Time for Halos to make a big move
The Angels cruised to 94 wins and their third AL West title in the past four years, but their season was surprisingly tumultuous. They had 13 players land on the disabled list -- six of them twice -- and the disruptions forced manager Mike Scioscia to write out 126 different lineups. The organization was also embarrassed by the revelation of a vermin infestation at the Angel Stadium concession stands.
GM: Tony Reagins
Manager: Mike Scioscia
'07 record: 94-68, 1st AL West
'07 payroll: $109.2M, 5th MLB
Runs scored: 822, 4th AL
Runs allowed: 731, 5th AL
OPS: .762, 7th AL
ERA: 4.23, 5th AL
Fielding percentage: .983, 10th AL
Primary needs1. The Angels clearly need another power hitter to complement the superb Vladimir Guerrero, and figure to be in the middle of the Alex Rodriguez sweepstakes. Though Garret Anderson rebounded strongly to drive in 65 runs after the All-Star break (compared to 15 before the break), the Angels were forced to use Maicer Izturis, with 13 career home runs, in the fifth spot down the stretch. 2. They must figure out the working dynamic between Reagins, who is largely untested in the day-to-day business of running a baseball team, and Scioscia, who stands to get much more input into the decision-making process with Stoneman's departure. 3. With indispensable closer Francisco Rodriguez entering his final year of arbitration, it would behoove the Angels to wrap him up to a multiyear deal rather than risk losing K-Rod (averaging 44 saves the past three years) to free agency.
Free agentsRHP Bartolo Colon, RHP Hector Carrasco Even though owner Arte Moreno has shot down the idea of paying one player $20 million, A-Rod to the Angels makes too much sense for them not to pursue it. A Guerrero-Rodriguez tandem would be as devastating as David Ortiz-Manny Ramirez. Moreno has yet to deliver on his promise to Angels fans for a big-ticket addition, and he has the means to pay A-Rod, despite his protestations. If that doesn't work out, the Angels could make a play for Mike Lowell -- and Scioscia didn't rule out Barry Bonds at the right price.
Trade baitIn 2006, the Angels were reportedly on the verge of trading pitcher Ervin Santana and shortstop Erick Aybar to Baltimore for Miguel Tejada until the deal collapsed. Both Santana and Aybar are probably still available, although Santana's star has fallen considerably. He went from a team-leading 16 wins in 2006 to a 7-14 mark in '07 that included a 1-10 record on the road and a monthlong demotion to Triple-A. There are rumblings that the Angels could make a run at the other Santana -- Johan -- which would require them to dip deeply into their productive farm system, most likely starting with third baseman Brandon Wood. Chone Figgins' name always seems to surface in trade rumors and will again, especially if A-Rod is signed.