LA Angels: Why They Should Keep Dan Haren, Sign Ervin Santana Long Term

« Prev
1 of 9
Next »
Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse the slideshow
LA Angels: Why They Should Keep Dan Haren, Sign Ervin Santana Long Term
Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Swirling speculations about the Angels inability to keep their three aces intact and a growing disproportion between heightened payroll and team functionality cast serious clouds over sunny Anaheim this offseason.

It's not as if the Angels can afford losing one of their three best pitchers nor rely upon signing another big name this Winter.

With cornerstones Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick up for arbitration, team payroll could surge from $99 million to $121 million in 2012.

Tack on a Kendrys Morales' return and continued improvements from the youth brigade (Trumbo, Trout, Conger, Bourjos, Walden) and the team could be looking at multiple extensions in 2012.

The Darwinian like difficulty then lies in who to sign first?

Who is worthy of offers now? Who gives the team a future? Who if unrestricted will be most like John Lackey and bound for the Bronx or Beantown?

Precision from upper management will be of the essence if the Angels hope to retain their dominate pitching staff while improving on the offensive side of the ball.  

Begin Slideshow »
Load More Stories

Follow Los Angeles Angels from B/R on Facebook

Follow Los Angeles Angels from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Out of Bounds

Los Angeles Angels

Subscribe Now

We will never share your email address

Thanks for signing up.