Anaheim Angel Off Season Possibilities
by Patrick Austin
Austin is a freelance writer who covers sports for a number
of web sites including RealGM.com, Hoopsworld.com, and Fanstop.com.
He currently also covers entertainment and sports for Vainquer
This should be a very exciting winter for Anaheim Angel fans.
Its been reported that Anaheim Angel general manager, Bill
Stoneman, will have about forty million dollars to spend on free
agents and trades. That kind of financial flexibility will put
the Angels in the running for a number of top notch free agent
talent and gives them the room to absorb a large contract from
a team looking to cut salary. Another important factor to consider
is the fact that Anaheim will be a prime destination for free
agents. The team is successful, they have management thats
willing to spend to win, and the city has a loyal fan base and
a great atmosphere.
The biggest name on the trade market this off season is Randy
Johnson. Many teams would love to land the Big Unit, including
this Anaheim Angel team. They have the young prospects to entice
the Diamondbacks, plus the room to absorb Randys eight-figure
salary. At the end of the day, it wouldnt shock me to see
Johnson in an Angel uniform.
A trade rumor thats recently been discussed is Mike Piazza
heading back to the Los Angeles area as an Anaheim Angel. Apparently,
the Mets are concerned about Piazzas knees, and whether
or not he can still produce at the catcher position. They would
like to move his enormous salary so to improve their pitching
staff. The Angels are considering this deal since they could use
some additional power and Piazza is beloved in the LA area (his
presence could bolster attendance further). Personally, I think
the Angels should look to improve in other areas, like pitching
and outfield, before they consider taking on Piazzas contract.
The biggest free agent on the market is Carlos Beltran. Again,
this Anaheim Angel team will be in the running for the all-star.
They would love to move Garrett Anderson back to left field, and
adding Beltran would allow them to do so with ease. An outfield
of Anderson, Beltran, and Guerrero would be one of the best in
baseball (if not the best).
Another big free agent possibility for this Anaheim Angel franchise
is Nomar Garciaparra. They are looking for an upgrade at the shortstop
position, and Nomar would definitely provide that. He had a solid
year with the Cubs, though he didnt lead them to the postseason
like many were hoping for. I think Nomar would look good in an
Anaheim Angel uniform. That is, if his contract demands arent
The Anaheim Angel movement has already begun when the team traded
outfielder, Jose Guillen, to the Washington National for outfielder,
Juan Rivera, and shortstop, Maicer Izturis. This trade gives the
Angels two players at positions of need.
Hopefully, if Anaheim Angel management can make some smart signings
and trades, we will look back at the 2004/2005 off season as a
defining moment in Anaheim Angel history.
If youd like to find out more information about the Anaheim
Angel franchise, check out these links
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