Los Angeles headline writers are going to have to hold their clever fish-related one-liners for next year, because Mike Trout isn’t likely to make The Show until 2012. Here’s Bill Shaikin:
[Angels GM Tony] Reagins said Angels would start Mike Trout at double-A. In Anaheim by end of season? “I would say it’s unlikely”
Gotta remember that, despite being the top prospect in baseball, Trout is 19. And it’s not like there’s an obvious place for him in the Angels outfield. In light of that, I think it makes good baseball sense to keep Trout on the farm for the full year. Him being in Anaheim is simply not likely to make a major difference in the Halos’ ultimate fate in 2011.
Yahoo Japan reported on Sunday (Monday there) that the Brewers have made a formal contract offer to free agent pitcher Yu Darvish. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has confirmed Yahoo Japan’s report. The length of the offered contract and the value are not known at the moment.
Darvish recently said on his personal Twitter account that the Rangers, Yankees, Cubs, Astros, Twins, and “one more team” have been in the running for his services. The unnamed team was believed to be the Dodgers, but it may well be the Brewers.
The Brewers could certainly use Darvish’s arm. Chase Anderson and Zach Davies currently lead the starting rotation and the club added Jhoulys Chacin and Yovani Gallardo this offseason.
Darvish, 31, posted a 3.86 ERA with a 209/58 K/BB ratio in 186 2/3 innings between the Rangers and Dodgers in the regular season last year. He faltered in the playoffs, specifically in the World Series, where he gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings across two starts. Darvish was apparently tipping his pitches, however, which is a correctable issue.