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LA Angels have some good pieces for 2020, but need to fill holes

By David Rice
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 19: Max Stassi #33 of the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 19: Max Stassi #33 of the Los Angeles Angels at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Catcher – The Angels have had a revolving door at catcher ever since they traded Martin Maldonado to Houston last August.  Jonathan Lucroy did a decent job this season, but struggled to throw runners out and to hit on a consistent basis.  Kevan Smith has been a decent hitter, but is terrible defensively. So the Angels went out and acquired Anthony Bemboom and Max Stassi in two separate deals.  Neither of them have provided an answer either.

The problem with all of these four players is that none of them are every day catchers anymore or ever.  Maybe if you were able to take the best qualities of each player and roll them into one body you might have a decent catcher to move forward.  Unfortunately it doesnt work that way. In the minors the Angels are devoid of a complete catcher they could groom to take over.

The best case scenario is to trade or sign a better catcher during the off-season.  There are plenty of options including Yasmani Grandal if he and the Brewers do not decide to exercise their mutual option.  Francisco Cervelli is also out there as is Martin Maldonado.  Other than Grandal and Maldonado the rest of the options are below average at best.  A trade could be worked out for someone, but it would cost the team prospects so they would need to look closely at someone who be worth trading for

Grade – D-

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