Jan 18, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT
2013 record: 78-84, 3rd place in AL West
Manager: Mike Scioscia, 15th season
Estimated 2014 payroll: $147 million
Key additions: OF Raul Ibanez, 3B David Freese, SP Hector Santiago, SP Tyler Skaggs
Key losses: IF/OF Mark Trumbo, SP Jason Vargas, OF Peter Bourjos, SP Tommy Hanson
SS Erick Aybar
CF Mike Trout
1B Albert Pujols
LF Josh Hamilton
3B David Freese
DH Raul Ibanez
2B Howie Kendrick
RF Kole Calhoun
C Chris Iannetta
RHP Jered Weaver
LHP C.J. Wilson
RHP Garrett Richards
LHP Hector Santiago
LHP Tyler Skaggs
CL Ernesto Frieri
RHP Joe Smith
LHP Sean Burnett
Biggest questions entering 2014
1. Will they put it all together? On paper the Angels again look like one of the best teams in baseball. They have two former MVPs and a perennial MVP candidate in Mike Trout. The problem is putting it all together, something that has eluded them the last two seasons. This year they swapped out Mark Trumbo for David Freese and signed Raul Ibanez as a free agent. Both Freese and Ibanez have World Series rings and know how to win. Perhaps they can make a difference by adding some experienced depth to the Angels lineup.
2. Will Pujols and Hamilton be the All-Stars they once were? The Angels have shown a knack lately for signing free agent busts. First Pujols broke records with his deal two years ago and immediately saw his production drop off with the switch of a uniform. Then Hamilton signed and hit just .250 in his first year with the team. If the two former MVPs can return to greatness, the Angels should be in good shape. With the way they played last year, however, that looks like a big ‘if.’
3. Will they have enough pitching? The Angels have talent at the top of their rotation with Weaver and Wilson, and both had solid seasons in 2013 despite the team’s overall struggles. The rest of their staff, however, needed some work after placing 24th in the majors in team ERA last year. The Angels brought both Skaggs and Santiago in as part of the three-team trade that sent Trumbo to Arizona. Both are young pitchers with potential – Santiago in particular looks promising – but the Angels will need all the help they can get.
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