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Building the dream LA Angels Opening Day starting lineup after MLB lockout

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Sep 26, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) is a perfect free agent target for the LA Angels.
Sep 26, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) is a perfect free agent target for the LA Angels. / Michael Ciaglo-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 26, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) will hopefully be picked up by the LA Angels. / Michael Ciaglo-USA TODAY Sports

Dream LA Angels Opening Day starting lineup after MLB lockout

The middle of a dream LA Angels lineup would look like this:

Batting cleanup for the LA Angels: Jared Walsh, 1B

Jared Walsh bats cleanup for a dream LA Angels lineup. Slugging over .500 last season, Walsh certainly provides enough power to hit fourth for this squad. And coming off of an All-Star season last year, Walsh will only get better.

Batting fifth for the LA Angels: Trevor Story, SS

The LA Angels pick up Trevor Story in a dream situation, and not Carlos Correa. Think Correa is better? That's fine.

But he'd be so much more expensive than Story, and so expensive to the point where we wouldn't be able to pay for both him AND improve the staff. He already reportedly turned down a 10-year/$275 million deal. Besides, despite Correa being a key piece in one of the biggest cheating scandals in sports history, he still has a lower slugging percentage, OPS, HR per 162 game rate, and R per 162 game rate than Story.

Batting sixth for the LA Angels: Jo Adell, RF

Jo Adell batting sixth proves that this LA Angels lineup would be nasty. Oozing with potential, Adell has been an elite prospect for years. And last year when he came up, he drove in 26 runs in 35 games.

Keep him in the Big Leagues and watch him flourish.

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