The Los Angeles Angels season came down to the last game of the season, and the team sadly failed to win. Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers beat the Angels by a score of 9-2. The loss resulted in the team finishing one game behind the Houston Astros for second place in the American League Western Division. It also put the Angels one game behind the Astros for the last A.L. Wild Card spot.
To come so close is devastating, but the Angels have their sights on getting back into the 2016 playoffs. Any team led by Mike Trout and Albert Pujols is a legitimate contender. Trout is the perennial pick for the best player in the league. Pujols once held that title for many seasons and still has some left in his tank.
The Angels team has some very clear and evident needs that have to be addressed this offseason if they truly expected to contend. The team already has a considerable payroll, but can still allocate more money for the right player or two. The Angels are motivated to win and they will likely be very active in the free-agent market this winter.
With the dismissal of Jerry Dipoto the Angels are currently under a new regime led by first time G.M. Billy Eppler. The young G.M. worked in the New York Yankees organization before being hired by the Angels. He has his work cut out for him as the Angels are constructed to win now. He is essentially working with players he didn’t draft so he will likely want to put his flavor on the team.
The following is the wish list for the 2016 Los Angeles Angels.