Five Big Questions for the LA Angels in 2016

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Is Johnny Giavotella the second basemen?

Johnny Giavotella took over the second base position for the Halos in 2015, after Howie Kendrick was traded away in the offseason. He was suprisingly productive at the plate with a .272/.318/.375 slash line. The scrappy player always seemed to come up big late in the game, and became a hero on numerous occasions.

Giavotella’s problem proved to be his defense. His dWAR was -0.9, and he made 12 errors in 128 games. Billy Eppler, the Angels new GM, clearly values defense, shown clearly in the Andrelton Simmons trade. Because of Eppler’s emphasis on defense, he may not be comfortable with Giavotella at second base.

Aside from former Angel Kendrick, there aren’t many options left on the free-agent market. There is Jimmy Rollins, who is reportedly receiving interest as a second basemen. Rollins could fit with the Angels because he is very good defensively, and he’s a switch hitter. The Halos do need more left-handed bats in the lineup. There are a few options for the Angels if they are planning on replacing Johnny Giavotella. If Giavotella remains the second basemen, the Halos are going to have to deal with his shaky defense. The Angels need to figure out if they’re going to acquire a second basemen, or if they are going to stick with Johnny Giavotella.

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