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Dozier & Grandal would be an upgrade for LA Angels 2nd & Catcher


The LA Angels have a few holes in their line-up to fill in the off-season. While they could try to fill the positions from within they could also go the route of free agency to fill the voids.

The LA Angels had three spots that were all sub-par last season second base, third base, and catcher.  While Martin Maldonado did a great job defensively he was a liability on offense.  A few potential names that the Angels need to consider for second base and catcher are Brian Dozier and Yasmani Grandal.  Yes they are both Dodger players, but they both could make a big difference offensively.

Brian Dozier is pretty good defensively and he also can hit for power.  His batting average leaves a little bit to be desired.  Dozier hit .215 with 21 homers with 72 RBIs.  Two years ago he hit 42 home runs.  That may have been an anomaly for Dozier but he  stills has some pop in his bat much more than anyone else in the organization.

He is also relatively young at age being that Dozier is only 30.  He could be strong person to put in the 6th or 7th spot for the Angels.  David Fletcher is a much cheaper answer, but he does not have the run-producing possibility that a guy like Dozier has.

 

As for Yasmani Grandal he has been a very productive hitter since he burst on the scene in LA in 2015.  While his batting average leaves some room for improvement with Grandal being a career .240 hitter.  However he has averaged 22 homers and 60 RBIs per season for the Dodgers.  One thing that is pretty solid is that Grandal has a .341 OBP which considering his batting average is very good.

Both of these players come with playoff experience and also a huge price tag as both players could project to earn between 15 and 20 million per season on the open market.  So the Angels could probably sign one of the to fill a hole in their line-up but not both.

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If I had a choice it would probably be Grandal as I think the other in-house options at catcher are better served as back-ups rather than starters.  Let’s see how it plays out.

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