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80-82, 4th in AL West

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Besides catcher, the Angels are basically done on the position-player side. And they might not do anything groundbreaking in the bullpen, either. They still need at least two starting pitchers, with lefties Dallas Keuchel and Yusei Kikuchi remaining at the top of the free-agent market — and a pretty big drop-off from there.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels have agreed to terms with LHH 1B Justin Bour, a source confirmed. It is a one-year deal. He can fill in for Albert Pujols when he needs to DH or take a day off.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler would not confirm the signing of Justin Bour, as reported by Yahoo's Jeff Passan. Makes sense, though. LHH 1B who can fill in on days when Albert Pujols, 38 and coming off knee surgery, needs to DH or is relegated to the bench.

David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The Angels have agreed to terms with first baseman Justin Bour, which creates this obvious fallout: Albert Pujols is now a very expensive platoon first baseman, since Shohei Ohtani will be the DH. Trouble is, Pujols hasn't even hit lefties the past two seasons, with a .217/.284/.353 line. Pujols has three years left on his contract, but at some point -- soon -- the Angels have to decide whether he's really worth the roster spot.

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2dAlden Gonzalez

Source: Angels agree with 1B Bour on 1-year deal

First baseman Justin Bour has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels, a source confirmed to ESPN. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, which could see Bour and Albert Pujols splitting time.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Brad Ausmus' most difficult task as Angels manager will be juggling Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani at DH. "There's going to be a balance," Ausmus said. "We don't expect Ohtani to be ready when the season (starts). There will be DH at-bats earlier in the season made available to (Pujols). And hopefully he gets off to a hot start. But for me, the bigger and more delicate balance is how often can (Pujols) go to first. That's really the most important thing based on the health of his knees."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Shohei Ohtani has displayed "great range of motion" in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, Angels GM Billy Eppler said. I asked Eppler if it was possible for Ohtani to get 500 to 600 plate appearances next season. "Too early to tell," he said. "We don't even have a hitting progression today. We won't be able to put that together until his late January assessment. And then we can start putting some pen to paper and write out his first marker."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler, looking for lots of pitching and a starting catcher, said he was a little bit more active on the trade market than the free-agent market today. The Angels reportedly fell short on Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi, which at least shows they have been active. Eppler said he has deals in place that he could make. "We could kick a field goal if we wanted to, but let's go for a touchdown."

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4dAlden Gonzalez

Cowart eyes Ohtani feat despite 'huge workload'

Kaleb Cowart, claimed by Seattle off waivers from the Angels, said he is excited about attempting to become the big league's second two-way player despite the inherent challenges.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Mariners announced Kaleb Cowart as an infielder and a pitcher. Looks like they're going to try him as a two-way player. Cowart was a really good pitcher in high school and has always had a big arm.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto really has a knack for acquiring former players. Today, he claimed Kaleb Cowart off waivers from the Angels, the team that made him the 18th pick in 2010. Cowart has evolved into a switch-hitting utility guy who can play 3B, 1B, 2B and LF.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

New Rangers manager Chris Woodward will now have to face Shohei Ohtani often. He knew he could pitch, but didn't think he would become such a good hitter. "I wasn't convinced to start the year," Woodward said. "He proved me and a lot of people wrong."

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3dSam Miller

The many ways Mike Trout dominated in 2018

MLB's best player had his best season yet in 2018. Mike Trout -- No. 20 on ESPN the Magazine's list of the year's top athletes -- is still the toughest out in the game.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Angels have finalized their coaching staff, including the promotions of Jose Molina and Mike Gallego from the minor leagues.

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Ex-Angels ace Richards agrees to Padres' deal

The Padres have agreed to a two-year contract with former Angels ace Garrett Richards, who is expected to miss the 2019 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Tommy La Stella slugged only .331 last year, but he got on base 34 percent of the time and is a left-handed bat with flexibility at 3B and 2B. He can compete for an everyday role with the Angels at either spot, depending on which one Zack Cozart plays. The others in the mix — Taylor Ward, David Fletcher and Luis Rengifo — are young and unproven.

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15dJesse Rogers

Cubs trade fan-favorite La Stella to Angels

Tommy La Stella, a fan favorite who set the Cubs' single-season record with 24 pinch hits last season, has been traded to the Angels, where he could earn everyday at-bats.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs72115th
Batting Average.24220th
On Base Percentage.31320th
Slugging Percentage.41312th
Earned Run Average4.1519th
Quality Starts7918th
WHIP1.3219th
BAA.24815th