When an MLB organization like the Los Angeles Angels heads into the offseason strapped for spending cash, with a lack of depth in the farm system and available MLB-level trade chips that won't deplete the team, making moves becomes a real test.
A test that has constantly changing questions with difficult answers.
Give the Angels credit, though. General manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia have surprisingly come together, philosophically, and are doing their collective best to cut the proverbial mustard.
Have the they done enough?
They haven't completed any monster deals like past offseasons—unless you count Mike Monster, the feel-good story who will be an interesting scenario during spring training. And there could be some concern the team is still missing a power bat and a starting pitcher. (Raul Ibanez might alleviate part of that issue, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.)
Because the AL West has seemingly grown more competitive each day this winter, leaving anything off the shopping list could be detrimental. However, there are glimpses of hope, all revolving around the moves already completed by the organization.
How much hope?
Well, let the grading begin…