow time of the year for baseball news. Thankfully, FanSided has a bevy of talented writers eager to share their thoughts about the upcoming season.

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