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Expect significant changes to the Angels' lineup. To increase offensive performance, manager Mike Scioscia will greatly experiment with the roles of his players. Those expected to provide run support in 2011 were often upstaged. Bobby Abreu hit only eight home runs and ended the season with a .253 batting average. How did Vernon Wells fair as one of the highest-paid players in Angels history? He managed a dismal .218 batting average and only 66 RBI on the season.
While owner Arte Moreno refused to state that the Wells deal was a flop, he admitted that, “Any time you start doing things because of pressure, you're going to make mistakes.”
Whether it's considered a deep regret or simply a setback, the deal crippled Moreno’s budget and prevented any adjustment.
Many victories came as a result of unanticipated offensive output on the part of the younger and less experienced players. Peter Bourjos hit 12 home runs, double the amount he hit the year before, and surpassed both Wells and Abreu with a .271 batting average. Don’t be surprised if the less dynamic and potentially overvalued players are swapped with more recent MLB inductees for the sake of practicality and overall production.