With the calendar now turned to 2012 and MLB spring training just weeks away, baseball fans around the world are bursting with excitement for the upcoming season. No fans, however, may be more excited for the 2012 season than Angels fans.
After finishing second in the division for two consecutive years, Angels owner Arte Moreno flexed his muscles at the winter meetings, where he and general manager Jerry Dipoto shocked the world when they inked both Albert Pujols and ex-Ranger C.J. Wilson to long-term deals.
With Pujols and Wilson joining an already strong Angels team, they look to unseat the division rival Texas Rangers. The Rangers, however, seem ready for the challenge after coming off back-to-back World Series appearances.
Although the Rangers deserve much respect for their recent accomplishments, they may no longer be the best team in the American League. They may not even be the best team in their division.
The 2012 season will see the Angels and Rangers clash even harder than before. If the Angels have it their way, they will be replacing the Rangers as American League champions and returning to the World Series on the 10th anniversary of their World Series win in 2002.
It will not be easy, but the Angels do have some advantages over the Texas Rangers that may help them unseat the AL champs.