#2- Second Base Need
If the team had not dealt Howie Kendrick prior to the 2015 season, they might just have made the playoffs. Kendrick is a professional hitter and would easily account for at least the one game the Angels failed to secure for a playoff berth. The Angels dealt him across town to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Andrew Heaney a decent left-handed pitching prospect. The 24-year-old threw well for the Angels going 6-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 105 innings and 18 starts.
The problem wasn’t Heaney, who will be a solid mid-rotation starter. The issue is the production they got from Johnny Giavotella. Who started at second base replacing Kendrick. Giavotella hit .272 with four home runs and 49 RBIs. He is a right-handed batter and has little to no power. He is 27 years old and puts the ball in play, but the Angels will likely be on the lookout for an upgrade.
Ben Zobrist and Daniel Murphy would fit in perfect as each are solid veterans that the Angels covet. Murphy is a left-handed hitter while Zobrist is a switch hitter. Zobrist has the ability to play multiple position which is highly sought after. There will be a huge bidding war for Zobrist as he can fit the need for many teams around the league.
The Angels might also be interested in Chase Utley or Howie Kendrick. The duo finished the year on the Dodgers team, but both are free agents and could be of interest to the club. A reunion with Kendrick could not be completely ruled out as he is well aware of what it means to be an Angel. One way or another the team will pick up a veteran at this position.