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The Angels entered the pandemic-shortened season in dire need of fortifying their clubhouse, with a number of different holes in the roster prior to opening day 2021.
As January comes to a close, pitchers and catchers are an estimated three weeks away from reporting, and a number of different top-tier free agents and trade targets have found their new homes throughout the league. Despite the recent heating up of hot stove action, the Angels have remained mostly conservative with their off season moves.
Key Offseason Gaps to Fill:
SP, RP, SS, C & Bench Depth
Perry Minasian enters his first year as the Angels general manager, replacing the consistently confusing Billy Eppler, who was rarely able to put together a winning club despite his high praises around the league and his accessibility to Angels’ owner Arte Moreno’s deep pockets.
The Angels have made some cost-effective moves so far this offseason, but whether it is enough to compete remains to be seen.
Minasian has made it clear that he thinks highly of the club’s current roster, stating that the “organization is on the cusp of doing some really, really great things” during his introductory press conference in late 2020.
Additionally, Minasian stated that “pitching is first and foremost” for the Angels in order to be competitive, but have his actions mirrored his words?
With Angels fans, and the entire MLB for that matter, desperately needing the best player in baseball to play meaningful October baseball, let’s take an unbiased, deep dive look at the Angels most pressing needs this off-season, how they’ve addressed them, and if the Angels have truly gotten any better.