Over his tenure with the Angels, Albert Pujols was not the star we hoped he’d be. Not only was he replaced as the best player on the team the moment Mike Trout arrived, his contract prevented adding pieces around Trout the last few years.
Overall the Angels paid Pujols roughly $42 million per WAR per Fangraphs. Does that make his mega deal an outlier or par for the course?
Where might Pujols land after this? I’d call this list a stretch other than maybe Cleveland. Baltimore might be a nice fit. HR friendly yard and division, no hopes of winning.
The present day Angels look to improve what has been a disastrous start to the year defensively.
Fangraphs breaks it down and the Angels rotation issues have a lot to do with the defense. “The Angels have been worse at converting batted balls into outs than any team in the majors, and not by a little.”
Moving Walsh off the grass and to first upgrades both right field and first base. Rendon coming back will fix third base. I can’t figure out Iglesias but and neither can FGs.
The hope has to be for an improved defense to get the teams expected ERA and real ERA in line. If that happens, L’s will turn into W’s.
For now the Angels aren’t just wasting Mike Trout, we’re wasting Shohei Ohtani too.
I hate to keep being the bearer of bad news, but the talented Chris Rodriguez is heading to the IL.
Looking towards the future, minor league baseball started this week.
Jordyn Adams made a great first impression. Our own Turk’s Teeth thinks he’s poised for a breakout year.
And perhaps the epic name Packy Naughton isn’t the only return in the Brian Goodwin trade. Jose Salvador recorded 12 K’s over 13 outs in his 66ers debut.
The 66ers roster has some interesting young talent. And with tickets at the Big A both rare and expensive, the minor league affiliate looks like a great spot to take the family for a night at the ballpark. I think I’ll head there myself soon.
Have a great, safe weekend. I’m going to enjoy the Canelo fight on Saturday and hope the Angels can somehow pull off a Douglas/Tyson level upset over the Brooklyn Logo Stealers.