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LA Angels: 4 giant whiffs from Arte Moreno before MLB lockout

Sep 20, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA;  Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38)
Sep 20, 2021; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris Taylor
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The LA Angels made some good moves in the offseason before the lockout, but they also missed out on what would have been big moves.

There were several players they were being linked to by reporters/insiders who cover this league, but they couldn't get many of them done.

There were four players in particular who they've whiffed on big-time so far. In order to fix this, the front office is going to have to come roaring back when the MLB lockout is over.

No. 4 giant whiff from Arte Moreno before MLB lockout: Chris Taylor

The LA Angels were rumored to be in on Chris Taylor, and Arte Moreno and the front office weren't able to get it done.

An All-Star in 2021, Taylor has defensive versatility that could have really helped the Angels. He's played all three outfield spots, third base, and he of course can play both middle infield spots.

Taylor isn't elite offensively, but he's still solid. In the last five years, Taylor has hit .265/.343/.461 (.804 OPS) with a 114 OPS+. Those numbers are fine for a shortstop, which is where he'd be playing for our team. There aren't a ton of good hitting offensive shortstops in the American League, so those numbers would do.

Taylor is already of course comfortable playing down here in the LA area, as he's been a Dodger since 2016. He'll remain a Dodger unfortunately, and our shortstop options are becoming more and more minimal as a few of the other big names are already gone.