Los Angeles Angels miss out on key offseason additions

By Tameem Seraj
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Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Jason Heyward

One of those shiny left field toys that Eppler was chasing was Jason Heyward of the St. Louis Cardinals. Heyward had a solid first year in St. Louis after spending his first five seasons with the Atlanta Braves.

Heyward batted a career-high .293 last season to go with 13 homers, 60 RBIs and a career-high 23 stolen bases. For his career, Heyward owns a .268 batting average, 97 home runs, 352 RBIs and 86 stolen bases.

Those numbers might not be Earth-shattering, but Heyward is a marquee name because he combines his left-handed bat with his dynamic defense. At just 26 years old, Heyward has already won three Gold Glove awards for his stout defense (career .988 fielding percentage).

The Angels were among the handful of teams linked with Heyward all week, but the lefty spurned the Big A for the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has now become a premier destination with the hiring of Joe Maddon as manager last season and the team qualifying for the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

Heyward signed a massive eight-year, $184 million deal with the Cubs on Friday. The Angels lost their chance at putting together one of the best defenses in the entire league.

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