The Los Angeles Angels officially open up Spring Training camp in Tempe, Arizona on Thursday morning, with pitchers and catchers streaming in to start the 2014 baseball season. For a team like the Angels, that means a chance to start anew, and with renewed competition in the American League West, that means preparation for what will be a hard-fought season.
With that said, the Angels were relatively quiet in comparison to their counterparts in the division. While the likes of Seattle and Oakland were big movers and shakers this winter, and Texas went out and got the big bat it was looking for, the Angels stood pat with what they had in hand. Perhaps that was faith in the roster they had built over the last few seasons, or perhaps it was an indication that Arte Moreno wasn’t willing to continue to invest mega-dollars until he saw a payoff on the millions he’s already put out.
Regardless, the Angels will enter the 2014, not in a position as a favorite within the division, but as a possible sleeper. However, before they can be considered contenders, they will first have to hope that they can get some answers to some rather important questions facing the roster this spring.