The Angels made splashes in the 2019 offseason, after bringing in new manager Joe Maddon and signing star third baseman Anthony Rendon to a seven-year deal, but they missed the postseason for the sixth straight season.
The club dismissed general manager Billy Eppler as a result and hired Perry Minasian as their new GM. That was the first major item on the agenda for the Angels, who believe they can compete in 2021 with a few key additions to the roster.
The Angles starters have the second worst ERA, behind only the Tigers, so their rotation is a glaring need. Much like last offseason, the Angels are likely to add two starters via free agency or trade. Dylan Bundy will continue to be a part of the rotation in 2021. The club remains hopeful that Shohei Ohtani will return to pitching in 2021 as well. Trevor Bauer is the top starter available in free agency, but will the Angels sign him with draft pick compensation?
Much like starting pitching, the Angels bullpen needs some help. The bullpen blew an MLB worst 14 saves in 2020. Liam Hendriks is the top reliever available, and it would be quite the splash to take him away from their division rival Athletics.
The Angels did not extend a qualifying offer to Andrelton Simmons, who is now a free agent. But they have acquired Jose Iglesias.
The Angels could look to use the same combination in 2021, but Max Stassi underwent hip surgery which could cause him to miss the early part of the season. If the Angels believe that Stassi won’t be ready, they could add a catcher as insurance. But they’re not likely to go after a star catcher such as free agent J.T. Realmuto, although they did surprisingly sign Rendon last year instead of a premium starter.
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