Los Angels Angels: Offseason Report Card

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With the offseason in its final stages, the 40-man roster seems set. Overall, the team failed to improve offensively, swapping out Matt Joyce for Daniel Nava and Yunel Escobar for David Freese. However, the defense looks stronger with the addition of Andrelton Simmons and Cliff Pennington. The bullpen was revamped with new names, but with few improvements. GM Billy Eppler was connected to nearly every left fielder on the market, hoping to convince Arte Moreno to fork over some cash. Unfortunately, his attempts never panned out, forcing him to make penny-pinching moves to complete the roster. The rumors of Gordon, Cespedes, and Upton led fans on an emotional roller-coaster, but in the end, left them feeling disappointed. With a depleted farm system and a limited budget, the Angels did as well as they could this offseason, but are still on the outside looking in. With a little luck and a lot of hope, the Angels will have a difficult time competing with their division rivals after finishing in third place in 2015. On the bright side, they are accustomed to playing the underdog role, so there’s no need to fear, Trout and company could be primed for a great year.

Overall grade: C-

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