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Giants claim starting pitcher Luis Madero from Angels, DFA Jake Jewell

Giants claim starting pitcher Luis Madero from Angels, DFA Jake Jewell

For the second week in a row, the Giants claimed a right-hander from the Los Angeles Angels and made room on the roster by releasing another former Angel. 

This time, it was 22-year-old Luis Madero joining the organization on a waiver claim, with fellow right-hander Jake Jewell getting designated for assignment. Jewell had been claimed last Monday and the Giants cleared a spot that day by designating Zack Cozart. 

Madero, who made it to Double-A last season, seems to bring a bit more upside to an organization looking to hit on underrated prospects. He was ranked 11th in the Angels' system at the time of the waiver claim, according to MLB Pipeline. Madero had been DFA'd last week.

Madero was originally signed out of Venezuela by the Diamondbacks and has spent the last two seasons in A-ball and Double-A with the Angels. He made 24 appearances last season -- 22 of which were starts -- and posted a 5.03 ERA and 1.54 WHIP. 

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According to MLB Pipeline, Madero has a low 90s sinker and a good slider. That could be a solid combination out of the bullpen, although the Giants also are working to stockpile starting pitching depth. They figure to have a pretty good handle of what Madero is capable of, as new pitching coach Andrew Bailey came to the Giants after two years on staff with the Angels. 

Why A's must focus on beating Angels for shot at winning AL West title

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Why A's must focus on beating Angels for shot at winning AL West title

We know it doesn't take just one player to win a World Series. If that were the case, the Los Angeles Angels would win it every year with three-time MVP Mike Trout roaming the outfield.

This offseason, the Angels -- now being managed by Joe Maddon -- made a couple of additions that make things a little more difficult for the A's in 2020. 

In the middle of December, the Halos signed All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245 million contract. The free agent was well sought after during the offseason feeding frenzy.

Despite not needing much infield help with the production Tommy La Stella and David Fletcher provided in 2019, the Angels were willing to adjust to acquire him.

Rendon brings a power bat to a new league, coming off a hefty 2019 season where he was voted third in NL MVP voting. His .319/.412/.598 line with 34 home runs and a 1.010 OPS is pretty darn impressive.

The Angels also added pitcher Julio Teheran on a one-year, $9 million deal to add to a rotation that desperately needed it. The 28-year-old is reliable and has pitched in at least 30 games per season since 2013. He will be part of the Halos' rotation in 2020.

There is a possibility the team adds to that rotation -- more than likely in a trade.

Additionally, two-way star Shohei Ohtani is more of a secret (not much of a secret anymore) weapon than will be in that starting rotation, but it depends on how the Angels play.

Ohtani underwent knee surgery in September and Maddon did mention during the Winter Meetings he would be willing to have Ohtani hit on the days he pitches.

The scenario could change if the Angels are in playoff contention around the All-Star break, as they probably would want to save his arm for innings in the second half. 

This is all before the world gets to see top prospect Jo Adell do some damage and share the outfield with Trout. 

These offseason moves were made so the eight-time All-Star didn't have to watch the playoffs from his couch over and over again.

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The Houston Astros, of course, will be the A's biggest competition in the division. Losing Gerrit Cole to the Yankees took a slight strain off of the race, but they are a headache to pitch to up and down the lineup. 

Oakland's history shows the struggle of the one-and-done game is real. If the A's want to kick their wild-card woes to the curb this year, beating the revamped Angels will be crucial. 

Mark Canha's bat flip vs. Angels named best of 2019 by MLB Network

Mark Canha's bat flip vs. Angels named best of 2019 by MLB Network

There are two types of people in the world: Those who love bat flips in baseball, and those who are wrong to dislike them. This post is not for the latter.

A's outfielder Mark Canha received some very prestigious honors. He possessed the No. 1 bat flip of the 2019 season according to MLB Network.

During the bottom of the fourth on a 2-1 count against the Angels on March 30, Canha got ahold of a Felix Peña pitch and sent a ball over the fence at the Oakland Coliseum.

It was a beaut:

That's not the best part. It was what he mouthed following the homer that sealed the deal:

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It's bat flippin' season baby -- every season.

That was the best flip of the year which only means the next season brings more competition -- and if you're familiar with Canha's ways -- there will be more flips.

We look forward to that.

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