Every offseason is filled with rumors about where players will sign or be traded, which ones from this past year do the Angels wish came true?
Hot Stove season is one of the most entertaining parts of the year for baseball fans. It’s a time when they can dream of All-Stars joining their favorite team’s lineup. It’s a time when the invention of Twitter and the method by which breaking news travels these days puts everything else on hold as fans constantly re-check their phones to see if a player has been traded or signed.
This past offseason for the Angels started with rumors about their manager position. Who would take the reins of a franchise who hasn’t sniffed the playoffs since 2014? We quickly found out it would be Joe Maddon. And then the real rumor season began.
How would the Angels improve a roster that only won 72 games in 2019? Stocked with the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, along with two-way star Shohei Ohtani, the Angels entered the offseason looking to build around two generational stars before it’s too late.
With Arte Moreno prepared to increase payroll, the Angels seemed poised to make a big splash, which they eventually did by signing Silver Slugger, Anthony Rendon, to a seven-year, $245 million contract.
Before signing Rendon, there were plenty of rumors to keep fans hopes in suspense. Let’s look at three reports that never materialized and see how we feel about them today.