It’s hard to believe it was only three years ago that the Los Angeles Angels won 98 games and scored more runs than any team in baseball, isn’t it? Since then, the Halos have seen their win total dwindle to 85 in 2015 and 77 in 2016 despite running high payrolls and employing Mike Trout, the game’s finest player.
Years of poor drafts, forfeiting picks to sign free agents, and tough breaks have left the Angels with a barren farm system. There are no impact prospects to call up when there’s a need and general manager Billy Eppler has few trade chips to offer. He’s had to get creative since taking over in October 2015, and has done a nice job filling out his roster by taking on players who had fallen out of favor elsewhere.
As it stands right now, the Angels look a borderline contender at best, even with Trout’s greatness leading the way. A lot is going to ride on health, especially with the pitching staff. I’m not sure any team in baseball is more dependent on good health to have any shot at contention in 2017. Let’s take a look at the upcoming season for the Halos.