Assessing the Angels outfield situation with predictions (Part 2)

Joc Pederson (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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I  believe the Angels still view Jo Adell as their right fielder, so I don’t think they will bring in external help this offseason. The Halos will be eager to get their future star back at the big league level, so bringing in an extra body will cause serious logjam problems not long into the season.

The internal options the Angels have at the moment are capable. My prediction is that the Angels start the season with Upton in left, Mike Trout in center, Jared Walsh in right, and Taylor Ward as the fourth outfielder. When Adell is ready to return to the team, he will claim the right-field job and move Walsh to first base. Ward will likely steal starts away from Upton if he continues to struggle.

The current options in the Angels outfield will get their chance to become everyday starters in 2021.

One thing to keep in mind is that top prospect Brandon Marsh is also very close and may make a push to be called up this season, so it’s possible that he also factors into the left-field discussion.

The Angels currently have ample options for the outfield, so it wouldn’t make sense to bring in a player to solve the short-term problem. However, if Upton continues to regress, it may be in the Angels’ best interest to trade for a player like Dickerson or Calhoun during the season.

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The logjam creates more questions than answers, but I think there will be more clarity in due time. There is no need to worry about the outfield. Now go sign some pitching!