L.A. Angels: Predicting Their Opening Day Bullpen

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L.A. Angels: Predicting Their Opening Day Bullpen
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With spring training nearly here, baseball fans worldwide have grown restless in anticipation. This past winter provided baseball with some of the most exciting player movement in recent memory.  

Jose Reyes, Heath Bell and Mark Buehrle joined the Miami Marlins, while Prince Fielder left Milwaukee and signed a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers.

For Los Angeles Angels fans, however, much of the excitement from this offseason was provided by the signings of the legendary Albert Pujols as well as C.J. Wilson and LaTroy Hawkins.

Earlier in the offseason, general manager Jerry Dipoto also managed to bring in catcher Chris Iannetta in a trade that also sent young Tyler Chatwood to Colorado.

Despite much speculation, the Angels did not manage to make a bullpen acquisition, however.

Many rumors swirled that the Angels had interest in the likes of Ryan Madson and Francisco Cordero, but nothing came of those rumors. Instead, the Angels will head into spring training with a bullpen similar to the one they had in 2011.

Spring training is a time for the veteran relievers to prove they still have “it” and a time for the young guys to fight for any spots that may be available.

By Opening Day, only the top relievers who have proven themselves worthy, will earn a spot with the big league roster. Here is what the Angels bullpen could look like at the conclusion of spring training:

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