2016 Los Angeles Angels Wish List


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#4- Catcher

Chris Iannetta had a horrible offensive year for the Angels last year. $5.5 million for a catcher that hit .188 in 272 at-bats is not exactly a great deal. Iannetta has never taken the step to becoming a legit full-time catcher. He has the ability slugging 10 home runs last season, but has struggled to make consistent contact. He struck out 83 times last season for the Angels.

Iannetta is a free agent this season and probably will not be brought back by the Angels. The team will look for a suitable replacement as the only catcher they currently have with Major League experience is Carlos Perez. The 24-year-old backstop played in 86 games last season and played decently. He hit .250 last season with four home runs and 21 RBIs in 260 at-bats. He struck out 49 times and walked 19 times in total last season.

A great option for the team is possible free-agent-to-be Matt Wieters from the Baltimore Orioles. He would provide a veteran bat and could also help mentor young Perez. Wieters could still be offered a qualifying offer from the Orioles, and if so any team signing him would be required to surrender a draft pick. That would be a deciding factor for any team including the Angels.

This catching need is something the team will address. They cannot be satisfied with what their current situation is. Perez has some ability, but they do need a veteran presence of some sort. Other notable free agents include Dioner Navarro, Alex Avila, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, A.J. Pierzynski and Carlos Corporan. Navarro and Avila could also be good fits for the Angels as their backstop in 2016. They have plenty of option when finding a catcher and look for the Angels to sign someone very close to the start of the free agent signing period.

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