Angels Leadoff Links – January 16, 2015


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It is time for another edition of the Angels Leadoff Links — Hurrah! We have once again scoured the FanSided baseball network searching for the stories that matter most to Angels’ fans. Thankfully, the talented writers here at FanSided have written a number of articles about situations or players with ties the the Halos. Pull up a chair, butter up a bagel, and catch up on all the stories you may have missed from the past 24 hours.

David Price is entering his final year of arbitration with the Detroit Tigers. Price was dealt from the Tampa Bay Rays to the Tigers at last season’s trade deadline. Josh Scramlin of Motor City Bengals believes the Tigers and Price are likely to disagree over salary figures this offseason, and Price’s representation may be forced to plead his case at an arbitration hearing in February. If the 29-year-old does manage to make it to free agency following next season, you can bet the Angels will be first in line to try and sign the superstar southpaw.

Next: Detroit Tigers and David Price Likely to Disagree Over Salary

Former Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos avoided arbitration on Thursday by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $1.65 million with the St. Louis Cardinals. Miranda Remaklus, co-editor of Redbird Rants, breaks down the new deal, and discusses Bourjos’ future with the Cards. The 27-year-old has always been gifted with the leather, but the Cardinals are still waiting for his offensive skill set to fully develop.

Next: Peter Bourjos, St. Louis Cardinals avoid arbitration

Max Scherzer and James Shields remarkably remain unsigned in mid January. More shocking yet is the fact that neither player has even been seriously linked to any teams. Ehsan Kassim, editor of Marlin Maniac, discusses a recent report from ESPN’s Jim Bowden that states the Miami Marlins will reel in either Scherzer or Shields. This coming to fruition seems improbable, but as we all know, money talks, and the Marlins have been known to throw heaps of cash at free agents in the past.

Next: ESPN's Jim Bowden Believes Marlins will Land Scherzer or Shields

Francisco Rodriguez had an incredible bounce back season in 2014 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Rodriguez saved 44 games, posted a 3.04 ERA, and made his first All-Star appearance since 2009. Rodriguez has failed to generate much interest on the open market this offseason, but recent rumors have linked him to the Colorado Rockies. Connor Farrell of Rox Pile wonders if it is such a great idea for the Rockies to pursue the 33-year-old right hander. K-Rod starred in Anaheim for seven seasons, recording 208 saves, and setting the Major League record for saves in a single season back in 2008 by tallying 62.

Next: Rockies Targeting Former Closers: A Good Idea?

The Toronto Blue Jays have caused quite a ruckus this offseason in their pursuit of a replacement for Club President Paul Beeston. The Blue Jays contract with Beeston expired this past October, and it appears they are cutting ties with the first employee in club history. It appears the Blue Jays have settled on Baltimore Orioles General Manager Dan Duquette to fill the ample hope left by Beeston. Domenic A. Vadala, editor of Birds Watcher gives his take on the murky situation, and offers his thoughts on where the Orioles go from here.

Next: Revisiting the Dan Duquette situation

More from LA Angels News

Unfortunately, I have awoken to discover more snowy flakes have drifted from the heavens as I slept last night. This kind of weather makes it even harder to believe Angels’ pitchers and catchers are due to report to Tempe in just 34 days. Even crazier, the Halos will be up in Seattle to face the M’s on opening day in 80 days. For those of us stuck in wintery weather, the shift to baseball season cannot come soon enough!

Next: Who Will the Angels Target Next Offseason?