The Los Angeles Angels had another construction a year ago, winning 72 games and finishing in fourth place in the American League West. This string of seasons of underachievement finally led to major changes this offseason.
First and foremost, the Angels hired former Rays and Cubs manager Joe Maddon to lead them out of the abyss. Maddon began his coaching career in the Angels organization and led the Cubs to the World Series in 2016 as their manager. Maddon will be advised by Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, who was also added this offseason as a senior advisor. Their first move of the offseason was to trade four right-handed pitchers- Kyle Bradish, Isaac Mattson, Kyle Brnovich and Zach Peek, to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy, who has been a decent pitcher to this point in his career but still has not lived up to the expectations that were placed on him. Next, the Angels made one of the biggest free agent moves of the offseason when they added third baseman Anthony Rendon for seven years and 245 million dollars. Next, they added right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran on a one-year contract. Next, they traded catcher Jose Estrada to the Miami Marlins for right-handed pitcher Kyle Keller. Next, they added catchers Jason Castro and Max Stassi plus right-handed pitcher Cam Bedrosian on one-year contracts. Their next objective was to settle arbitration with several players including right-handed pitchers Kenynan Middleton and Hansel Robles.