Assessing the Angels outfield situation with predictions (Part 1)
By Justin Gideon
The Angels have slowly addressed glaring needs this offseason, none of which has impacted the outfield. Which poses the questions: Will they improve the outfield situation? Should they?
New general manager Perry Minasian has focused on the rotation, bullpen, middle infield, and catcher this offseason. It appears the Angels outfield has fallen to the bottom of the priority list. Although it’s not a concern at the moment, it’s essential the situation must be addressed before the season starts.
Should the Angels bring in another outfielder or is the current situation enough?
Since Minasian took over, he’s made a barrage of moves to shore up the top of the priority list, trading for shortstop Jose Iglesias and closer Raisel Iglesias during his first few weeks on the job. This past week Minasian signed starting pitcher Jose Quintana and catcher Kurt Suzuki. Even with all these moves, there has been no indication that he looks to improve upon the outfield situation.
The current Halos outfield is complicated. On the one hand, the Angels have the world’s best player in center field. On the other hand, surrounding him is two question marks.
What the everyday outfield will look like in 2021 is up in the air, but it is not entirely lost. The Angels have options, and the only question right now is whether or not it is good enough to compete or if outside help is needed.
Let’s take a look at the current outfielders, not named Mike Trout.