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LA Angels Opening Day Roster taking shape

By David Rice
TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 01: Matt Thaiss #85 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim waits for a throw from teammate Forrest Snow #70 as Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals gets back to first base during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - MARCH 01: Matt Thaiss #85 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim waits for a throw from teammate Forrest Snow #70 as Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals gets back to first base during a spring training game at Tempe Diablo Stadium on March 1, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – MAY 24: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a double in the second inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – MAY 24: Andrelton Simmons #2 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a double in the second inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on May 24, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Shortstop –

This has been a no-brainer for the Angels over the past three seasons since the Angels acquired shortstop Andrelton Simmons in a trade with the Atlanta Braves in the Winter of 2015.  Simmons has provided great stability at shortstop and has been possibly the best shortstop to ever don an Angel uniform defensively, but he has also provided a strong presence at the plate averaging 10 homers and 63 RBIs per season with a .285 batting average.

This was very unexpected for the four-time Gold Glove winner. Simmons has been deployed all over the Angels line-up especially in the last two seasons and he has produced. What’s even better is that he is only 29 years old and still has four or five good years left.  The Angels do have to re-sign him after the 2020 season which hopefully they can do, but he is a key piece to the Angels team in 2019.

Wilfredo Tovar, a non-roster invitee is worth mentioning. Tovar hit .326 with two homers and five RBIs this Spring and also played strong defense.  He could be someone you could see get called up if the Angels are able to keep them.

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