The Angels pulled off a decent offseason haul while being one of the more active teams in acquiring talent. They filled in all the holes previously had at the start of the off-season; however, they didn’t land any big-ticket pitchers available in the trade market.
As previously stated, this doesn’t mean the Angels didn’t try. Instead, it could mean other teams did not value the Halos farm system. This proves the Halos desperately need to get their development situation figured out. Nearly all of these moves are just filler roles because most of these additions are one-year rentals that won’t impact the club beyond 2021.
The Angels offseason additions will give them a chance to compete, but there is still room for more.
This means that the Angels would only have Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Justin Upton, and Shohei Ohtani on the books after the 2021 season. The money will no doubt be there as Angels owner, Arte Moreno, isn’t afraid to spend big. However, it will take some convincing to future free agents that Anaheim should be their next destination to win a World Series.
It doesn’t appear based on these moves Moreno or Minasian is serious about the 2021 season. The moves are good enough to keep the Angels competing and possibly put fans back in the stands, but they don’t make the Halos a legitimate contender.
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With a weak farm and a developmental system that needs to be figured out for the current minor league players they already have, the future for the Angels goes beyond 2021, and Perry Minasian is planning for it already.