2. What grade would you give Billy Eppler this offseason?
Lea: A- I would argue that some moves were questionable. However, I see his plan to build speed and defense. The only real knock is not tweaking the pitching staff enough. I fear the pitching staff will not be enough to take the Angels over the top of the division. However, they will be better this season. I trust the process.
Rice: I would say Billy Eppler gets a solid B. There are still things that could be done. However, with the budget, he got the most out of it while improving the team.
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Page: I would give Eppler an A. He didn’t get tempted by old players seeking max deals. He played his cards right and found bargain players who will fill much-needed roles for the team. Extending Kole Calhoun is a great move as well.
Barney: This is kind of hard because of what Billy Eppler was given. However, I think he’s done an amazing job. He has been frugal and efficient. I’m leaning more towards a B, I’ll give him a B+ for how well he worked with the money given.
Nelson: If I were to give Billy Eppler a grade, it would be around the high B range. It’s a B for a few reasons. One, he has filled the vacancies in LF and at 2B with players who can actually contribute. Two, Eppler has improved the Angels farm system extremely well and the Angels no longer have the worst farm system in the league (according to sources) and that’s because of Eppler. Eppler doesn’t deserve an A because he hasn’t necessarily addressed the bullpen or starting rotation. This remains to be seen, however, maybe he has more confidence in Meyer and Chavez than I do.