Here's the latest out of Los Angeles/Anaheim, where Mark Saxon of ESPN speculates that Francisco Cordero could land with the Angels because of a bloated closer market, where Mike DiGiovanna asks whether Pujols could ever live up to his contract (no), and Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com looks at the club potentially extending Dan Haren and Ervin Santana:
Could Francisco Cordero fall in Angels' laps? - Los Angeles Angels Blog - ESPN Los Angeles
"Francisco Cordero, a three-time All-Star, is still out there unsigned and could be a perfect stop gap until the Angels feel Jordan Walden is ready for the full-time pressure of the ninth inning."
Albert Pujols: Will the Angels get what they're paying for him? - latimes.com
"If owner Arte Moreno sells the team after Pujols' retirement, he could recoup a big chunk of his massive investment, which was made possible, in part, by a 17-year television rights extension with Fox Sports that will pay the Angels between $2 billion and $2.5 billion beginning in 2016."
Starting pitcher extensions? - Alden Gonzalez | mlb.com
"But what about the starting pitchers? More specifically, what about Dan Haren and Ervin Santana? The Angels have some leeway with both because they hold 2013 club options in each case. But as you all know, teams love locking up quality starting pitchers long term (though the Angels may not be able to fit that into their agenda this offseason)."
Santana not allowed to pitch in winter ball - Alden Gonzalez | angels.com
"The reason is simple: The Angels don't think it's a good idea for a starter they're going to rely on for 200-plus innings to crank it up for a one-month stretch in January, then shut it down and start back up again in Spring Training shortly thereafter."
Angels, Howie Kendrick Agree to Four-Year Deal - MLB Daily Dish
Kendrick, 28, was entering his final year of arbitration eligibility. The deal also buys out his first three years of free agency. The second baseman has hit .292/.329/.434 over the first six seasons of his career, good for a 105 OPS+.
Angels Minors Discard Instructors for Coordinators - Halos Heaven
"The Angels announced their 2012 minor league staffs and have added to their corporate luster by re-branding their minor league instructors as 'Coordinators.'"