With free agency drawing nearer and nearer for the LA Angels, what are their best ways of attracting free agents?
Obviously every team has parts of their organization that make some free agents lean towards them more than other, and the LA Angels are no different. These following five factors are likely the Angels’ biggest draws for free agents, and could be key in their chase for starting pitching this offseason.
As always, money comes first. For every free agent, what it boils down to most is how much they’ll be getting paid, and for how long.
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Luckily for us fans, Arte Moreno has consistently had one of the league’s highest payrolls. While it hasn’t always been on the best players, he’s shown a willingness to spend and spend big, which matters more than anything.
2.) Organizational Talent
Wait..what? The same team that just went 72-90 has enough “organizational talent” for it to be considered a factor that would attract free agent instead of deter them?
To put it simply, yes.
Let’s not forget that less than a year ago, Mike Trout signed a contract to be a Halo for life. One of the biggest factors he talked about was how much he believes in the Angels’ farm system and what Billy Eppler is building in Anaheim. And hey, if it’s good enough for Trout, shouldn’t it be good enough for everybody?
3.) Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Albert Pujols
Speaking of Mike Trout, do you think free agents like the idea of playing with the game’s best player? What about the most transcendent talent in baseball in Shohei Ohtani? Or could I instead interest you in the best right-handed hitter of all-time in Albert Pujols?
While Ohtani hasn’t scratched the surface of how great he can be and Pujols is aging, underproducing, and overpaid they’re both still draws for the Angels. What free agent wouldn’t want to pick Pujols brain about hitting or watch Ohtani make history nearly every time he steps on the field?
4.) West Coast Best Coast
I mean, this one is simple. Would you rather live in sunny California or groggy New York?
5.) Joe Maddon
While Joe Maddon may not be the manager he once was and has made some controversial comments in the past, at the end of the day he’s a player’s manager. His relaxed style and ability to get the best out of players is something that free agents will take into consideration when they’re talking to their agent about potential landing spots.