MLB super agent Scott Boras opined some interesting words about the Angels franchise.
Scott Boras is a very colorful human being and is amongst the most controversial figures in sports. Despite all of the theatrics, it cannot be argued that he is the best agent in all of professional sports. The Angels enter into free agency in a very interesting spot. They can shove all-in if they choose, but they can also stand pat and likely remain a .500 ball club that barely misses the playoffs.
There aren’t many people around the game of baseball that are more intelligent than Scott Boras, so when he speaks on your team, you listen. Boras had this to say regarding new GM Perry Minasian:
"They have to solve the case of the Lost Playoffs. And they’ve gone out and gotten their Perry Mason, so maybe that’ll work well for them."
All indications so far point to Minasian being a solid general manager and if Boras is giving his vote of confidence, that speaks volumes. Boras also discussed the offensive firepower the Angels have present on the roster, while implying that the Angels need pitching to make it matter.
"They have some elite players in the middle of their lineup. And I really think that that focus is something that would really change the direction of the #Angels."
The Angels will enter the season with the elite bats of Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon in tow which obviously helps, but the Angels could have that all be moot with poor pitching performances. Boras also noted that the Angels, being a large market franchise, could turn the tide rather swiftly with correct moves.
"They have the ability to create runs. And if they can do a lot to diminish the runs scored against them, I think they can move up rather quickly. Remember this is a major-market franchise, so it can change quickly."
As I mentioned, any time Scott Boras says something about your time, it is best you pay attention. Boras has a close relationship with the Angels and owner Arte Moreno after inking multiple top-flight clients in Anaheim long-term. That positive working relationship will likely continue into the future as the Angels free up money they currently have spent on Albert Pujols and Justin Upton.