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 Latest Los Angeles Angels Player Notes:

Dec 13 2017 - Ian Kinsler
  2B Ian Kinsler was acqured by the Angels from the Tigers on Wednesday for a pair of minor-leaguers. Kinsler will be a free agent after the 2018 season, and the Angels are expected to assume all of the remaining $11 million on his contract. Kinsler, 35, spent the last four seasons with Detroit, which acquired him from the Texas Rangers for Prince Fielder in November 2013. Last season, he batted a career-worst .236 with 22 homers and 52 RBIs in 139 games. Despite the low batting average, Kinsler was among five second basemen to hit 20 homers and 25 doubles and score 90 runs. He agreed to drop his no-trade clause to move to the Angels.


Dec 8 2017 - Shohei Ohtani
  RHP/OF Shohei Ohtani, a Japenese two-way star, has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, his agent said Friday. Ohtani was put up for bid by the Pacific League's Hippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee. He had until Dec. 22 to agree to a major league deal. The Angels had $2.315 million of international bonus pool money to spend toward Ohtani's offer. Ohtani, who throws right-handed and bats left-handed, plans to be both a pitcher and an outfielder with the Angels. He went 42-15 with a 2.52 ERA in five seasons as a pitcher in Japan, and batted .286 with 48 homers and a .500 slugging percentage.


Dec 4 2017 - Shohei Ohtani
  OF/RHP Shohei Ohtani is regarded as the "Babe Ruth of Japan" but he will not playing for the Yankees. New York GM Brian Cashman said Sunday night that the agents for Ohtani told him the two-way star is not signing with New York. According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox also were informed they were eliminated from the bidding. Other media reports indicated that the Blue Jays, Pirates, Twins, Brewers and Mets are out of the sweepstakes. Media reports indicated that the Mariners and Giants are among nine teams to be granted a meeting with Ohtani.


Nov 30 2017 - Jim Johnson
  RHP Jim Johnson was acquired by the Los Angeles Angels from the Atlanta Braves on Thursday in exchange for minor league pitcher Justin Kelly. Johnson converted 22 of 31 opportunities last season for the Braves. The 34-year-old New York native posted a 6-3 mark with a 5.56 ERA in 61 appearances in 2017. Johnson owns a 33-43 record with a 3.79 ERA in 612 career appearances for the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers and Braves. His 176 saves rank seventh among active pitchers, trailing only Craig Kimbrel (291), Kenley Jansen (230), Aroldis Chapman (204), Joakim Soria (204), Greg Holland (186) and Mark Melancon (179).


Nov 2 2017 - Justin Upton
  OF Justin Upton agreed to a five-year contract extension, the Los Angeles Angels announced on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed by the club, but MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported the deal is worth $106 million. Upton's new contract will span through the 2022 season and will supersede his existing deal that paid him $88.5 million through the 2021 campaign. The four-time All-Star was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 31 for right-handed prospects Grayson Long and Elvin Rodriguez. Upton batted .245 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 27 games with the Angels after hitting .279 with 28 homers and 94 RBIs in 125 contests with the Tigers. Upton set career highs in homers (35), doubles (44), extra-base hits (79), RBIs (109), slugging percentage (.542) and OPS (.904) last season.


Oct 9 2017 - Jason Gurka
  LHP Jason Gurka was designated for assignment on Monday after the Los Angels traded for RHP Felix Pena of the Chicago Cubs. Gurka, 29, made three appearances for Los Angeles this season, allowing three hits in two-thirds of an inning. He gave up 18 runs and 32 hits over 17 1/3 innings with Colorado during the previous two seasons.


Oct 9 2017 - Felix Pena
  RHP Felix Pena was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Los Angeles Angels on Monday. The Angels will send a player to be named later or cash considerations to Chicago in exchange for Pena, Los Angeles general manager Billy Eppler said. Pena, 27, made 25 appearances -- all in relief -- for the Cubs, posting a 1-0 record with a 5.24 ERA. He had a 4.00 ERA with one save in 11 appearances with Chicago in 2016. To make room for Pena on the 40-manroster, the Angels designated left-hander Jason Gurka for assignment. Gurka, 29, made three appearances for Los Angeles this season, allowing three hits in two-thirds of an inning. He gave up 18 runs and 32 hits over 17 1/3 innings with Colorado during the previous two seasons.


Oct 2 2017 - Parker Bridwell
  RHP Parker Bridwell became the team's second double-digit winner this season after allowing no runs and three hits in seven innings of a 6-2 win against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Bridwell (10-3) struck out three and walked one while lowering his ERA to 3.64.


Oct 2 2017 - Mike Trout
  CF Mike Trout went 1-for-2 in a 6-2 win against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Trout was removed for a pinch-runner in the fourth inning and finished the season with a .306 batting average, 33 home runs and 72 RBIs in 114 games.


Oct 2 2017 - Ben Revere
  OF Ben Revere went 2-for-2 after entering as a defensive replacement in a 6-2 win against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Revere finished the season 10-for-29 as a pinch-hitter this season, and his .345 batting average in that role led the AL.


Oct 2 2017 - Cliff Pennington
  2B-SS Cliff Pennington drove in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly in a 6-2 win against the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Pennington finished with 21 RBIs in 87 games this season after totaling 10 RBIs in 74 games last season.


Oct 2 2017 - Ian Kinsler
  INF Ian Kinsler managed Sunday's game for the Tigers, with outgoing manager Brad Ausmus serving as bench coach. Ausmus took the lineup card out to the umpires at the beginning of the game to make sure Kinsler was cleared to make any in-game moves. Kinsler played in 139 games for Detroit this season and hit a career-low .236 with 52 RBIs and 22 home runs.


Oct 1 2017 - Ricky Nolasco
  RHP Ricky Nolasco tied his career high with his 33rd start of the season Saturday night. Nolasco (6-15, 4.92 ERA) went 5 1/3 innings against the Seattle Mariners, allowing one run and seven hits with two strikeouts and a walk. He was in position to win the game until the bullpen allowed five runs in the eighth inning of the 6-4 loss. Nolasco's 33 starts is the most by a Los Angeles pitcher since Jered Weaver started 34 games in 2014.


Oct 1 2017 - Mike Trout
  CF Mike Trout went 0-for-5 in a 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night, but the two-time American League MVP recorded an assist at the plate with a throw from the outfield that was clocked at 94.8 mph, according to Statcast.


Oct 1 2017 - Luis Valbuena
  3B Luis Valbuena went 1-for-2 with a double in a 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night, giving him 28 extra-base hits among his last 37 hits overall (11 doubles, 17 home runs). He drove in two runs to give him 15 RBIs in his past 22 games.


Oct 1 2017 - Justin Upton
  LF Justin Upton was 2-for-4 with a double in a 6-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. He has 14 extra-base hits in 25 games since he was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on July 31, and 79 extra-base hits on the season, fourth-most in the American League.


Sep 30 2017 - Tyler Skaggs
  LHP Tyler Skaggs went 4 2/3 innings Friday against the Mariners, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out seven. The first two runs came in on back-to-back solo homers by DH Nelson Cruz and 3B Kyle Seager leading off the fourth inning. 2B Robinson Cano's RBI single in the fifth scored the third run and knocked Skaggs out of the game. It was a disappointing season for Skaggs, who missed 3 1/2 months with a strained oblique muscle and finished 2-7 with a 4.55 ERA.


Sep 30 2017 - Ricky Nolasco
  RHP Ricky Nolasco will start Saturday against the Mariners. While Nolasco leads the club in starts (32) and innings pitched (175 2/3), he also is among the American League leaders in categories he'd prefer to avoid. He is 6-15 with a 5.02 ERA, the 15 losses second most behind Boston's Rick Porcello (17). He's also fourth in home runs allowed (34), sixth in hits allowed (198) and sixth in earned runs allowed (98). Nolasco, though, will be facing a Mariners team that was his opponent in his best game of the season. He threw a three-hit shutout, with seven strikeouts and no walks, on July 1 in a 4-0 win. In all, he has faced the Mariners a total of five times this year, going 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA.


Sep 30 2017 - Martin Maldonado
  C Martin Maldonado was not in the starting lineup Friday against the Mariners, but his 137 games caught this season leads the majors. Maldonado also has the best fielding percentage among major league catchers at .998, and he has thrown out 39 percent of would-be base stealers, which ranks second in the American League. Offensively, he's hitting .223 with 14 homers and 38 RBIs, and he leads the team with eight sacrifices and 18 hit-by-pitches.


Sep 30 2017 - C.J. Cron
  1B C.J. Cron has had a strong second half after a disappointing first half. Before the All-Star break, Cron hit .213 with two homers, 14 RBIs and a .568 OPS. Since the break, he's hitting .268 (56 for 209) with 14 homers, 42 RBIs and an .850 OPS. His 16 home runs match his career high, a total reached in both 2015 and 2016.


Sep 29 2017 - Yunel Escobar
  3B Yunel Escobar was scheduled to play in an intrasquad game Thursday in Arizona and could see time this weekend with the Angels. Escobar has been out since Aug. 8 with an oblique strain.


Sep 29 2017 - Andrew Heaney
  LHP Andrew Heaney was a candidate to start Thursday against the White Sox, but was shut down after the Angels were eliminated from playoff contention. Manager Mike Scioscia said there is no concern about the health of Heaney's shoulder, which has been inflamed and has kept him sidelined for two weeks. "I think he's proved from where he was earlier (this season) after the elbow surgery that no doubt, the elbow is fine, it's healed," Scioscia said. "He's over the shoulder discomfort. There's no need for him to go out there and prove that he's (healthy)."


Sep 29 2017 - Bud Norris
  RHP Bud Norris allowed just two hits over three innings and walked two and struck out four to earn a no-decision Thursday night against the Chicago White Sox. Norris is 0-1 with a 1.08 ERA over three starts this season. He tied a season best with four strikeouts, which he also did April 30 against Texas. He did not allow a run in two outings this season against the White Sox in 4 1/3 innings.


Sep 29 2017 - Jesse Chavez
  RHP Jesse Chavez took his first loss since July 8 after allowing three runs in the eighth inning Thursday night against the White Sox. Chavez allowed three-plus innings for the fourth time in 17 relief appearances this season.


Sep 28 2017 - Mike Trout
  CF Mike Trout was 0-4 with a walk and four strikeouts in Wednesday night's loss to the Chicago White Sox. It marked just the fourth time in his career he has struck out four times in a game with the last coming in Aug. 2016. With the walk, Trout reached base in the 102nd game of the 111 he has played in this season.