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Way-Too-Early LA Angels Roster Prediction: Blockbuster Edition

By Vincent Page
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HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 20: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros slides around catcher Carlos Perez #58 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim loses control of the ball in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on June 20, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – JUNE 20: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros slides around catcher Carlos Perez #58 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim loses control of the ball in the first inning at Minute Maid Park on June 20, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

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While this is the offseason of dreams for LA Angels fans, Albert Pujols still cripples the projection of perfection. He’ll be attempting to be an everyday first baseman again, but will likely end up platooning for 2019.

His platoon partner could be former Houston Astros utility man Marwin Gonzalez. Gonzalez has played every position besides catcher and pitcher in his career, and could be a very desirable player this offseason. Outside of platooning with Pujols, the switch-hitter could be an everyday player, with his defensive spot decided upon matchups and a new analytically approach from Brad Ausmus.

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Zack Cozart and Andrelton Simmons will once again aim to control the left side of the infield. Cozart will be fully recovered from shoulder surgery, and will hope to jump back into his 2017 form for the Halos.

Simmons was once again a top-ten player in baseball last season, and is looking to add power this offseason to add to his already top-tier all-around game. If Simmons maintains average while knocking 20-25 balls out of the park next season, he will find himself right in the thick of MVP talks.

Fletcher was solid in 2018, but lacks the power you want from an everyday starter. However, with his speed and contact on offense and defensive versatility, Fletcher could be one of the best bench players in the entire MLB next year.

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