What The Angels Lost This Offseason
April 9, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia (14) speaks with general manager Jerry Dipoto before the Angels play against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
On Sunday we examined the positive side of the Angels offseason additions. Despite keeping their spending to a minimum the team was able to add some significant pieces who will have an impact on the club this year and for many to come. In order to get better for the future without spending they had to make some difficult moves which could lead to some lost production in key spots this season.
The team won 98 games last year but had a lot of luck on the way. The production from Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Collin Cowgill and others weren’t far beyond expectations. They had their fair share of bad luck too with the injuries to Tyler Skaggs, Richards, Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun, but they never lost a step while they were out. You can’t bank on that kind of resiliency two years in a row from a team with the depth issues the Angels had coming into this offseason. Jerry Dipoto was creative in finding ways to increase that one weakness the roster possessed.
The losses were steep and will be felt. How much is the question on everyones mind. Despite these difficult sacrifices for the teams depth and future the Angels had very little roster turnover from a season where they were the best regular season team in all of baseball. We rightly have high hopes for this season but shouldn’t forget the players we’ll be without. To find out who the team will be without and how they’ll be affected follow the slides.
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