|Does having Josh Hamilton make the Angels the most|
intimidating team in baseball right now?
Add five years on to that logic and you can consider any investment a gamble, let alone a $125MM one. Still, assuming Hamilton will be mostly healthy and putting him in the same lineup as Albert Pujols and phenom Mike Trout is going to be terrifying for anyone who has the misfortune of pitching to them.
|Joe Blanton takes his talents to Angel Stadium in 2013|
All these moves combined make the Angels almost look like a "new look" team, and if everything flows together they have the possibility to win it all. That being said, it's important to be critical and look at their faults. Other than Jered Weaver they don't have any bonafide, game-changing pitching. Players like Vargas and Blanton have a strong history of being durable workhorses, but they also both host career ERA's above four. The offense obviously has the ability to carry with it crushing potency; but it's important for the Angels to remember the age, injury and ego have derailed teams in the past. If everyone can stay healthy, humble and focused the Angels are a sure-shot for the playoffs. That being said, if big heads and old bodies get in the way manager Mike Scioscia will be looking for a job.