The LA Angels went into 2018 with hopes of a return to the playoffs. However, for the fourth straight year their season ended in September.
This offseason could be huge for the LA Angels, and here we’ll ranking each position by how badly the team needs improvement this offseason. Each position will be ranked according to how badly improvement is needed, including starters along with depth.
Andrelton Simmons has been an All Star-level player since his arrival in Anaheim. While he hasn’t received the honor yet, he is the best position player not named Mike Trout on the Angels (Ohtani doesn’t count here). We all know about Simmons’ defense (he’s the best in the game), but his offense has consistently improved since calling Anaheim home. With the defensive wizardry and every-changing offensive game (he is looking to add muscle this year as he had several balls caught on the warning track this year), Andrelton Simmons is the LA Angels third star alongside Ohtani and Trout.
The depth as shortstop is solid as well. Zack Cozart will be returning from season-ending shoulder surgery, and youngster David Fletcher can handle shortstop as well. Shortstop is easily the Angels’ strongest position when you take into star power of Simmons and the starting-level production Fletcher and Cozart provide as depth.