Major League Off Season Report Card (Angels)

Moves so far

This was my reaction when I heard the Angels traded Mark Trumbo. (Photo Credit USA Today)

  • Acquired SP Hector Santiago from Chicago and SP Tyler Skaggs from Arizona, traded OF Mark Trumbo and SP A.J. Schugel to Arizona
  • Acquired 3B David Freese and RP Fernando Salas from St. Louis for OF Peter Bourjos and OF Randal Grichuk
  • Signed RP Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million deal
  • Signed SP Wade LeBlanc to a minor-league deal
  • Signed SP Chris Volstad to a minor-league deal

Rumor Mill

  • It seems SP Masahiro Tanaka is out of the Angels price range
  • Have had discussions with SP Matt Garza, SP Ubaldo Jimenez, and SP Ervin Santana

The Angels have spent most of this off season working on their subpar pitching staff. Their pitching staff was among the worse in the league last year, giving up over 4.4 runs a game, good for 24th in the league. They were also 26th in batting average allowed, and 27th in WHIP. Pitching was a clear need coming into the year.

They brought in both Hector Santiago, and Tyler Skaggs, by trading their young power hitter Mark Trumbo. Trumbo was a big loss, he is one of the best young power hitters in the league. Taking Skaggs back in return is a huge risk as he has struggled in his short career thus far. Santiago is a decent pitcher, but isn’t ace material. It remains to be seen if this deal will pay off for the Angels, but right now, it seems they may have gotten the short end of the stick.

They didn’t make out much better in their other deal. They moved OF Peter Bourjos, one of the best defensive outfielders, for two struggling players. Had they made this move without trading Trumbo, it would be an okay move. David Freese has potential, and while Fernando Salas is inconsistent, he has the potential to be a decent enough middle relief pitcher to make the deal worth it. Trading Trumbo and Bourjos makes no sense though. They had a surplus of outfielders and could afford to lose one. Clearly, Mike Trout wasn’t going to be traded, and right now people wouldn’t want to trade for Josh Hamilton, so Trumbo and Bourjos were the only options. They could afford to lose one, but by trading both they now have a hole in the OF. Raul Ibanez will probably get a decent amount of playing time, but he cant be an everyday player.

Angels were desperate for pitching this off season, and may have weakened their team in an attempt to remedy that issue. They get a C-, their moves may work out in the end, but for now they seem to have drawn the short straw.

If Angels make any moves, an update will be posted.

Next team is the Mariners.

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