Much to the same tune as their cross-freeway rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Angels have now failed to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season despite huge signings, trades and money thrown into the team.
In spite of spending over $315 million in signing both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson to long-term deals and trading for Zack Greinke midway through the season, the Halos could not emerge from the shadows of the Texas Rangers or hold off the surging Oakland A’s in 2012.
While it is not necessarily panic time in Anaheim, it is certainly do-or-die time for manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels’ manager has been on the hot seat for over a year now, and if he can’t win in 2013, it will most likely be his last season with the Angels.
However, according to owner Arte Moreno, there is no question he will be back next year.
"I have told him. He wants to come back, I want him to come back,” said owner Moreno. “He's been the manager of the Angels for 13 years. He will be the manager of the Angels for a 14th year. Period."
Moreno still has confidence in Scioscia and is committed to winning with him as the team’s manager.
Therefore, significant moves will surely be made this offseason to help Scioscia and the Angels get back to the playoffs this season.
Here are the moves I think the Angels should make if they hope to contend for a spot in the postseason in 2013: