The Angels are going to be one of the most improved teams in the majors in 2012 as they have reloaded. Here is a look at the new guys that the Angels have signed or traded for so far this winter:
In the field: The Angels made the biggest splash in the free agent market when they inked Albert Pujols to a robust 10-year deal. Pujols is going to make the whole Angels’ lineup better starting in 2012. The Angels also dealt for catcher Chris Iannetta and he will give them some thump in the order where their once was none, as they didn’t get much production offensively from their catchers in 2011. 1B/3B Jorge Cantu and outfielder Ryan Langerhans will battle for bench jobs this spring for the Angels.
On the mound: On the same day that the Angels signed Albert Pujols….they also inked lefty starting pitcher C.J. Wilson. Wilson’s addition will help the Angels, while also sticking it to his old team (the Rangers). The Angels also signed righty reliever LaTroy Hawkins early on in the free agent market and he should be a nice asset late in games. Lefty starter/reliever Brad Mills will likely start the 2012 season in AAA-ball, but a change of scenery might spark him to pitch up to his ability.
Overall: The Angels are going to be one of the best teams in all of baseball in 2012.