#3- Third Base Need
The Angels failed to get much production again from David Freese at the hot corner. Freese played in 121 games and had a batting line of .257/.323/.420 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs. Not horrible numbers, but the Angels surely sought more from their right-handed hitting slugger. Freese is scheduled for free agency this winter and it seems unlikely that the Halos bring him back.
There was a rumor early in the off-season that the Angels were talking to the Tampa Bay Rays about Evan Longoria. That really came out of nowhere and you would imagine the price tag for acquiring Longoria would be astronomical. Doesn’t seem like this deal will come to fruition. The Angels would not want to part with the young talent required to make this deal happen.
A more likely scenario is the team explores options via free agency. Problem is there is not much out there to be had. Freese, Mark Reynolds, Joaquin Arias and Casey McGehee are probably the best candidates out there. Also a pair of ex-Angels are available. Though neither Alberto Callaspo or Maicer Izturis seem likely to be brought back for the 2016 season.
Ben Zobrist seems like a possibility. He is capable of playing the position and the reality is it is easier to find a decent second baseman than a third baseman. The Angels could also pursue a trade for a third baseman but they will have to do their homework in finding the right fit. The Angels farm system is not very strong at the moment, so they do not necessarily have the prospects to move either.