If the organization and fans alike are honest about the current Angels roster they'll agree on one thing: An offseason face-lift is in order.
Torii Hunter has one year left on contract but is on the decline. And what the Angels choose to do with the $15 million owed to the longtime veteran could direct quite a spending spree.
It is fair to say that no team will be a taker when it comes to Vernon Wells, who at 33 years old, lacking plate discipline and owed $20 million-plus per, will be a hard sell.
Letting loose these two players (one way or another) in order to open some sum of money in the pocket of Arte will be a telling test for Tony Reagins, currently on thin ice.
On the pitching side of things the Angels are set. Boasting a three-man behemoth of Weaver, Haren and Santana, is pitching any club not named the Phillies would build around.
But aside from pitching, the Angels offensively are unstable.
Hunter, Wells and longtime injured Kendry Morales are the team's big bats. All three were/are expected to sit in the middle of the lineup and drive in runs.
Currently though, none of the three are club positives.
Hunter is the closest, because of his Gold Glove in the outfield, clubhouse leadership and community involvement. Wells, in my opinion, is Mathews Jr. all over again. And if the Halos can make something happen to at least save a couple of million dollars over the remainder of his contract, I say do it.
As for Morales?
Many in the organization have seen too many great things from the youngster to fully give up on him. Moving him to a DH roll in order that Trumbo might continue as a key cog for many years would be a smart move.
The group of Conger, Trout, Trumbo and Bourjous have given fans a glimmer of hope in the near future. All four have shown signs of brilliance, with the ability to hit the ball and play lockdown, error-free defense.
Yet it is doubtful to believe the team can fully rely on four kids and a returning Morales.
Making some mixture of free-agent moves this offseason to solidify the club with a big bat is imperious for the "kids'" maturation and organic growth into solidified stars.