How bad was the Angels' offseason?

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Bill Baer of Baseball Daily Digest thinks it was pretty damn bad:

In essence, the Angels have swapped gimpy designated hitters,
downgraded from Lackey to Piniero, lost Figgins and gained Rodney.
Meanwhile, Roy Halladay went to Philadelphia, Cliff Lee went to
Seattle, and Aroldis Chapman went to Cincinnati. The Angels wanted an
ace pitcher and they ended up with Joel Piniero. It’s the kind of
dream/reality contrast one would expect to find with the New York Mets,
not the L.A. Angels.

I think going from Guerrero to Matsui at DH was an upgrade, and I’m not at all certain that going from Lackey to Piniero will be as much of a falloff as some think, but yeah, I suppose it’s been a rough winter for the Angels. Less so because of what they did themselves and more so because of what the Mariners did. 

This doesn’t make them the Mets. But in my mind it makes them more likely to be battling the Red Sox, Rays, and Rangers for the wild card than to be battling the Mariners for the division crown.

Jordan Hicks throws 105 MPH twice against Phillies

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One likely wouldn’t guess it based on his strikeout rate, but Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks is one of the hardest-throwing pitchers in the game. The right-hander hit 105 MPH on the radar gun twice during Sunday’s appearance against the Phillies, according to Statcast.

Hicks was asked if he could throw harder than 105 MPH. He said, “I surprised myself yesterday (when he reached (103.8 MPH), I surprised myself today. We’ll see.”

Hicks got the final four outs of Sunday’s 5-1 victory over the Phillies. He walked two and struck out one. He carries a 2.05 ERA but has only nine strikeouts and 16 walks in 22 innings this season.