What the Angels Gained this Offseason

By Mike Greyshock
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Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto speaks to the media during MLB media day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight year the Angels had little money to spend. However, this did not prevent them from making impactful moves that will benefit the club this year and in the future. The future is what most of the moves were about for Jerry Dipoto and company this winter.

Last year we waved goodbye to Mark Trumbo and said hello to Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago. That move was just the beginning of Dipoto’s plan to build young cost-controlled pitching depth that would allow the Angels future financial flexibility since pitching demands such a high premium on the open market. It’s also the commodity that all teams covet so future trades could be made when necessary. The plan was continued this offseason when the front office struck early in their quest for another young starter.

With the departure of Hank Conger the team had a need to build up their backup catching depth. Trades and minor league signings were status quo for Dipoto and company. Their biggest expenditure came by way of signing an amateur from Cuba who is likely not going to have much of an impact on the big league club this season. The following pages profile every addition the Angels made this offseason and what they’ll bring to the club this season and beyond.

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