The one thing that is keeping the Angels from another World Series title more than anything – more than even their sad devotion to Garret Anderson and Gary Matthews Jr. – is their inability to win in the postseason.  The Angels won 100 games last year in the regular season, but flamed out yet again in the first round of the playoffs, getting routed by the Red Sox.

I don’t think the Angels have to worry too much about the regular season.  Their division only has four teams, and the other three – the A’s, Rangers, and Mariners – are all in varying states of disarray ranging from total to utter.

Doitdoitdoit! You know you want to!

I also don’t think the Angels need to resign their impending free agents.  Texiera is good, but 1B is the easiest hole to fill and at the price he is going to command he will not be worth it.  K-Rod will also not be worth the price and the years required, given his visibly declining skills. And I don’t think I even have to get into why its unnecessary to try to resign guys like Jon Garland or Anderson.

No, what the Angels should spend all their money on is the one quantity that you need more than any other in the playoffs, which is pitching acery.  I strongly advise that they take all of the money they save on K-Rod and Texiera, plus add in the money Arte Moreno always manages to dig out of his couch every year to sign some lame veteran, and use it to sign Derek Lowe and CC Sabathia.

Sabathia is the best pitcher on the market, and Lowe is a near-ace who rarely gets injured.  Slot them in front of Joe Saunders, John Lackey, and Jered Weaver and you will have the ass-kickinest rotation anybody ever saw.

No need to sign position players. You can just fill in holes with all those juicy position player prospects you kept blocking for all those years with Gary Matthews.  You know – your Brandon Woodses, Reggie Willitses, and Kendry Morali.

Now that the rest of the AL West sucks so hard, this is a golden opportunity for you.  You don’t even have to be that good to win 95 games in the regular season, so just build your roster for the postseason.

– What They Need Index –

4 Responses to “What they need – Anaheim Angels of Anaheim: Play for the Postseason”

  1. Coley Ward says:

    Ervin Santana won 16 games last year. He had an ERA of 3.49 and struck out 214 batters over 219 innings. And you’re going to, what, move him to the bullpen? Jeez, Nick, what does a guy have to do to earn a spot in the rotation?

    Also, I disagree that the AL West is going to be a gimme for the Angels this season. I think the A’s are one Rafael Furcal away from contending. And I don’t think the Angels are as good as their record indicated last season. Their pythagorean record gave them only 88 wins.

  2. Easy Offseason.

    1. Sign CC
    2. Sign Lowe (Or trade for peavy, if he can be had for cheap enough)
    3. Send Some prospects to Detroit (include Wilits) for Magglio Ordonez.
    4. Sign Dunn

    Win 2009 World Series.. Watch Rinse Repeat

    Added Bonus (If they just sign CC or trade for peavy) Their whole starting rotation is under 30

  3. Paul Moro says:

    Brandon, you forgot step 5.

    “Pray to god that they come upon an extra $300MM due to an ‘accounting error’ that will pay for all of these moves.”

  4. Sarah Green says:

    Yes, “get everyone good who is available” is not really a feasible strategy.

    re: Magglio, WHAT are the Angels going to do with yet another aging, past-his-prime outfielder???

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