The Los Angeles Angels felt that they just needed a couple of pieces to win the A.L. West this season. The spent almost all of their money on offense. The first big piece they signed was center fielder Gary Matthews. Matthews is one of the best defensive players in the game and he had a super year with the bat last season. Matthews hit .313 with 102 runs scored, 19 homers and 79 RBIs as a leadoff hitter. One has to wonder if he’ll ever approach those numbers again because it was a career season in his walk year. The Angels then signed Shea Hillenbrand after Juan Rivera broke his leg playing winter ball. Hillenbrand is a solid hitter as he’s got a batting average of .293 over the last three seasons and he’s averaged 77.3 runs scored, 18 homers and 76.7 RBI.
The Angels only have brought in a couple of pitchers but they both have a good chance to make the bullpen for them. Lefty Darren Oliver had one of the best seasons of his career last year with the Mets as he compiled a 3.44 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. The Angels had big trouble with lefty hitters last season and they’re hoping Oliver can fix that. The Angels also acquired hard throwing righty Chris Resop in a trade with the Marlins. He will probably be the first guy in if a starter gets tired.