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Halo Headlines: estimating a Trout contract extension, Pujols compares Jeter to Jesus

The February 14th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including estimating a Trout contract extension, Pujols compares Jeter to Jesus and much more…

The Story: Figuring out what a Mike Trout contract extension would look like, again.

The Monkey Says: I've written about this quite a bit and have to say this is pretty spot on. The big issue here is just how much Trout will get for his free agency years. Giving him $40 million just seems absurd seeing how teams are only just now starting to pay past $30 million. My gut feeling is there is just an element of sticker shock that will prevent the Angels from offering that much. I've got him pegged at eight years, $240 million.

The Story: Albert Pujols compares Derek Jeter to Jesus.

The Monkey Says: Comparisons to Jesus and yet ESPN's Karl Ravech seems to think that Jeter hasn't been praised enough in his career. So, yeah, that's a thing.

The Story: Mike Scioscia is committed to a lineup of Trout-Pujols-Hamilton batting 2-3-4, likely with Calhoun leading off.

The Monkey Says: First off, he hasn't committed to Calhoun, just hinted that he is the leading candidate. That would be a very wise choice. Second, stop trying to have Trout leadoff. He is perfect for the two-hole, so please stop arguing about this. You are wrong

The Story: Chris Iannetta is now wearing contact lenses and believes that will help his hitting and receiving.

The Monkey Says: It was pointed out that his hitting took off after he started wearing contacts, but that was also around the time he started facing left-handed pitching almost exclusively. I hope it helps, but I wouldn't expect any significant changes.

The Story: Albert Pujols once again reiterates that he is feeling fully healthy and fresh.

The Monkey Says: We are starting to reach the "methinks thou dost protest too much" stage of this particular storyline.

The Story: John McDonald lacks an out clause but hints he may retire if he doesn't make the Angels.

The Monkey Says: Romine is probably a better player at this point, but my guess is the Angels carry McDonald instead because they want to infuse as much leadership in the clubhouse as possible.

The Story: Mike Scioscia thinks Tyler Skaggs is ready, but was very clear that he will have to win a rotation spot.

The Monkey Says: All signs point to Skaggs being someone who could pitch solidly if he makes the Opening Day rotation, but the Halos continue to show caution with him despite a lack of alternatives.