Under the keen eye of Angels owner Arte Moreno, fresh-faced GM Billy Eppler was confronted with his first challenge since being hired on October 4, 2015. His task was simple: upgrade the roster without spending an absurd amount of money. Staying under the luxury-tax threshold has proven to be a tough challenge for Eppler. With David Freese and the miserable left-field misfits departing in free agency, the Angels had two gaping holes on the left side of their depth chart.
Even though Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had excellent seasons in 2015, the Angels offense was quite a disappointment. They finished 13th in the American League in runs scored, 12th in Runs per Game, and last in batting average. Obviously, there was room for improvement at the plate, as they finished with an 85-77 record, one game away from reaching the postseason. With pitching as their strength, the Angels eyed offense as their top priority going into the offseason.