No. 1 LA Angels nightmare scenario after MLB lockout ends: Arte Moreno goes cheap again
Arte Moreno has unfortunately not spent as much money as he possibly could have in the past for the LA Angels. He's worth $3.6 billion, and we're in the second-biggest market in the country, but over the past five years the Angels' average ranking for the highest payrolls in the league has been 9.4.
We're currently eighth in the Majors for 2022, and have spent just over $161 million on 2022. Moreno has the chance to get up to $200 million very easily this year, but hasn't always spent as much as he could in the past.
If Moreno chooses to go cheap again this offseason, we won't have the chance to grab a massive free agent starting pitcher. We won't be able to take on contracts of big starting pitchers we want to trade for. We won't have the chance to make upgrades in the bullpen, or at shortstop.
Moreno better not be done. He has shown that he was willing to spend on Syndergaard, and give Raisel Iglesias a good payday.
We need more of that if we want to have a successful offseason. If one or more of these nightmare scenarios happens, however, we may not be able to recover during the season.