ANAHEIM -- Angels manager Mike Scioscia discussed the process of obtaining a player to be named later on Sunday, as the Angels still have until Oct. 15 to receive a player for Brian Fuentes, who was traded to the Twins on Friday.
"It's usually a player that's picked from a pool of players that's been agreed upon. So it's just the timing is why it's structured the way it is," Scioscia said. "You can evaluate the player or already have one picked so there's a lot of different reasons why."
Scioscia, though, wouldn't talk specifics about the prospect the Angels will acquire in their deal with the Twins, but did say his club has traded a lot of young pitching in acquiring players such as Scott Kazmir and Alberto Callaspo the past two seasons.
"I don't want to comment on anything that's not out there," Scioscia said. "But I will say that we have moved some pitching potential in our system the last couple years, but we also see a lot of kids who are young moving through our system that we're excited about. So there's always a premium to develop your own pitchers."
Red Sox claim Angels' Napoli off waivers
ANAHEIM -- Mike Napoli was not in the Angels' starting lineup in Sunday's 1-0 loss, and a Major League source confirmed the Red Sox made a waiver claim for the veteran catcher. The Angels have until Monday to work out a trade, or they can opt to keep Napoli.
Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Tony Reagins held a closed door meeting before Sunday's game, but Scioscia declined to talk specifics about the waiver claim.
"I'm not privy to the waiver wire, so it's a question for Tony, because it's confidential information anyways," Scioscia said. "I think Tony is very active in knowing the movement of players and what players are coveted. So I don't think there's a situation of a tough decision, you're just trying to move forward and get better."
Napoli, 28, is hitting .249 with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs in 112 games while starting 57 games at catcher and 49 games at first base. He's hit at least 20 home runs each of the past three season with 61 homers and 165 RBIs over that span.
He sounded surprised when he found out the news after the Angels' loss that he had been claimed by the Red Sox.
"I had not [heard]," Napoli said. "It's out of my control. I can't do nothing about it. I like playing here, and I'm going to try and help this team win. It's always nice to hear that other teams want you on their club, but I'm an Angel now"
There's a good chance Napoli could remain in Anaheim, as the Red Sox may have made the claim just to keep him from being claimed by the Rays, who lead the Red Sox by 5 1/2 games in the American League Wild Card race. And the Angels could get better value during the offseason if they want to trade Napoli, considering they could field offers from all interested teams instead of just the Red Sox.
Callaspo thriving since switch to Angels
ANAHEIM -- Second baseman Alberto Callaspo has certainly impressed since being traded from Kansas City on July 22, as he's hitting .339 since joining the Angels.
Callaspo, who had his season-high 13-game hit streak snapped in Sunday's 1-0 loss, was moved down in the Angels' lineup, however, with Bobby Abreu batting third and Callaspo sliding into the fifth spot in the order.
"He's hit there before, and he has a lot of versatility," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Callaspo. "He's done a great job hitting third, but he's also a guy, with runners in scoring position, who can put the ball in play so he can hit in an RBI spot."
Willits gets chance to lead off lineup
ANAHEIM -- Reggie Willits started in left field in Sunday's 1-0 loss. He batted leadoff for the first time this season with Bobby Abreu moving down to third in the lineup after starting the previous 20 games as the club's leadoff hitter.
Abreu fared well as the club's first hitter with a .263 average and a .356 on-base percentage atop the lineup, but was moved down to the third to increase his opportunity to drive in runs for an offense that's been struggling recently, with just one run scored over its previous two games.
"I think Bobby in the leadoff spot is capable of doing a great job but he's also a guy we need to set the table for," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're going to keep experimenting until we find continuity."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.