The Los Angeles Angels will likely be undergoing a lot of changes this off-season

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Tuesday 27 October 2009 at 1:28 pm

The Angels have seven potential free agents and it’s looking like a lot of them will be leaving the Angels over the winter. Chone Figgins, John Lackey, Vladimir Guerrero and Bobby Abreu will all likely command top dollar so it will be interesting to see if owner Arte Moreno wants them back or if he wants to spend his money on new players. Robb Quinlan and Kelvim Escobar would probably return on the cheap if the Angels want them back. Darren Oliver is considering retirement but he could have a lot of suitors in free agency pushing his price up. If Chone Figgins moves on to a new team (which is likely) look for the Angels to look for a more traditional power hitting 3B with Adrian Beltre, Joe Crede, Mark DeRosa, Pedro Feliz, Troy Glaus and Melvin Mora getting consideration. If Guerrero and Abreu both leave than the Angels will be looking for a corner outfielder and a DH. Jason Bay, Matt Holliday, Marlon Byrd and Johnny Damon would all probably be considered for the outfield job while Aubrey Huff, Carlos Delgado, Jim Thome and Hideki Matsui would be DHs the Angels would place a call to. The Angels will also be in the market for a starting pitcher as they likely won’t be giving John Lackey a $20 million dollar per year contract. Jon Garland, Tim Hudson (if the Braves let him go), Carl Pavano, Randy Wolf, Erik Bedard, Andy Pettitte, Jarrod Washburn and Doug Davis would all likely get consideration from the Angels. The bullpen could also use some reinforcements from the right side with David Weathers, Danys Baez, Rafael Betancourt (if the Rockies let him go), Kiko Calero, Brendan Donnelly, LaTroy Hawkins, Brandon Lyon and Takashi Saito would probably interest the Angels to varying degrees. The Angels also need a lefty for the bullpen if Darren Oliver leaves or retires. Mike Gonzalez, Joe Beimel, Scott Eyre, John Grabow, Ron Mahay, Will Ohman, Brian Shouse or Jamie Walker would be considered. The Angels have a lot of work to do this winter.

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