No. 1 incredibly high-profile free agent that the LA Angels just don’t need: Freddie Freeman
Freddie Freeman is of course a better ballplayer than Walsh, but the LA Angels need to focus their money at positions where they have more of a need.
Freeman is great in the field and as good as it gets offensively, but signing him would leave us with no room to really go out and bolster the rotation and bullpen. Also, it would force us to move Walsh to the outfield.
Walsh is very good in the outfield, but we want to use our opportunity here to play and develop Marsh and Adell. We’re also already paying Upton a lot of money, and we don’t need anybody else in the outfield.
We have a good thing going with Walsh, and we don’t need to spend money at first when we now have the opportunity to employ an All-Star there for cheap.
The Angels do have the money to go out and splurge, but smart franchises are selective over where they elect to spend their money.