Trade porn. That’s really what it is for Angels fans that are thirsty for change and excitement. Each and every article is fascinating because it brings to light all these possibilities and allows us to dream big for the future. The Angels 2013/2014 offseason is the MOTHER of all trade porns because as explained thoroughly in every article, the Angels have to change but can’t afford to spend any more money because of the luxury tax. The Angels are primed to go all fantasy baseball on the world, and no one, including me, can resist speculating on what they might do.
But first, let me preface all of this by explaining who the Angels are. As an organization they have an identity. It’s shaped by their owner, GM, manager, scouts and players. For years they were the blue collar scrappers from the other side of the tracks. They were Rocky Balboa in this first Rocky film. Now, they’ve grown a bit of the flair for the dramatic. It isn’t as if Dipoto wanted to go out and sign Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton, but he’s certainly smart enough not to argue when his owner tells him he wants to add these guys to the team. Dramatic
The Angels also like to take risks. Dipoto’s first season he gambled on an unproven bullpen and paid the price. His second season he tried to beat the market by bringing in unheralded starters that no one else was bidding for. That one backfired too. Risky
Finally, the Angels are obsessed with their own legacy. Mike Scioscia’s determined to prove his management style fits 2014 as well as it did in 2004. Arte Moreno’s determined to take a huge chunk of Southern California away from the Dodgers. Jerry Dipoto seems hell bent on signing or trading for any So-Cal native and bringing them home. And as an organization, the Angels are looking to bring back everything that made the good ol’ days so good and are really trying to build themselves up as a Southern California family. See Don Baylor and Gary Disarcina. Legacy
So what’s going to happen? I have no clue. But I have guesses, and here they are.