LA Angels: Billy Eppler and Joe Maddon need to be a dynamic duo
With the LA Angels recent hiring of Joe Maddon and the rest of the coaching staff complete, Billy Eppler and Joe Maddon need to be on the same page if everything is going to work.
The LA Angels also have the backing of Arte Moreno considering payroll should go up based on his thoughts about the 2019-2020 offseason. Eppler’s job is acquire talent and improve the team by any means necessary while Maddon must get ready for the 2020 season and help Eppler recruit free agents by going with him for interviews.
Maddon had helped the Cubs recruit Jon Lester during his free agency which no doubt helped them win the World Series back in 2016, and he needs to bring that same type of recruitment skill to Anaheim if the Angels want to land some key free agents. His reputation as a successful manager also increases the chances that a free agent would want to play for him and the rest of his coaching staff.
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In the mean time, Eppler needs to make sure the free agents don’t lose interest and needs to compete with any other organization that has their eyes on free agency, especially from the pitching side which includes Gerrit Cole and Steven Strasburg who should be on Eppler’s top list. According to an article by Jeff Fletcher, Eppler had commented on Maddon being involved in free agency stating “It seems like he’s pretty good in the room.
When you have somebody with that kind of resume, and players start to understand what it’s like to play for that guy”. Additionally, Maddon and Eppler need to be on the same page when it comes to having the right guys at the right time in the clubhouse as there can only be 25 guys on the roster.
These roster decisions will most likely happen more towards the end of Spring Training where they have a closer look at who’s ready for the big leagues and those who unfortunately will get cut. Of course the roster might be shaken up when Eppler can get someone by the likes of Cole or Strasburg making him think of certain strategies when the opportunity presents itself.
In the end, Billy Eppler and Joe Maddon need to be on the same page for this offseason and throughout any decision-making process same would go for the rest of the coaching staff and players if the Angels want to be successful in the future.