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Brandon Wood did not work out at third base for the Angels who struggled to replace Chone Figgins in 2010.
The Angels seriously needed to add some offensive firepower this offseason and they missed out on the two premier free agent bats. Adrian Beltre really is a must-sign for these guys and he will almost certainly sign for more money and more years than he’s worth. I think the Angels are going to go all in on Beltre and wind up signing him for four years and something like 50 million dollars.
At the top of the Angels’ depth chart and third base is Maicer Izturis, an average contact hitter with no power. He has hit 27 home runs in his career which has spanned over 1800 at bats. Alberto Callaspo may be a better option but he still isn’t an impact bat, despite a couple seasons of hitting .300. Then there’s Brandon Wood who seems to be an exceptional AAA player. He does nothing well at the major league level and may spend some time as a backup this year, if he’s lucky.
Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick give the Angels a middle infield combination that hits for average but doesn’t take walks. If the average fails them in 2011 or if they experience prolonged slumps, the team will be hit relatively hard, lacking production from at least two infield spots.
Adrian Beltre would be another offensive force for the team, but he wouldn’t be a saving grace. Kendry Morales is the team’s lone offensive stud. Torii Hunter has learned to take a walk and a declining Bobby Abreu is still a productive player, but this team can’t get by on productive players alone. Neither of those two guys can carry a team. With the holes they have in their lineup, they need some additional firepower. Beltre would really be more of what they already have but that’s better than nothing. He would give them three 90 RBI guys in the middle of their order surrounding Morales.
Beltre would be a fantastic defensive upgrade and an additional 15 home runs and 40 RBI to what they already have. He won't approach his numbers from 2010 except maybe in the HR department and he wont justify a five-year deal but he’ll help the Angels to remain competitive if not an especially fearsome team.