The Angels had complete dominance in the AL West in 2008. The trade that sent Mark Texiera to the L.A. Angels of Anaheim was not meant to ensure a playoff spot but to work on the World Series. In late July Texiera was traded again mid-season, two years in a row. Last season he was traded from the Rangers to the Braves in a last ditch effort to try and make it to the playoffs.
The Angels have many free-agents that were on the 2008 squad including Garret Anderson, Fransisco Rodriguez, Mark Texiera and Jon Garland. The Angels seem to be shifting gears into pursuing CC Sabathia.
The Angels starting rotation would then be the following
That would be slightly better than the Chicago Cubs rotation. If they were able to re-sign Francisco Rodriguez they would have the most dominating pitching in both leagues. Still the Cubs are comparable. The White Sox are no slouch on the topic either.
But even CC Sabathia might not be able to ensure the Angels a spot with a horrible infield when Mark Texiera departs and an aging outfield.
If I were the Angels GM I would release K-Rod, Garland, Anderson and Texiera. Then sign Brian Fuentes, Jerry Hairston Jr, Raul Ibanez and Randy Johnson. That is one of many options but the Angels team can in no way afford K-Rod, Sabathia and Texiera.
Expect the AL West to tighten with all three other teams full of youth, speed, and pitching. This division can turn fierce, especially with Matt Holliday now on the Athletics.