Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

K-Rod Headed To DL?

Sounds like Francisco Rodriguez is headed to the DL for his sore ankles.  In most leagues I'm seeing people pounce on Scot Shields as his backup.  I suppose that makes sense; Shields has been second in line for years.  However, Shields also had a 7.36 ERA in the second half last year and began this year on the DL with forearm and shoulder issues.  Shields had been removed from the setup role in September of last year.  He's been worked very heavily in recent years. 

Enter Justin Speier.  As far as I can tell, he's a better pitcher than Shields.  Speier's main issue in '07 was a viral infection.  He's still available in most leagues, and is worth a speculative pickup (I'd cut David Riske for him).

Howie Kendrick Alert

I hadn't realized Adam Kennedy was in his contract year.  The Angels have a mixed record as far as pushing vets aside for quality youngsters.

The Halos cleared a spot for Jeff Mathis this year by letting Bengie Molina walk.  They did the same for Dallas McPherson the year before with Glaus.  On the other hand, Casey Kotchman and Juan Rivera have kind of been languishing.  And Orlando Cabrera got a four-year deal despite some talent in the pipeline.

Anywho, Howie Kendrick looks like a damn good bet for a .300 average with 15-20 HR pop and 15 steal potential too.  He's a hacker but he makes contact.  His bandwagon is picking up steam lately, so he's not sleeper material.  But he looks like a top fantasy 2B for years to come.  Whether Kennedy is dealt or just allowed to walk after the season, you have to be aware of Kendrick. 

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