After signing Albert Pujols to a $240 million mega contract in 2012, the Los Angeles Angels expected big things. What resulted was widely considered a disappointment—the Angels finished third in the AL West and missed the playoffs.
Angels GM Jerry Dipoto went back to work, looking to free agency with the hopes of improving the roster.
This time, the team had its sights set on Josh Hamilton. The Halos signed the left-handed slugger to a five-year, $125 million contract.
The Hamilton acquisition brought together three of the best and most feared hitters in the game, creating a star-studded trio that some analysts believed could rival any in history.
And fairly so.
The combination of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton currently accounts for 15 All-Star selections, 10 Silver Slugger Awards, four MVP awards, two Rookie of the Year honors and two batting titles.
In addition to Hamilton, the Angels also acquired starting pitchers Jason Vargas, Tommy Hanson and Joe Blanton in the offseason. They bolstered their 'pen with the signings of Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett.
But for one reason or another, it hasn't clicked in Anaheim. The Angels currently own a 25-33 record and sit a whopping 11 games behind division-leading Texas.
With more than a quarter of the season in the books, it is time to re-grade all of the offseason acquisitions made by the Angels in 2013.