Five Big Questions for the LA Angels in 2016

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Who is going to be the left fielder?

The Angels got a Major League worst .592 OPS out of the left-field position last season. They were thought to be in on guys like Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton, but owner Arte Moreno is very hesitant to exceed the luxury tax threshold, and signing one of them would require them to exceed it. But, with their recent history of spending big (Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton), you can’t count them out until they have signed elsewhere. Cheaper options still available on the free agent market, include Dexter Fowler and Austin Jackson. Even though I wouldn’t count them out on free agents, a trade does seem more likely at this point. Trade options include Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez, Jay Bruce, Marcell Ozuna, among others.

The Angels have signed Craig Gentry and Daniel Nava this offseason, which as it stands could form a platoon. But, recently it was reported by Alden Gonzalez of mlb.com, that they are “confident they’ll acquire an additional option for left field.” Whether they sign a top free agent, sign a mid-tier free agent, or use some pitching depth to trade for an outfielder, the Halos need to figure out who is going to be their left fielder.

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