How the LA Angels are impacted by the MLB lockout
By Evan Desai
The LA Angels, like all other MLB teams, are going through a unique and unexpected time right now with the MLB lockout.
The bright side is that it's not just the Angels, but the whole league trying to navigate through this. The Halos aren't necessarily at a disadvantage due to this situation compared to the other teams in the league.
Basically, the lockout is going to really slow things down for this club.
The LA Angels will have to put their offseason plans on pause during the MLB lockout.
The LA Angels won't be able to put pen to paper on any new signings or re-signings, and won't be able to make any trades during the MLB lockout.
That being said, this does give the Angels a chance to catch their breath, re-assess where their roster's at, and how they want to attack free agency.
It appeared that the rest of the league was moving a bit too fast for Anaheim earlier this offseason, as they were in contention for many major free agents but couldn't end up sealing the deal. Perhaps now that they have some time to continue evaluating their boards during this stoppage, they'll be better equipped to land on the next crop of players they're into.
They can also work on potentially extending Shohei Ohtani. That's something they can start planning for, or continue developing a plan for, if they've already gone to work on that. Now that they're not concerned with landing external players, they can get to work on in-house projects.
The baseball world has stopped, but there are still ways for the Angels' front office to get to work and prepare for when baseball comes back behind the scenes. Let's just hope this lockout ends sooner rather than later so that we can have a normal season in 2022.