Have LA Angels done enough this off-season to make playoffs?

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Josh Reddick /
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BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 09: Chris Sale
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Boston Red Sox 

Thus far the Boston Red Sox have not done much to improve upon their AL East winning team, but they are still rumored to be the front-runner for outfielder J.D. Martinez and if they land him the Red Sox are legitimate pennan contenders.

The Red Sox have a strong nucleus returning both pitching and on offense.  However, this team had a major flame out in the playoffs being eliminated in four games by the Astros.  However, there is still a lot of talent for another deep run in 2018.

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Pitching wise Chris Sale may arguably be the best pitcher in the AL.  After Sale, David Price is still a formidable force when healthy and Rick Porcello is a solid third starter.and Drew Pomeranz has ace potential after going 17-6.  In short the Red Sox pitching when healthy matches up with any team in baseball.  The bullpen after closer Craig Kimberly is a little shaky, but they still were one of the tops in the AL in ERA.

On the offensive side you have Xander Bogaerts one of the best shortstops in baseball and yearly MVP candidate Mookie Betts in center anchor a line-up that also has first baseman Mitch Moreland, second baseman Dustin Pedroia and up and coming young players such as Jackie Bradley Jr., Rafael Devers, and Christian Vazquez.  If you add J.D. Martinez to this mix look out AL.

With the Yankees and Red Sox in the same division you can almost be assured that one of the AL Wild-Card teams will be the loser of this potentially epic battle.  So again I say the Angels may have a tough time cracking the playoffs.