Watching Jeff DaVanon

Watching Jeff DaVanon

A weblog devoted to #55 of the Anaheim Angels, Jeff DaVanon. How is he doing? Is he getting his due respect yet? Let's watch and see...

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Make a little Byrdhouse in your soul...

I’m your only friend
I’m not your only friend
But I’m a little glowing friend
But really I’m not actually your friend
But I am
Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little Byrdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little Byrdhouse in your soul


Bill Stoneman apparently does not have this song on his iTunes playlist. The Rangers have made a two-year offer, a "mysterious" unnamed team has made a three-year offer, and now the Orioles have added this song to their playlist.

According to two industry sources, the Orioles have offered veteran Anaheim Angels right-hander Paul Byrd, who went 12-11 last season with a 3.74 ERA, a two-year deal with an option for a third season. The deal, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, is believed to be worth between $10 million and $13 million.

Despite the huge red-lit sign atop the right field scoreboard, the Los Angeles Times (read: Plaschke) has been so focused on the activity... er the inactivity of the Dodgers (Rob has more on this), I had to search through the Newswire section to find this nugget of Angels coverage listed under Miscellany.

The Angels' initial offer to Byrd, who went 12-11 with a 3.74 earned-run average in 31 starts in 2005, was for one year and a little more than $5 million, only a slight raise from Byrd's 2005 salary.

It is not known whether the Angels have increased their offer, but the fact that Byrd remains unsigned after expressing in October a desire to return to Anaheim is an indication he is not satisfied with the Angels' offer.

Paul Byrd has repeatedly stated he would like to return to Anaheim next year.
  • During the FSN Angels' pre-game show, Angels in the Infield, he said he would love to return.
  • In his MLB Baseball Perspectives columns during the playoffs, he said he wanted to return.
  • When we visited Tampa, he told me he would like to return. (Gotta love those small crowds at Tropicana Field.)

I really liked my year here. I would like to come back, but that is out of my control. I absolutely feel this team has the potential to go even further next year and it will be exciting to watch and see how they do.

The December meetings are right around the corner, and you never know what Bill Stoneman has up his sleeve. Hopefully he'll get a deal done with Paul Byrd before more teams enter the fray and lure him away. Besides knowing how to pitch, he's a very articulate intelligent individual - and I enjoyed our brief chat. I just hope that if I get another opportunity to speak with him, he'll be wearing an Angels' cap.


I have a secret to tell
From my electrical well
It’s a simple message and I’m leaving out the whistles and bells
So the room must listen to me
Filibuster vigilantly
My name is blue canary one note spelled l-i-t-e
My story’s infinite
Like the longines symphonette it doesn’t rest
Blue canary in the outlet by the light switch
Who watches over you
Make a little Byrdhouse in your soul
Not to put too fine a point on it
Say I’m the only bee in your bonnet
Make a little Byrdhouse in your soul


Saturday, November 19, 2005

Spring Training

The Spring Training schedule is up

now don't say I never gave you anything...


Tuesday, November 08, 2005

No Angel Fest in 2006

I'm told there will not be an Angel Fest next year due to the World Baseball Championship.

Look for it to return in 2007.

Considering that I was underwhelmed with the previous offerings, I don't know if this is good or bad news.