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Because you have to be a maniac to be an Angels fan


With the Angels not adding any more payroll for the 2015 season at the deadline, I decided to take a look at how the team’s luxury tax payroll has shaped up for 2015. When it comes to the luxury tax, it uses the average annual value (AAV) for players who have signed free agent contracts or extensions. This stops teams from back-loading contracts in order to get under the contract for the upcoming season. As of now, the luxury tax threshold is $189M. The first time a team goes over this amount they are taxed 17.5% on the money above the threshold, and the rates increase for each consecutive year a team is above it. The rates are 30% for the second time, 40% the third, and 50% for each time after that. If a team gets below the luxury tax, their tax rate is resets back to 17.5% if they go above it again. I broke down the roster into three main sections (with some exceptions): post-arbitration (extensions and FA contracts), arbitration, and pre-arbitration.

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(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

After taking three of four against the Detroit Tigers and six of ten in the homestand, the Angels start off an eight-game road trip with a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles. First pitch tonight is at 4:05pm PST (same time throughout the series). Here’s what to keep an eye on during this series:

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With the recent trade for Huston Street, we lost four of our top prospects: Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon, R.J. Alvarez, and Elliot Morris. So here is our updated list, we’ve added four new prospects. This list will not contain any additional scouting reports, however in our next installment for the 2015 list, there will be scouting reports. Without further ado, here is our updated top 30!

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Photo by Nakai Green

Photo by Nakai Green

After avoiding a sweep yesterday against the Baltimore Orioles, the Angels wrap up their long homestand with a four-game series against the AL Central-leading Detroit Tigers. First pitch tonight is at 7:05pm PST (same time on Friday; 6:05pm on Saturday; 12:35pm on Sunday). Here’s what to keep an eye on during this series:

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The dust has finally settled since the Angels made their trade for closer Huston Street on Friday evening. So now is a good time to take a look at the current bullpen as we head into the second half of the season. You can take a look at the more long-term impacts of the trade here, but what I want to go over is how the relief corps are positioned right now as we head into the stretch run. The bullpen was one of the Angels’ biggest question marks heading into the season and has arguably been the biggest weakness through the first half. Upon closer examination, the bullpen has actually been trending upward, and the addition of Street has actually turned it into a great asset heading into the second half.

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