Los Angeles Angels: Five things to watch for during Spring Training
The Los Angeles Angels are officially beginning Spring Training from Tempe Arizona. As the season approaches, there are some things to keep an eye on.
The Los Angeles Angels 2017 season is officially underway. Pitchers and catchers have arrived in Tempe and will start their first workout tomorrow. There is optimism within the Angels franchise. Angels general manager Billy Eppler has reconstructed this roster to be defensively sound. They also will add much-needed bats to help Mike Trout and Albert Pujols. The Angels roster, on paper, looks much improved.
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2017 brings a clean slate and Eppler’s second offseason where he can get his hands dirty. The Angels brought in some noteworthy free agents without breaking the bank. The biggest signing was Luis Valbuena, who signed a two-year $15 million deal. However, Valbuena’s spot on the Angels roster isn’t guaranteed. The Angels have several questions on their roster. As a result, there will be strong competition throughout spring training.
The Angels have several questions on their roster. As a result, there will be strong competition throughout spring training. Look for the closer role to be actively highlighted. Also noteworthy will be the fifth and final starting roster spot on the pitching staff.
The Angels will have depth this season. If the injury bug seeks the Angels roster again this season, Eppler will have options. Thus, the Angels can still make a violent push for the postseason. While the Angels may not be a favorite to win the AL West, they must be considered a dark horse in the division. Nevertheless, there are five things to keep an eye on during spring training.