Now that spring training games are officially underway, fans all across Major League Baseball will finally get to see their teams return to action. Some teams have undergone huge changes, while other teams return looking similar to their 2011 forms.
Among the teams making big changes are the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Their offseason moves included adding slugger Albert Pujols and left-handed starter C.J. Wilson. In addition, the Angels managed to sign relievers LaTroy Hawkins and Jason Isringhausen, while also acquiring catcher Chris Iannetta from the Colorado Rockies.
After coming off of a second World Series appearance, the Angels' rival, the Texas Rangers, did not make many major moves. Much of the attention the Rangers received this offseason was due to the signing of Japanese phenom Yu Darvish. The Rangers also signed veteran reliever Joe Nathan in order to shift Neftali Feliz to the Rangers' rotation.
Heading into 2012, the Angels look to have closed the gap that existed between the two teams during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. During those seasons, the Rangers managed to finish in the division lead, leaving the Angels without a spot in the playoffs.
Let's compare the two teams heading into the 2012 season to determine why the Angels will be the better team in 2012.