2014 Angels Outlook
It's no secret that the Los Angeles Angels have disappointed the last two seasons. After signing future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols, as well as former Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson, prior to the 2012 season, expectations were high in Anaheim. The Angels failed to qualify for the playoffs in 2012, and went out and made another big splash before the 2013 season -- signing former Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. Once again, the Angels failed to make the playoffs in 2013. Now in 2014, the Angels are set to not only challenge the Oakland A's and Rangers for the AL West crown, but compete for the American League pennant.
While Jered Weaver, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton may make the most money on the Angels, the Angels are led by uber-star Mike Trout. Trout has been nothing short of historic during his first two seasons with the Angels, finishing runner-up each year in the MVP race to Miguel Cabrera. Through his first two full seasons, Trout has posted a WAR over 10-- and doesn't even turn 23 until August 7. With a sure-fire MVP candidate patrolling center field, the Angels have a decided advantage over the rest of the American League -- especially considering Trout's low salary.
Trout can't lead the Angels back to the playoffs by himself, however. Angels manager Mike Scioscia will need Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton both to remain healthy throughout the 2014 season, and have productive seasons. If the two perform up to their abilities, the Angels could have three legitimate MVP candidates in Trout, Pujols and Hamilton.
Los Angeles shored up the left side of its infield with an offseason trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Angels sent Peter Bourjos and prospect Randal Grichuk to St. Louis in exchange for former World Series MVP David Freese and relief pitcher Fernando Salas. Though Freese had a disappointing year in 2013, he is certainly an asset to a team that had trouble at third base throughout the 2013 season.
Angels Franchise Facts
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