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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2019, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Julio Teheran throws during a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia. The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a $9 million, one-year contract with the right-hander, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. Teheran spent the past seven seasons with Atlanta. The Braves declined his $12 million option. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Angels' GM Eppler: 'Teheran brings stability to rotation'

Dec. 21, 2019 8:14 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Billy Eppler has said throughout the offseason that the Los Angeles Angels' top priority was adding stability to the pitching staff. The general manager believes he's done that by bringing in Julio Teheran. The Angels announced Saturday they have signed the two-time All-Star to a $9...

Los Angeles Angels' Anthony Rendon looks over at his 17-month-old daughter, Emma during a news conference to welcome him to the baseball team in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Anthony Rendon eager to team up with Trout in Angels' lineup

Dec. 14, 2019 6:22 PM EST

Anthony Rendon and agent Scott Boras had just wrapped up the third baseman’s $245 million deal to join the Los Angeles Angels last Wednesday when Mike Trout began blowing up his phone. “Based on his exclamation points in his texts, he seemed really excited,” Rendon said with a grin. Two of...

FILE - In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Talks to add testing for opioids began following the death of Skaggs, who was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of a series against the Texas. Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline, as part of changes announced Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players' association.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

MLB, union agree to testing for opioids after Skaggs' death

Dec. 12, 2019 3:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline. Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 file photo, Washington Nationals' Anthony Rendon throws out Houston Astros' George Springer during the third inning of Game 6 of the baseball World Series in Houston. Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AP Source: Angels, Anthony Rendon reach $245M, 7-year deal

Dec. 12, 2019 3:38 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Third baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245 million, seven-year contract Wednesday, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced and was subject to...

Commissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the Major League Baseball winter meetings Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Rendon follows Strasburg, Cole to free agent riches

Dec. 12, 2019 12:11 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Anthony Rendon is joining the Los Angeles Angels, quickly following mega-deals for Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg in a trifecta of nine-figure contracts for agent Scott Boras at a wild winter meetings. With baseball still buzzing over Cole's $324 million, nine-year agreement with the...

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani, center, watches along with Flea, left, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Ohtani's interpreter Ippei Mizuhara during the second half of an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Washington Wizards, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 125-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Angels to formulate plan for Ohtani’s throwing program soon

Dec. 12, 2019 12:09 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Once Shohei Ohtani completes the final phase of his recovery from Tommy John surgery later this month, the Los Angeles Angels will confer with surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache and the team's medical staff to determine how to proceed with the Japanese two-way star's throwing program. Ohtani...

FILE - In this Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros Game 3 starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws on the field at Yankee Stadium in New York, after the team arrived to prepare for the American League Championship Series, against the New York Yankees. Cole and the New York Yankees have agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year deal, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press, late Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Yankees harpoon Cole, Cashman's `white whale,' on 3rd try

Dec. 11, 2019 11:25 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Meeting with Gerrit Cole and the pitcher's wife for the first time last week at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Brian Cashman tossed out a literary reference that prompted laughter. "You're my white whale," the New York Yankees general manager told him. "He was someone we...

FILE - In this Saturday, May 25, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angels third baseman Zack Cozart fields a ball hit by Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo, throwing him out at first, during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. The San Francisco Giants bolstered their infield Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, by acquiring Cozart and prospect Will Wilson from the Los Angeles Angels for a player to be named or cash. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Giants add infielder Cozart, prospect in trade with Angels

Dec. 10, 2019 10:13 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zack Cozart has had surgery on his left shoulder twice in two years. The San Francisco Giants will wait patiently for the 2017 All-Star to heal. They bolstered their infield Tuesday by acquiring Cozart and prized prospect in Will Wilson in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels for a player...

Ohtani's bullpen impresses new LA pitching coach Callaway

Dec. 9, 2019 9:24 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels has resumed throwing bullpen sessions, and new pitching coach Mickey Callaway is impressed. Ohtani got back on the mound last week and pitched a bullpen in front of Callaway in Anaheim on Monday, general manager Billy...

Angels get Dylan Bundy from O's for 4 pitchers

Dec. 4, 2019 8:35 PM EST

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired right-hander Dylan Bundy from the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday in a trade for four minor league pitchers. The 27-year-old Bundy has been a durable starter with a nasty slider for the past four seasons with the Orioles, who chose him with the fourth...