LA Angels: 5 Expectations for the Angels entering spring training

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The infield gets sorted out

While the Angels have strong defensive infield built up, there will be the question of how Maddon manages playing time between all these infielders, including David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella, and Luis Rengifo. It’s certainly a good situation to have, as Maddon will have many tools to use with these infielders that can play multiple positions even with Rengifo no longer being traded to the Dodgers.

Rengifo was clearly the odd man out once the trade was reported, but now the Angels could certainly still use him coming off the bench role seeing some time between second base and shortstop. David Fletcher could see time between multiple positions, including second base, shortstop, and even left field.

The Angels could use Tommy La Stella in a similar role as the other two mentioned, but only at first base, where the ever aging Albert Pujols may need a day off from the position. La Stella is also coming back fully healthy after an unfortunate injury. He was an All-Star before the injury, so it will be interesting to see if he can perform as well as he did before the injury.

Having this much infield depth is certainly a good problem to have, and we’ll have to see how Maddon works with the tools he’s been given during Spring Training.