Tony Reagins resigns as Angels general manager

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If the Angels are indeed going to be “creative and aggressive” this offseason they’ll have to do so with a new general manager, as Tony Reagins announced his resignation.

Angels owner Arte Moreno issued a statement saying that “in moving forward, we felt a change was needed.”

Reagins has drawn tons of deserved criticism for acquiring Vernon Wells last offseason, as the deal looked like a mistake immediately due to the huge contract for a non-elite player (and the fact that he gave up Mike Napoli in the process) and now looks even worse after Wells had the worst season of his career.

Reagins has been the Angels’ GM since replacing Bill Stoneman in October of 2007 and was previously the team’s director of player development. He received a contract extension following the 2009 season. Based on his public comments all week, Reagins certainly didn’t seem like a man expecting to be leaving his job. He’ll reportedly stay with the organization as a special assistant for now.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.