The LA Angels have spent more money this offseason than they ever have in the Billy Eppler era. However, they still have plenty of money left to spend before they hit the luxury tax. They should pounce now, before the rest of the MLB does.
Having excess amounts of money and spending big in free agency is not something the LA Angels have done as of late. Since the regrets of Josh Hamilton, CJ Wilson, and Albert Pujols, they have been overly cautious in the free agent market.
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This offseason, everyone has taken that approach. No one has broken the bank yet, and with names like Yu Darvish, Eric Hosmer, and Jake Arrieta available, the signings will happen soon. And when the signings do start, they will be over just as quick like a domino track.
The Angels have the money to make one, maybe even two big signings before the season starts. They are still miles away from matching up with the Houston Astros in the AL West race, but the right signings could put them over the top.
The Angels have their starting rotation healthy going into 2018. With this, the starting rotation may not seem like it needs an addition. However, the team has seen in recent years that you can never have too much starting pitching. If the free agent market stays cold, signing a Darvish or Arrieta to a one or two-year deal could be enough for the Angels to make a serious run towards the World Series.
The Angels could also overpay for a reliever who has proven year in and year out that they can get the job done. While they return most of their bullpen from 2017, the Halos did lose Yusmiero Petit to Oakland. A Greg Holland or Addison Reed can be the type of player who can completely change the landscape of a bullpen, and make each role stronger.
The Angels have had the best offseason in the majors so far. However, being content with their signings and trades could end up being a big problem for them as they realize who they’re up against in the AL West.