The LA Angels did not make any splash moves this offseason. They signed a handful of role players, which left a lot of fans hungry for more. In this article, we’ll dive into an instant analysis of the new Halos.
The LA Angels signed Cameron Maybin, Martin Maldonado, Danny Espinosa, and Ben Revere to fill in holes on their offense. They also have new additions on the mound. Jesse Chavez is their sole new starter, but their bullpen has a few new faces. Yusmeiro Petit, Bud Norris, and Blake Parker are all in their first month as Halos. The position players signed by Angels all fit the mold of the new game plan put in place by Billy Eppler and Mike Scioscia. The Angels need players who play great defense and put the ball in play. While now of them have outstanding averages, they all know how to make contact with the ball to advance base runners.
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The Angels also signed Luis Valbuena for some bench depth and spot starts. The former Houston Astros player has yet to play, as he is currently on the disabled list with a strained hamstring. His best season came last year, as he hit .260 with 13 long balls and 40 RBI’s. Valbuena did most of his work pre-All Star game, and finished the season on an awful slump. A career .232 hitter, Valbuena should not be a part of the everyday lineup. However, he should be back sometime in May, and should provide a spark off the bench for the Halos.
Ben Revere has also yet to make a significant impact. He played off the bench most games and has garnered a couple spot starts so far this season. The Angels are going to need solid contributions from their newcomers if they plan on contending this season, and there have been encouraging signs so far this season.