There’s still a ways to go in the offseason before we determine how serious of a contender Moreno and Minasian view this current Angels team. There is a great foundation in place, but the team is one or two high-level players away from being a true threat in the league.
It’s not like there will be a bunch of scrubs on the field; it’s far from that. You have arguably two of baseball’s best players in Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, with some solid role players surrounding them.
If the Angels are serious about competing this season, there will be significant moves made in the next few weeks.
One of the biggest areas of improvement is needed in the starting rotation, which the Angels have kind of addressed. Quintana was a nice pickup, but his history proves he is far from an ace. Maybe a pitcher like Bundy can take the big leap forward, but the way I see it why should they hope for the best, when there are suitable options out there to add to what is currently in place?
Just look at the Padres and Yankees. Both teams have gone out and found ways to retool their rotations. I find it hard to believe the Angels could not have struck similar deals.
If there are no significant moves made between now and opening day, it’s safe to say Moreno and Minasian are hoping for the best with this group in 2021. I see this going one of two ways.
- Scenario (A): The current group of players keeps the Angels in contention long enough where the team can make an impact move at the trade deadline and for a World Series run.
- Scenario (B): The Angels fall out of contention, and the team begins trading all of their one-year rental players at the deadline.
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If Moreno believes the Angels are not good enough in 2021, he views each of those scenarios as a win-win for the future. If the team signs Bauer or makes a blockbuster trade at some point in the next few weeks, I’ll be proven otherwise.