We Should Be Fine, But If You Find A Better One Pick Up A: Catcher
An underrated weakness for the Angels in 2019 was their catching spot. The group as a whole was lackluster. Going into 2020, the duo of Max Stassi and Kevan Smith are the most notable names within the organization.
Those two give the Angels a nice platoon, as Stassi is arguably the best pitch framer in baseball as well as a great defensive catcher and Smith has always carried a big bat for whichever team he plays for.
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Much like the hosting site of a family’s Thankgiving dinner, a catcher is an extremely vital – yet not spoken about enough – factor. You always want the best house available for Thanksgiving dinner, and a baseball team always want the catcher who makes the players around him better.
And this offseason, that man is Yasmani Grandal.
Any team with hopes of signing an elite catcher will be pursuing Grandal, as the best catcher in baseball is ready to cash in after another great season. For the Angels, their perfect offseason would include signing Grandal. While starting pitching are more important, an upgrade at the catcher spot could prove extremely vital for the 2020 postseason hopes in Anaheim.
So while they may not need a slugger at catcher given their already dynamic lineup, it would be a phenomenal luxury for the Halos if they were able to acquire a Grandal-level catcher this offseason.