The Los Angeles Angels have made big splashes in free agency the last two offseasons, but what has it gotten them? Two third-place finishes and that's it.
The Angels have brought in the big bats of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton the last two years, but outside of signing C.J. Wilson, the team has largely failed at trading for, or signing any, quality pitchers.
According to MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez, Angels GM Jerry Dipoto is going to have to be tight with his money this offseason. The Angels already have $130 million committed to next year's roster. Instead, he'll have to look for starting rotation help in the trade market, via Gonzalez:
The Angels' general manager—assured in early October that he'd return for a third year—will spend a vast majority of his offseason talking to teams about ways to acquire starting pitching via trade, preferably by dangling offensive pieces like Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar, Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo.
With very little wiggle room, the Angels are going to have to get creative with the pieces they have available as they look for cheap options in the rotation.
Here's a look at five ways the Angels can improve their roster with their limited resources.