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80-82, 2nd in AL West

Tristan H. Cockcroft ESPN Senior Writer 

How the Angels structure their lineup will have a bearing on both Ian Kinsler's and Kole Calhoun's fantasy value in 2018. The one who leads off -- I'm guessing Kinsler -- will reap the greater reward in terms of maximized PAs and run-scored potential. With the trade I'd move Kinsler up a spot ahead of Starlin Castro to 18th among second basemen, since he's the one now on the clearly stronger offense.

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9hBuster Olney

Sources: MLB seeks info on Ohtani injury leak

Major League Baseball plans to look into the source of information about Shohei Ohtani's elbow injury and determine whether the story came from a team official, sources told ESPN.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler was already having a strong winter with Justin Upton's contract extension and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition. Now he's filled a major hole by acquiring second baseman Ian Kinsler from Detroit for two fringe prospects. Kinsler, 35, is still a very good defender and a threat to steal 15-20 bases. He also plays the game with a competitive edge that should make him a nice fit in a relatively serene Angels' clubhouse. The Angels are reportedly working on a trade to acquire a third baseman — possibly San Diego's Chase Headley — so Eppler might not be done yet.

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Most 5-WAR seasons since 2013 (Position Players): Mike Trout 5, Ian Kinsler 4, Josh Donaldson 4, Adrián Beltré 4.

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Ian Kinsler's 37 Defensive Runs Saved are the most among 2B over the last 3 seasons. No one else had more than 17.

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The Angels have reportedly agreed to a deal for 2B Ian Kinsler. Angels 2B ranked in the bottom 3 in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage last season. The 4 who played the position most often combined for -0.9 WAR. Kinsler had an off year last season, hitting .236 with a .725 OPS, 50 points below what each of those numbers were from 2014 to 2016.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels GM Billy Eppler is still looking for a second baseman to round out his batting order, and there's a growing sense that Detroit's Ian Kinsler is at the top of his list. The two teams continue to talk, but no deal was imminent as of Wednesday afternoon. The Mets, Giants and Brewers also have checked in on Kinsler, who is signed for an affordable $10 million in 2018. The Angels are among the teams on Kinsler's no trade list, but he would most likely waive it and go to Anaheim for a contract extension.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Angels manager Mike Scioscia pronounced himself optimistic about Shohei Ohtani's health after a Yahoo Sports report revealed that the team's new addition has a first-degree sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. "The understanding we have is that it's something that's behind him," Scioscia said. "There's no concern. There are no restrictions. He'll be full go in spring training." Scioscia reiterated that the Angels are thinking about using Ohtani as part of a six-man rotation in 2018.


BBTN: Ohtani Concerns Already? Orioles Ready To Move Machado?

Before a chat with Yankees GM Brian Cashman (24:16), Buster Olney talks to Keith Law about Shohei Ohtani's UCL issues, the possibility of a Manny Machado trade and more (3:02). Plus, "Inside Heat" on the Mets from Steve Gelbs (29:13) and Rays from Marc Topkin (37:21).

Buster: Angels perfectly happy with Ohtani (0:44)
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Angels GM confirms Ohtani had PRP injection

Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani had a platelet-rich plasma injection in his pitching elbow in October, but general manager Billy Eppler said the team is pleased with Ohtani's physical condition.

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2dDan Szymborski

Teams that need to go for it in 2018

The Cardinals, Red Sox and Giants are among the clubs that need to be all-in next season. What big moves can win-now teams make to paint themselves into the playoff picture?


BBTN: Winter Meetings Underway, Stanton, Ohtani

Buster Olney talks to Jerry Crasnick about the massive Ohtani and Stanton deals, what else we can expect from the winter meetings and more (8:19). Plus, Clark Spencer on the Marlins' side of the Stanton deal (27:40), Alex Speier on how the Red Sox may respond (37:59) and Rob Biertempfel on the possibility of the Pirates beginning a massive rebuild (44:54).

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Scioscia: Angels to use Ohtani as DH, pitcher

Manager Mike Scioscia says the Angels will use newly signed Japanese star Shohei Ohtani as their designated hitter on many days when he isn't serving as a starting pitcher.

Ohtani's presence remarkable (1:11)

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yadier Molina hosted a celebrity softball game and HR Derby to bring joy to his island of Puerto Rico, devastated by Hurricane Maria. Yadi had the opportunity to share the experience with his two older brothers, Bengie and José Molina.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Los hermanos Molina se juntaron en su isla de Puerto Rico para traerle alegría al pueblo después del catastrófico Huracán María. Yadier Molina es el anfitrión de un "Home Run Derby" y un juego de softball de celebridades, donde compartió junto a sus hermanos Bengie y José.

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PTI reacts to L.A. Angels signing Ohtani

Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser react to the Los Angeles Angels signing Shohei Ohtani, recap the TNF action, and weigh in on the Houston Rockets' eight-game winning streak.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average4.2012th
Quality Starts61Tied-27th
Batting Average.24328th
On Base Percentage.31523rd
Slugging Percentage.39727th