The Los Angeles Angels finished the 2015 season one game shy of reaching the postseason, with a final record of 85-77. They were very close to the Houston Astros in the AL West heading into August, when they went a terrible 10-19 and fell below the .500 mark. The offense looked horrendous, and they seemed destined to miss the playoffs. That was until September rolled around and the Halos rebounded with an impressive 20-11 mark. Ultimately, they were eliminated on the final day of the regular season.
Billy Eppler was hired as the new Angels GM, and it seemed his top offseason task would be to improve the offense. While the Angels stayed away from top free agents, they did acquire third baseman Yunel Escobar, who will help the top of the order, and made some moves that strengthen their depth (Geovany Soto, Cliff Pennington, Daniel Nava, Craig Gentry, Al Alburquerque, etc.). Their biggest offseason acquisition was obiously shortstop Andrelton Simmons, but he probably will only improve them defensively.
Overall, the Angels still have the potential to make the playoffs, or even win the AL West, but a few things must go right. Here are some major keys for the Angels heading into the 2016 season.