Separating the winners from the losers during a Los Angeles Angels' offseason is like eating an entire pack of Saltine crackers under one minute. It's not a simple task, regardless of the confidence level or the expectation.
Just look at the past.
The 2011-12 offseason was pricey and filled with positives, but the players most seemingly thought would be the sure-thing winners were simply not. Not yet.
In 2012-13, it was the offseason of Joe...Blanton? Josh Hamilton made an interesting "trio," which turned out to be a "solo" act by Mike Trout. And a guy named J.B. Shuck was ignored, only to end the season with a fifth-place finish for Rookie of the Year.
Though monetarily pinched, while lacking trade chips and depth in the minor leagues, general manager Jerry Dipoto has not sat in the corner and sulked.
Along with manager Mike Scioscia, the Angels relied on difficult moves, letting go of favorites like Mark Trumbo and Peter Bourjos, with low-cost signings—sans Joe Smith—to obtain pitching depth in the rotation, bullpen and the minor league system while also addressing areas of need like third base and DH.
That deserves, at least, a small golf clap for effort. However, none of those moves can have a definitive winner or loser until the season, maybe toward the end of spring training, at the earliest.
For now, it's about the big picture. Not only focusing on the directly affected by all of the signings, trades and interesting weight gains but also including the indirect, too.
So, with that mind, grab your Saltines and let's take a look-see at what could be considered the winners and losers from the Angels' offseason.