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Halo Headlines: Blue Jays interested in Iannetta and Conger, Bogar leaves for job with Rangers

The October 22nd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Blue Jays interested in Iannetta and Conger, Bogar leaves for job with Rangers and much more…

The Story: The Toronto Blue Jays are interested in trading for either Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger.

The Monkey Says: Toronto is probably the one team where Iannetta or Conger would represent a massive upgrade defensively. This seems like a good match between these clubs as Toronto has a bevy of young arms in their system, so it wouldn't be a shock to see something happen. Some have even speculated that the deal could expand to include Howie Kendrick as the Jays supposedly had interest in him as well in July. What I find most interesting is the either/or aspect of the trade inquiry. Having them target either player suggests to me that the Halos are the ones actually shopping their catching tandem, so we may soon see their names pop up in other rumors.

The Story: Double-A manager Tim Bogar has left the organization to serve as the bench coach of the Texas Rangers.

The Monkey Says: Bogar was thought to be a candidate for the vacant third base coach job, but this is a much better gig, especially with Ron Washington heading into a season where his job security will be very much in question. It is a tough loss for the Angel organization, but seeing how they only had him for a year, it isn't like they wasted a lot of resources in cultivating Bogar.

The Story: Jon Heyman names as the Angels as a potential suitor for Robinson Cano.

The Monkey Says: And so it begins. I highly doubt that the Halos will pursue Cano, but until he signs elsewhere, we have to worry that Arte Moreno might lose his mind and throw $300 million at him.

The Story: Mike Trout already has the 8th highest WAR all-time for players born in New Jersey.

The Monkey Says: That is less a testament to Trout's greatness and more a statement on the dearth of MLB talent that New Jersey has produced.