The Angels are in for an enormous offseason splash, according to a recent survey of MLB executives by ESPN.
You read that right folks. There are four executives around Major League Baseball who believe the Angels are on track to make the biggest moves of the winter. With Trevor Bauer, JT Realmuto, and Liam Hendriks still out there this winter amongst others, this should be music to every fans’ ears. The fact that there are people who are this plugged in to the rhythm of the league that believe in the Angels’ offseason plans is a huge deal.
In this survey, while 12 executives out of the 20 believed the New York Mets would make the biggest splash, the Halos still tallied the second highest amount of votes. While the Angels did not get a brand new billionaire owner like Steve Cohen, they did get a new-look front office to help them put the pieces together to get back to October. This is what an insider had to say specifically about the Halos:
"“The Angels know their mission. I think [new GM] Perry Minasian has heard all the talk of Mike Trout not making the playoffs. Let’s put it this way, we know they’re not going to stand still.”"
This is music to my ears. While fans have been trained to be disappointed by winters and trade deadlines, things very well could be different this time around. The Halos have no reason to stand still as the AL West crumbles around them. With Trevor Bauer out there, the Angels need to be first in line to acquire his services as long as the price is right. Even JT Realmuto could prove to be a formidable addition to the Angels’ superstar core. There are so many starting pitchers who are solid, yet can be had for cheap on the open market.
The time to stop ‘standing pat’ is now and the Angels need to realize that. It’s time for Perry Minasian to do what Billy Eppler could not and it’s time for Arte Moreno to shove all-in. Fans are done waiting around to watch their ball club hoist up a World Series trophy. Why can’t it be this season?