The Los Angeles Angels have not made the postseason since 2009. Since then, the front office has developed a bad habit of signing aging players (Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton) to long-term deals in a desperate attempt to win a title.
Those moves have largely backfired on the Angels, with a deadly combination of poor on-field performance and financial inflexibility.
This does not necessarily mean the Angels have no hope, as the roster is still filled with talented players, and the best player in baseball in Mike Trout.
- Consistent producers for the team may be ranked lower just because the performance is expected, and the elevated play of another player could be far more important to the team’s success.
- Starting pitchers were weighed more heavily for this list since the Angels ranked 22nd in team ERA (4.30) last season.
All statistics courtesy of FanGraphs.com