It's always been pitching with them.
They screwed themselves further by signing Quintana in the offseason. Least it was only for one year.
Lol, they haven't had pitching long before your sample size of one year.
They have Marsh who is a plus defender. Adell I doubt will be a wash out. I believe their #2 prospect is a pitcher in AA. So they have something.The angels have consistently been a bad team in all phases for years. They might have the worst FO in baseball. The team is horribly assembled, but they keep grabbing super expensive FAs as if they are going to make them a contender while not filling glaring holes and having an awful minor league system
What has that to do with this year or going forward?
This year they have Q, Bundy, Cobb, Heaney.
all are dropping off.
So the time to reinvest is next year.
Last night they started Patrick Sandoval so they are looking into inhouse. Chris Rodriguez is their #4 rated prospect and is in the pen.
Their biggest problem is team D. Their biggest hole is SS. The OF they have Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell in AAA. Upton can be moved to DH or 1B in his final year. Pujos drops off next year.
The drop off their SS Jose Iglesias. Baez would be a strong signing . They have Rondon at 3B and Fletcher at 2B. Jerred Walsh is ok at 1B. He is more bat first.
So looking at the line up it can improve with Adell and Marsh pending. They have 2 young arms to go with a legit ace in Ohtani. I see it as smarter using Otani as a PH vs a stable DH. His focus should be pitching. The one weakness is SS and the market is ripe. Baez is most likely target #3. Some teams will aim lower as the market has 5 starting quality. Others will fight for Story. Baez I see as a solid investment for a team needing a +D SS. Not to mention Joe would push to get him.
After Baez they would need pitching. José Suarez would be a disappointment option as a 4th arm.
The market is ok. If I was them I would target Verlander and Scherzer. Let them take the pressure off of Ohtani's first year as a TOR.
As far as this year goes. Their D is a wreck and they need to improve that first. It makes the pitching worse than it is.
They are at 189M. Next year it drops to 119. With that 70M they can invest into Baez (22M) Verlander (15M) Scherzer (30M) Last 2 on 1 year deals. Baez on a term deal. It would be hiring 2 guns going for a ring.
They have wasted a decade of Trout's career. Dude is gonna be 30 years of age soon....
The best player in MLB finished 1st or 2nd in mvp voting for 7 seasons and only has one playoff appearance in <2014> to show for it <Epic Fail>.
Angels have only hit the 90 win mark just one time with Trout on the roster! Epic Fail x2!!!
2021: 8 HR, .333 BA, 18 RBI,Career: 310 HR, .305 BA, 816 RBI, CF, 3xMVP, 2012 AL RoY, 8xAllStar, Angels 2011-2021, b:R/t:R, 4x R Leader, born in NJ 1991www.baseball-reference.com