Troy Percival – CP (2002)
So we have addressed the starting rotation with a great righty-lefty punch to lead the team. While adding two horses to the rotation would drastically improve the team and ease the workload on a bullpen that has been fairly overworked in recent years. So far, GM Perry Minasian has improved the pen this offseason by bringing in former Reds closer Raisial Iglesias and lefty Alex Claudio. Whether or not the Halos will add to their bullpen remains to be seen, but you can never have too many relievers, especially guys who battle Troy Percival.
One of baseball’s greatest closers, Troy Percival would solidify the current Angels bullpen.
I thought it would be fitting to have a campaign from the championship season make an appearance on this team, and out of Percival’s career, it stood out. Playing ten seasons with the Angels and being the primary closer for 9 of them, Percival had many great seasons with the team, such as 1995, 1996, and 2001. But 2002 was the year that he put it all together statistically while receiving MVP votes along the way.
The biggest compliment that you can give Percival was when he threw the last pitch of the MLB season. Most Angels fans have seen the clip where he gets the Giants Kenny Lofton to fly out to centerfield and the celebration that followed it. The staredown, the leg kick, and the power out of the pen would help this Angels team strengthen their bullpen, improving from a team that last year blew the most save opportunities in all of baseball.