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ANGELS MIKE TROUT WINS AMERICAN LEAGUE
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER AWARD

ANAHEIM, CA – Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout today was named recipient of the 2014 American League Most Valuable Player Award by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The prize is given to the best overall player in the American League. This comes on Trout’s third consecutive MVP nomination and is his first win.

The vote was unanimous. Victor Martinez of the Tigers came in second and Michael Brantley of the Indians came in third.

At 23 years and 52 days old at the end of the season, Trout is the third youngest A.L. player ever to win the award behind only Oakland’s Vida Blue (22 years, 64 days) and Baltimore’s Cal Ripken Jr. (23 years, 39 days) – ELIAS.

Trout finished as the unanimous winner, garnering 420 points in the balloting process (30 1st place votes). He finished 191 points ahead of second place finisher Victor Martinez of the Detroit Tigers (229 points). Trout becomes just the 18th unanimous winner in the MVP voting process (10th in A.L. history) and the youngest ever to accomplish the feat.  After finishing second in the MVP voting in both 2012 and 2013, Trout becomes just the fourth A.L. player to finish in the Top 2 of the MVP ballots in three or more consecutive seasons, joining Mickey Mantle (1960-62), Yogi Berra (1953-56) and Hal Newhouser (1944-46)  – STATS.

The 23-year-old is the third player in Angels’ history to earn the award, joining Vladimir Guerrero in 2004 and Don Baylor in 1979. The Angels are now one of three American League franchises since 2004 to have two different players win MVP honors, joining the Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander in 2011 and Miguel Cabrera in 2012 & 2013) and Minnesota Twins (Justin Morneau in 2006 and Joe Mauer in 2009).

Trout completed the 2014 campaign batting .287 (173/602) with 115 runs scored, 39 doubles, nine triples, 36 home runs and 111 RBI. The Halo center fielder set career highs in home runs (T4th in A.L.), RBI (1st in A.L.) and extra base hits (84, 1st in A.L.) and matched his career bests in doubles (6th in A.L.) and triples (3rd in A.L.). He became the fourth player since 1901 with 115 runs scored, 35 doubles, five triples and 35 home runs in their age-22-year-old season or younger, joining Alex Rodriguez (1998), Joe DiMaggio (1937) and Hal Trosky (1934).

Trout was named to his third consecutive All-Star Game in 2014 and received the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award after going 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two RBI and a run scored. With his 2014 A.L. MVP honors, Trout becomes just the sixth player to ever win All-Star and League MVPs in the same season, joining Cal Ripken Jr. in 1991, Rogers Clemens in 1986, Steve Garvey in 1974, Willie McCovey in 1969 and Maury Wills in 1962.

A native of Millville, N.J., Trout is just the third major leaguer born in the Garden State to be named MVP, joining Brooklyn’s Don Newcombe (1949) and St. Louis’ Joe Medwick (1932).

At 23-years old, Trout’s resume now includes an A.L. MVP Award (2014), an A.L. Rookie of the Year Award (2012), three All-Star Game nominations (2012-14), an All-Star Game MVP (2014), three Silver Slugger Awards (2012-14) and an A.L. Hank Aaron Award (2014).

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Angels Acquire OF Daniel Robertson from Texas

Today the Angels have acquired outfielder Daniel Robertson from the Texas Rangers for a player to be named later (PTBNL) or cash. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Halos have designated OF Alfredo Marte for assignment.

Today’s transactions were announced by Club General Manager Jerry Dipoto. Robertson, 29, made his Major League debut in 2014 with the Rangers batting .271 (48/177) with 23 runs scored, nine doubles, one triple and 21 RBI in 70 games (41 starts).

He committed just two errors in 400.2 defensive innings during the 2014 campaign, primarily as an outfielder. Robertson was acquired by the Rangers from San Diego on April 23, 2014 in exchange for cash considerations. The native of Fontana, CA attended South Hills High School, Concordia University and Oregon State University. He was originally drafted by the Padres in the 33rd round of the 2008 amateur draft.

MIKE TROUT WINS 2014 SILVER SLUGGER AWARD

First American League player to win Silver Slugger Award in each of first three full seasons

ANAHEIM, CA – Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout today was named a recipient of the 2014 Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Award which is given to the best offensive players at each position in both the American and National Leagues. The award is Trout’s third consecutive honor and the 19th overall for the Angels.

Trout joins Mike Piazza as the only players in Major League history to win the award (presented annually since 1980) in each of their first three full big league seasons. He becomes the second Angels player to win the award at least three times, joining Vladimir Guerrero (4; 2004-07). Additionally, he is the youngest player in big league history to win the award three times and the fourth player in A.L. history to earn a Silver Slugger in three straight years while also stealing at least 15 bases each season, joining Julio Franco, Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez (STATS LLC).

The New Jersey native set career highs in 2014 with 36 home runs (T4th in A.L.) and 111 RBI (1st in A.L.) and matched his career bests with 39 doubles (6th in A.L.) and nine triples (3rd in A.L.). He became the fourth player since 1901 with 115 runs scored, 35 doubles, five triples and 35 home runs in their age-22-year-old season or younger, joining Rodriguez (1998), Joe DiMaggio (1937) and Hal Trosky (1934).

Trout was named to his third consecutive All-Star Game in 2014 and became the fourth A.L. outfielder with three All-Star selections before turning 23, joining Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline and Griffey Jr. Trout became the fourth Angels player to win the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award at the Midsummer Classic after going 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two RBI and a run scored.

The Silver Slugger Award winners were determined by a vote of Major League Baseball coaches and managers who named the players they felt were the best offensive producers at each position in both the American and National Leagues in 2014. Selections were based on a combination of offensive statistics, including batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, as well as the coaches’ and managers’ general impressions of a player’s overall offensive value. Managers and coaches were not allowed to vote for players on their own teams.

 


Angels deal Conger; acquire Ramos from Rays
Catcher Perez, right-hander Tropeano acquired from Astros

The offseason is five business days old, and Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto may have already filled his two greatest needs -- a cost-controlled starting pitcher and a veteran lefty reliever. It happened with two trades, finalized about two hours within one another on Wednesday afternoon. Backup catcher Hank Conger, a beloved local product, was sent to the Astros for young starter Nick Tropeano and Minor League catcher Carlos Perez.

Pitching prospect Mark Sappington, a power right-hander who thrived after moving to the bullpen midsummer, was then sent to the Rays in exchange for 30-year-old southpaw Cesar Ramos. The money basically evens out, with Conger and Ramos each slated to make a little more than $1 million in arbitration, and the Angels have more Major League-ready pitching.

"It really builds a lot of depth and quality on our Major League team in addition to building depth outside of our Major League team," Dipoto said on a conference call.

"A really positive day for us." Tropeano, a 24-year-old right-hander, will compete for a rotation spot in Spring Training while providing some insurance in case Garrett Richards doesn't recover from knee surgery in time for Opening Day.

More importantly, he's another cost-controlled arm for a system that's slim on starting-pitching talent and no longer has the payroll flexibility to acquire a big-name, free-agent starter. Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker, Hector Santiago and Richards are slated for the 2015 rotation, with the promising Tyler Skaggs recovering from Tommy John surgery and several others -- Wade LeBlanc, Drew Rucinski, Jose Alvarez and potentially Cory Rasmus -- ready to contribute in the Majors.

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