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.
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.