Angels Monthly Notebook; December gives you the daily items of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, in a small sample size to keep you updated with your favorite team. Here are notes for the month of December.

November Notes

December 13

  • Angels acquire Martin Maldonado and Drew Gagnon from Milwaukee Brewers, in exchange for Jett Bandy


December 10

  • Angels acquire Danny Espinosa from Washington Nationals in exchange for pitching prospects, Kyle McGowin and Austin Adams


December 8

  • Angels gain four and lose four prospects in Rule-5 Draft, trade draftee Justin Haley to Padres


December 5

  • Angels sign left-handed pitcher, Connor Bach, to minor-league deal

Bach, 24, was a former 21st-round pick of the Washington Nationals. In 52 minor league games, the tall hard-throwing southpaw has a 4.27 ERA. In a brief report, Bach is a hard-thrower with a decent slider, and his command is shown in his 6.8 walks-per-nine.

  • MLB Communications announces Andrelton Simmons will play for The Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic

  • Angels hire Andrew Ball as Director of Baseball Operations

December 2

  • Albert Pujols has surgery to release his right plantar fascia

Dr. Robert Anderson performed the surgery in North Carolina. The estimated return from this injury is typically four months, which would put Pujols ready for baseball activities during Spring Training and ready for Opening Day.

  • Angels sign left-handed starting pitcher, John Lamb

Once a former top prospect, Lamb, 26, has pitched in 24 Major League games, holding a 6.17 ERA and 1.604 WHIP. In his eight-year Minor League career, Lamb has a 3.74 ERA and 1.285 WHIP, while striking out 8.6 per nine.

  • Angels non-tender Gregorio Petit and Cody Ege

December 1

  • Angels acquire right-handed pitcher, Brooks Pounders, in exchange for minor-league pitcher, Jared Ruxer


  • Angels sign catcher, Tony Sanchez, to minor-league deal

As reported by Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the Angels added catching depth by signing Sanchez to a minor-league contract. Sanchez, 28, has played in 51 Major League games, with a .681 OPS. In 643 Minor League games, Sanchez has a .751 OPS with a 23% caught stealing. The former fourth overall pick in the 2009 draft was a top prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates' organization from 2009-2013 (via MLB Pipeline).

  • Angels hire David Newhan as Infield Coordinator and Jeremy Reed as Hitting Coordinator

Newhan, 43, was an eight-year veteran, playing in 413 games. In 2011, Newhan was hired as the hitting coach of the Lake Elsinore Storm, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the San Diego Padres. In 2014, Newhan was named manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters, Short-Season affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. Over the past two seasons, Newhan served as the Assistant Hitting Coach for the Detroit Tigers. Newhan is the son of Hall of Fame baseball writer, Ross Newhan.

Reed, 35, played 483 games as an outfielder over his eight-year Major League career. Reed has served as the Minor League Hitting Coordinator for the Milwaukee Brewers since 2014.

  • Cody Ege DFA'd

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