Angels Leadoff Links – January 17, 2015


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The Angels Leadoff Links are your destination to find the stories from around the FanSided baseball network that mean the most to Angels’ fans. Typically, this is a rough time of year for baseball fans, but the talented writers at FanSided have your bases covered for all your baseball needs. Take a seat, slice open a grapefruit, and catch up on all the stories from around Major League Baseball you may have missed over the past 24 hours.

David Price avoided arbitration with the Detroit Tigers on Friday by singing a one-year deal worth $19.75 million. Price’s contract broke the one-year salary arbitration record previously held by Max ScherzerMatt Pelc, editor at Motor City Bengals breaks down the deal, and discusses the other signings made by the Tigers on Friday.

Next: David Price agrees to record setting one-year, $19.75M contract

Munenori Kawasaki is returning to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2015 — and the crowd goes wild! The fan favorite accepted a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League spring training. Keegan Matheson, co-editor at Jays Journal, welcomes Muni back to T.O., and explores his chances of earning a roster spot this spring down in Dunedin.

Next: Toronto Blue Jays re-sign Munenori Kawasaki

Mark Trumbo spent parts of four seasons in Anaheim before being dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks last offseason. Trumbo is arbitration eligible for the second time in his career, and it appears talks have broken down between the slugger and the D-backs. Joseph Jacquez, editor of Venom Strikes, writes that Trumbo requested nearly $7 million in salary, but Arizona offered just $5.3 million. If the two sides fail to reach a deal, they will head to court next moth where an arbitrator will settle the case.

Next: Trumbo, Reed Exchange Salary Numbers with Diamondbacks

Major League Baseball took a big step towards shortening the length of games yesterday when they announced they would be experimenting with a pitch clock in the minor leagues this season. While it is likely to illicit strong reactions, a pitch clock is one way baseball believes they can attract a younger audience. Wayne Cavadi of Grading on the Curve discusses the rule change, and wonders if implementing a pitch clock will make much of a difference in 2015.

Next: MiLB To Implement Pitch Clock in 2015

After spending 2014 with the Kansas City Royals, Nori Aoki has finally signed with a new team. The veteran outfielder signed a one-year deal worth $4 million dollars with the San Francisco Giants on Friday. Mark O’Neill, senior-editor of Around the Foghorn, conveys his excitement over the Giants new left fielder.

Next: San Francisco Giants sign Nori Aoki

More from LA Angels News

33 days Angels’ fans, 33 days. That is how long we have to wait until pitchers and catchers begin reporting to spring training in Tempe. After that, it will be time for opening day in Seattle against the Mariners. Will Jerry Dipoto and his staff make any more moves before the season kicks off in the next 79 days? We are entering the home stretch Angels’ fans. Baseball is within sight!

Next: Will Matt Shoemaker Regress in 2015?