The LA Angels haven't had the greatest start to their offseason, but it's far from over.
The hot stove is going to be buzzing once again when this MLB lockout ends, and the Angels have the chance to be players.
With the two best players in baseball, the team better be in win-now mode. In order to get there, three moves on the table need to be made in order to compete for a championship. They can be done, but make no mistake about it--they're bold moves.
No. 3 bold offseason move the LA Angels need to win the 2022 World Series: Sign Trevor Story
Trevor Story is the right shortstop for the LA Angels. Sure, I buy that Carlos Correa is one of the best defensive shortstops in baseball and that he has indeed had some big offensive moments in his career. That being said, is it worth paying a premium for when the Halos can get Story for cheaper and therefore have money left over to pursue pitching afterwards?
I don't think it is. I like Story because we'll still have money to pursue a major-name starting pitcher or drastically improve the bullpen if we save some money and go after him instead of paying a massive sum for Correa.
Besides, Story is good on defense too, has the same amount of All-Star selections as Correa (would have more if there was a 2020 All-Star Game), has an OPS that's 26 points higher (.863), and averages seven more runs (101) and five more home runs (34) per 162 games than Correa. We can blame Coors Field, but can't we also blame Correa's next-level illegal sign-stealing?
Let's save a little and sign Story. Maybe we'll then have the money to make these next two bold moves.