Arte Moreno continues to show off his deep pockets, successfully obtaining the two best free agents of the off-season, on the same day. On December 8th, Albert Pujols signed a 10-year, $240 million contract and C.J. Wilson inked a five-year, $77.5 million deal.
The Angels, with Dan Haren, Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson and Ervin Santana have arguably the league’s best pitching staff. Now, with Pujols, they might have MLB’s best hitter, too. Still, winning the AL West is far from a guarantee as the Texas Rangers have a rather large say in what happens in the division.
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (I still dislike that name) feature an extremely talented team, stacked with prospects, stars and veteran role players. Look for Vernon Wells and Torii Hunter to rebound with the protection Pujols brings to the lineup for them. Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo are both up and coming stars. Howie Kendrick and Eric Aybar are both studs up the middle and Peter Bourjos had a great first season in the bigs last year. Plus, defensively in center field he can catch just about anything.
The pitching staff is top notch, domination waiting to happen, although a few questions do remain in the bullpen where the Angels may need to acquire some depth. Jordan Walden is a good, young closer, yet his 9 blown saves last season leave room for improvement.
Bottom line, there are only two things that can stop the Angels from winning the West. Their bullpen and the Texas Rangers.