The Angels and Pirates swap Ernesto Frieri and Jason Grilli.
The Angels drop Ibanez, whose first name is Raul, which sounds like the word rule. Also: Brad Mills lands in Oakland, and Yohan Pino makes the majors.
What has ailed the league’s best player this month? The problems start with his swing.
Eyes on Ben Lively, Ryan Wright, and Matt Anderson, along with the Cubs’ high-profile international signings from last summer.
The Marlins cut Carlos Marmol loose, while a slew of excellent players are hurt.
A division can’t be won or lost in the first week, but these teams did have relatively hefty playoff-odds swings already.
Jason Kipnis and Yunel Escobar sign extensions, while the rest of the league makes the traditional claims, DFAs, and contract purchases of the season’s first week.
A flurry of moves as teams pack their buses: Ortiz gets an extension, the Braves get a new sixth starter, the Tigers extend the Doug Fister trade tree, and more.
Ben and Sam preview the Angels’ season with Matt Welch, and Nick talks to Los Angeles Times Angels beat writer Mike DiGiovanna (at 30:05).
What the terms of Mike Trout’s rumored extension tell us about Mike Trout.
Ervin Santana might not be Toronto-bound, plus news about Raul Ibanez’ ongoing defensive adventures and Nick Franklin’s future home.
The Angels talk contract with Mike Trout, the Royals try to decide what to do with their bullpen, and Seattle reassesses its needs.
In a high-heat era, how do low-heat pitchers get the job done?
What did the 2005 Angels’ best-in-baseball farm system turn out to be worth?
Analysis of all of Wednesday’s trades and signings, including Joaquin Benoit, Raul Ibanez, Ryan Doumit, Danny Valencia, and many more players.