No. 1 problem area the LA Angels desperately need to fix after the MLB lockout: Their inability to spend
Arte Moreno is an interesting character. The LA Angels owner is worth $3.6 billion, he's an owner of a sports team in the LA market, he has the two best players in baseball in their primes, and he's in sunny LA/OC where free agents would love to live. He STILL, however, won't spend like all those things are true.
He's never spent higher than seventh in payroll these last three years, and this year he's at the eighth highest payroll. What's the hold up? Remember when the Angels were finally set to spend big on pitching this offseason?
Well, maybe those were false reports, as Moreno has spent just over $160 million in 2022 payroll, and watched prized free agent starting pitcher over prized free agent starting pitcher get taken off the board before the lockout.
I understand that Moreno is rich, and would like to keep his money. But this is when you HAVE to spend. Trout is going to be healthy next year.
We can't officially have the two best players in the world finally healthy and in their primes, and miss the postseason again because we have no pitching. It's time to be aggressive on the staff. It's been time.