Will Four Aces and a Wild Card Red Bird Turned Red Angel, Give the Halos the Winning Hand into the World Series?

I am still trying to process everything that has gone on the last 24 hours, the Texas Rangers must have really left a bad taste in our collective mouths for the Angels’ organization to react this way. I guess seeing someone in your division represent the American League in the World Series two years in a row can do that to a team.

Since the big-splash signings of Vladimir Guerrero, Bartolo Colon and Kelvim Escobar before 2004,  Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia, John Lackey, Chone Figgins and Paul Konerko and in trade talks for Roy Halladay and Miguel Cabrera; free agents, Carl Crawford, and Cliff Lee.one would think this would be a list of all stars, but they have all been failed acquisitions by the Angels.

Now they have signed both Albert Pujols and C. J. Wilson to long-term contracts essentially changing landscape of not only of the American League West, but of the entire American League. My little brother knocked on my bedroom door this morning and said, “did you hear the news?” Half asleep, I thought he was talking about Wilson. He goes on to say “I think they overpaid, but we have him for 10 years.” Slowly waking up, I thought to myself, “CJ Wilson for 10 years? I only remember the Angels offering five.” Then it dawned on me that he wasn’t talking about CJ Wilson at all, he was talking about Albert Pujols.

 

For those of you that have read my blog on a regular basis, you know I have brought this up as a possibility since the beginning of last year, but I myself didn’t believe that this was actually a possibility especially after the spectacular rise of Mark Trumbo, but truth be told it makes sense both from a team perspective and a business perspective as well.

 

For the last two years, the Texas Rangers have dominated the American League West, with the Angels coming in at a close second, this is a team that was used to trading division titles with the Oakland Athletics. We’ve always had a good team, but never a team that could compete with the American League East, the Yankees, the Rays and the Red Sox, particularly. We needed to make an impact move that would help the team get past the Rangers while at the same time help us compete with the rest of the power divisions in baseball such as the aforementioned American League East.

 

From a business standpoint, it also makes a lot of sense the Angels have always competed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the Los Angeles area market, with the Dodgers in the middle of an ownership transition this was the perfect opportunity for Angels owner, Arturo Moreno to take advantage of this opportunity. What better way than to ink the best player in all of baseball of the modern era?

 

People are concerned about the length of Albert’s contract, but one of the advantages of Albert Pujols coming over to the American League is towards the back of his contract the Angels can now use them as a designated hitter. Extending his offensive influence on this team.



One has to wonder, what the Angels are now capable of doing, with a rotation that is arguably now one of the best in all of baseball with Jared Weaver, Dan Haren, C. J. Wilson and Ervin Santana. Offensively, we have the guy the heart and soul the offense Torii Hunter, Mark Trumbo, Mike Trout, and hopefully a resurgence from Vernon Wells. We would definitely be a team with a lot of depth, yet limited flexibility.

 

I am also concerned for the accessibility of Angels tickets to the average fan given this shocking news, next year will be my 30th anniversary as a loyal Angels’ fan and I just hope that tickets can still stay somewhat affordable so that future generations can enjoy the game of baseball just as I have over the years. For me it’s no longer a “Winter Wonderland” it now has become “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.

 

-ICE

3 Comments

Congratulations on the pick-up, Ice, I’m sure it will be an entertaining year. I mentioned on my blog that these are both good pick-ups (although I think the Angels will have limited financial flexibility for quite a few years) for you, but I still think my Rangers have the horses to win the West a 3rd consecutive year, but it’ll be a LOT closer. Don’t count the Rangers out on making another acquisition or two either. Both Beltre and Napoli were added in January, so there’s still much to be done!

It has been an amazing day as an Angels’ fan. And ICE-you were the first to predict this when we caught those games last September. I certainly didn’t believe it would happen, but Moreno is a shrewd businessman and likes to spend money on franchise changing players.

Shaun,
Yes, I remember that day vividly. Ironically that was the day that the Rangers mathematically eliminated the Angels from contention. I remember our conversation during the Rangers’ warm-ups, it just made sense to me. We were discussing Morales and Trumbo, since we didn’t know if Kendrys was coming back 100%, you suggested that the Angels find a backup during the off-season for Trumbo. When I said, “what if Trumbo becomes a backup,” you responded, “how do you figure?” I continued to elaborate, “here’s a thought, what if the Angels were to go after Albert Pujols, convert Trumbo to third ; and DH Morales.” You replied, “it would be nice, but I don’t see Angels increasing the payroll to make that happen.” I countered, ” I have plenty feeling that the Angels might go in that direction.”

What do you know, it happened it’s funny how my off-the-wall logic usually works, thank you for being my friend and a fellow diehard fans. I had completely forgot about that conversation until you reminded me. I hope you can make the trip from the East Coast soon. So we can catch a game together, I miss you my friend.

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