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Opening Day Roster 2014


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I posted this to see what you guys think the Opening Day roster for the 2014 Angels should be. This would include trades and free agent signings.

My roster would be

CF Bourjos

LF Trout

RF Calhoun

1B Pujols

DH Hamilton

2B Kendrick

SS Aybar

C Conger

3B Green

 

SP Weaver

SP Wilson

SP Garza

SP Vargas

SP Richards

 

RP Williams

RP Frieri

RP Jepsen

RP Burnett

RP De La Rosa

RP Maronde

RP Nathan

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Trade Aybar and Frieri to Cards for Carlos Martinez and Ryan Jackson

Re-sign Vargas

release Blanton

non-tender Hanson

sign Mike Gonzalez and Jesse Crain

do something with Shuck (trade or DFA)

1. Bourjos CF

2. Kendrick 2b

3. Trout LF

4. Pujols DH

5. Hamilton RF

6. Trumbo 1b

7. Conger C

8. Green 3b

9. Jackson SS

Bench:

Iannetta, Calhoun, Jimenez, Field

1. Weaver

2. Wilson

3. Vargas

4. Martinez

5. Richards

Crain

Burnett

Kohn

Jepsen

Gonzalez

De La Rosa

Williams

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CF Bourjos

RF Calhoun

LF Trout

1B Pujols

DH Hamilton

2B Kendrick

SS Aybar

C   Conger

3B Green

 

 

SP Weaver

SP Wilson

SP Richards

SP Vargas

SP Acquisition for Trumbo 

 

 

RP Williams

RP Maronde

RP Coello or Morin

RP DDLR

RP Burnett

RP Frieri

RP Nathan

 

Bench

OF  Shuck

 IF   Jimenez

 IF   Veteran acquisition

 C   Veteran mentor for Conger (trading Iannetta)  

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This was my roster

SP Jered Weaver

SP David Price

SP C.J. Wilson

SP Jason Vargas

SP Garrett Richards 

 

RF Kole Calhoun

LF Josh Hamilton

CF Mike Trout

1B Albert Pujols

C Hank Conger

2B Grant Green

DH Jb shuck (Can't really think of anything else)

SS Erick Aybar

3b Luis Jimenez 

 

Cp Joe Nathan

Rp Ernesto Frieri

Rp Jesse Crain

Rp sean Burnett

Rp Jerome Williams

Rp Robert Coello

 

(You Would Have a Package of Trumbo, Kendrick, bourjos to get price). 

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I posted this to see what you guys think the Opening Day roster for the 2014 Angels should be. This would include trades and free agent signings.

1 C Hank Conger S 2 C Chris Iannetta RHH 3 1B Albert Pujols RHH 4 2B Grant Green RHH 5 SS Erick Aybar S 6 3B Luis Jimenez RHH 7 LF Mike Trout RHH 8 CF Peter Bourjos RHH 9 RF Josh Hamilton LHH 10 DH Mark Trumbo or Kole Calhoun RHH or LHH 11 SP Jered Weaver RHP 12 SP C.J. Wilson LHP 13 SP Young, high-end arm (Through trade) ? 14 SP Jason Vargas or another Trade LHP or ? 15 SP Garrett Richards RHP 16 RP Ernesto Frieri RHP 17 RP Dane De La Rosa RHP 18 RP Sean Burnett LHP 19 RP Robert Coello RHP 20 RP Michael Roth LHP 21 RP Jerome Williams RHP 22 RP Kevin Jepsen RHP 23 RP Michael Kohn or through trade RHP 24 OF J.B. Shuck or Kole Calhoun LHH 25 INF Tommy Field or Chris Nelson S or RHH

This off season will really mold the look of the club, in 2014, at 2B and DH.

If either Howie Kendrick or Mark Trumbo (or both!) are traded for pitching you'll see Grant Green and/or Kole Calhoun given a real opportunity to play. Additionally if Jason Vargas is re-signed that may impact whether Kendrick or Trumbo are actually traded. Kendrick is a solid 2nd baseman but we have two options now in Green and Lindsey. Also power like Trumbo's doesn't grow on trees but at the same time we may have seen the pinnacle of his ability and a more dynamic skill set, like Kole has, would probably benefit the club more than Mark's 30 HR's (up for debate but it seems true).

A Kendrick trade should bring back a young, high upside rotation-ready starting pitcher. He would almost certainly be replaced by Grant Green and/or Taylor Lindsey.

If Trumbo were traded he, too, would bring back a young, high upside rotation-ready starting pitcher. At that point I feel confident that Kole Calhoun would get his roster spot as a semi-regular 1B/OF/DH.

If Calhoun and Green are starters then you would probably see Shuck in the reserve OF role and probably Tommy Field or Chris Nelson in the reserve INF role.

Assuming those trades actually happen you'd have a sample lineup like so:

Peter Bourjos
Kole Calhoun
Mike Trout
Albert Pujols
Josh Hamilton
Grant Green
Hank Conger
Luis Jimenez
Erick Aybar

The rotation would be: Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, High-upside young SP (trade for Kendrick), Jason Vargas or another young SP (trade for Trumbo), and Garrett Richards.

The bullpen would look similar to this season except Burnett would be back plus a possible RP picked up in either the Kendrick or Trumbo trade. It is also possible we sign a free agent or two and keep one or more of our younger arms with options down in the Minors as depth (very possible). There are some interesting relief arms available in free agency and that would probably be an area that we could afford to spend money on.

Bottom line is that our starting pitching will only improve significantly through trades this off season. The free agent market is very weak on good ace-like starters (lots of #3-#5 types though). We don't have much cash to spend on the market and so I think one or more of Kendrick, Trumbo, and Aybar will be moved in trade between now and the start of the 2014 season.
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My roster would be

CF Bourjos

LF Trout

RF Calhoun

1B Pujols

DH Hamilton

2B Kendrick

SS Aybar

C Conger

3B Green

SP Weaver

SP Wilson

SP Garza

SP Vargas

SP Richards

RP Williams

RP Frieri

RP Jepsen

RP Burnett

RP De La Rosa

RP Maronde

RP Nathan

Wow so you added one sp And a bullpen arm? This team is terrible. That team would finish 4th in the west again
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I really don't get the love affair with Grant Green. This guy couldn't crack the starting line up on a small market team.

Callaspo >>>> Green

 

Mike Trout is one of the best players in baseball 

 

Good players are drafted ahead of poor players*. 

 

We now have not one but TWO players in our system who were drafted in 2009 ahead of Mike Trout.

 

  B) 

 

 

 

* For example in the 1999 MLB draft, Josh Hamilton was drafted first. Alfredo Amezaga was drafted 401st. Over the course of his career Josh Hamilton was a better player than Alfredo Amezaga

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