Bad news for timeline of LA Angels' return is here

Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred before game one of the 2021 World
Oct 26, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; MLB commissioner Rob Manfred before game one of the 2021 World / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels are one of all 30 MLB teams who are caught up in the middle of this baseball lockout, and the plan was for the two sides to make some progress so we can have a normal spring training schedule.

It looks like, however, that we may be backed up for quite a while longer, according to a new report from national baseball insider Bob Nightengale:

This is not good news for baseball at all. The start of the new year was reported to be a time when the two sides would discuss all things, and work to get out of this rut. In reality, however, we may be looking at a very long offseason.

The LA Angels are going to likely have to wait a long time to finish the offseason.

The LA Angels haven't had the worst offseason, but they also haven't accomplished everything that they could have before the lockout happened.

While they did make some HUGE moves like signing Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Loup, they also have failed to sign any other big starting pitchers, even with Alex Cobb heading to San Francisco. They didn't re-sign Cobb, but at least they did re-sign Raisel Iglesias.

They added some middle infield depth in Tyler Wade and Andrew Velazquez, so it appears that they may not be interested in spending the big bucks on Trevor Story or Carlos Correa. They still, however, have the money to acquire another key starting pitcher, whether in free agency or through the trade market.

They've spent just over $161 million, and in a year like this, they need to finally hit $200 million. We've missed the playoffs for seven straight years now due to poor pitching, and need to go for it this offseason while we still have Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in their primes.

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Unfortunately, however, it appears that they will not have the chance to do it all that soon. This lockout continues to drag on, and has been a rather poor look for Arte Moreno and all of the owners in this league.