Los Angels Angels: Offseason Report Card

(Source: Getty Images)

(Source: Getty Images)

The Simmons trade absolutey drained the Angels already bleak farm system. Their former first round pick, lefty Sean Newcomb and highly talented RHP Chris Ellis went to Atlanta along with Erick Aybar. The winner of the trade can’t be determined until the prospects develop, but from a short-term standpoint, the Angels came out on top. The Angels broke up their long-time double-play duo last season by trading Howie Kendrick for Andrew Heaney, and soon it was Aybar’s turn to go. One of Mike Scioscia’s favorite players, Aybar had one year left on his contract, and with minimal options in next year’s market, replacing him with Simmons was the smart thing to do.

Also gone from the Angels top prospect list is reliever Trevor Gott. After coming over in the Huston Street trade, Gott had his fair share of ups and downs, but by the end of the season he was one of the Angels most dominant relievers. He pitched to a 3.02 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched, proving that his talent is real. The price was steep for Yunel Escobar, and the Angels paid up.

Free agent departures of David Freese, David DeJesus, Matt Joyce, Shane Victorino, and David Murphy left the club with multiple holes. Freese was the biggest loss, as the Angels had come to rely on his consistent offense and clutch abilities. The latter were a combination of deployed left fielders to replace the production (or lack of production) from Josh Hamilton. This experiment proved to be nothing short of a failure, as they were among MLB’s worst in production from the left-field position.

Collin Cowgill, Vinnie Pestano, Daniel Robertson, Cesar Ramos, Conor Gillaspie, and Wesley Wright were players who made minimal contributions to the Angels’ 2015 season, and departed seeking greener pastures. Cowgill, now with the Indians, looks to earn a starting gig while Michael Brantley returns from an injury, and Cesar Ramos recently signed a minor-league deal with the Texas Rangers, hoping to make their MLB bullpen. The Yankees claimed Pestano, and Wright climbed on with the Arizona Diamondbacks. They provided solid depth last year, but were easily replaced with new faces going into the 2016 season.

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