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AL West #4 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

LAangelsLogoThe Angels have had their wings cut by free agency. David Freese, Matt Joyce, David Murphy, Shane Victorino, Conor Gillaspie and David DeJesus have elected for free agency. During the offseason, the Angels traded Collin Cowgill to the Indians for cash and Erick Aybar, with Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis, to the Braves for SS Andrelton Simmons and C Jose Briceno.

So what does the team look like now?

Catcher: Carlos Perez: Last year was the debut of Perez, and he had some good numbers .250/.299/.346/ AVG/OBP/SLG. The Angels picked up Geovany Soto in the offseason, and a veteran presence will help the young catcher.Albert+Pujols+Los+Angeles+Angels+Anaheim

1st base: Albert Pujols, who is recovering from surgery on his right toe. Reports are skeptical that he will be back by opening day.

2nd base: Johnny Giavotella, who is fully recovered from an interesting condition called forth nerve palsy, where a nerve would cause his eye to not work properly and created double vision when he looked left or down. He is all better now, which is great for the Angels, as he is a great defender.

Short Stop: Newly acquired Andrelton Simmons brings in defense with a capital D, with an impressive .988 fielding percentage. Now for some batting stats: .265/.321/.338.

3rd base: David Freese elected for free agency, and the position is up for grabs.

Left Field: There are several options. Craig Gentry .120/.196/.200 has a fielding percentage of .949. Daniel Nava, who, like Gentry, signed a one-year deal with the Angels, comes with .194/.315/.245 and a career fielding percentage of .988 in LF.

MikeTrout2Center Field: Mike Trout *drops mic. I love numbers, and his are impressive, to say the least. Last year .299/.402/.590. His career fielding percentage is .995 at CF. Be sure to look at the highlights next season and expect a lot of awards, for no one is going to catch this Trout. Yes, I went there. It’s my hook.

Right Field: Kole Calhoun is almost right up there with Trout, .256/.308/.422. His fielding percentage is .985 in RF.

Pitchers

Starters: Garrett Richards, Hector Santiago, Andrew Heaney, CJ Wilson and Jered Weaver.

Relievers: Joe Smith, Fernando Salas, Huston Street, Mike Morin, Jose Alvarez, Cory Rasmus, Cam Bedrosian, Bobby LaFromboise, Deolis Guerra, Rob Rasmussen and A.J. Achter,

 

The Angels are known for their pitching, and they were ranked sixth in wins and ERA. The team has a combined FIP of 4.06.Huston Street, Stephen Vogt

Well, you have Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun in the outfield. The lethal arm of Garrett Richards, who is going to take on the horse role in the starting rotation. And that’s pretty much it. Pujols is a maybe at the beginning of the season and there’s no real third basemen, or left fielder. What about Simmons, you ask. He will be great on defense. But his bat has been declining, and with the switch from the National League to the American League, it will be a harsh first few months as he gets his bearing on his bat, if he ever does. The Angels don’t have the budget to go for any free agents. They don’t have a way to fix the holes in the lineup. If the A’s didn’t have a worse team, I would say the Angels would be dead last.

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