For three years in a row, the Angels have finished fourth in the AL West. One playoff appearance in the last 11 seasons has left fans upset, and the baseball’s best player is wasting his prime years.
On Monday, Mike Trout made his desire to get to the postseason abundantly clear.
“We’re trying to make the postseason. If that’s not the mindset, you shouldn’t be there,” Trout said. “It’s definitely weighing on me. I hear it every year. The only way to change that is get to the playoffs.”
Trout gave the Angels front office a gift in 2019, signing a 12-year, $426.5 million extension to stay with the Halos for the better half of his 30s rather than starting a bidding war in free agency. The franchise has done little on the pitching front to reward Trout for his loyalty, signing and trading for nothing but bottom-tier starting and relief pitching in the past three offseasons. These moves have given Trout and Angels fans nothing but a slim chance at postseason berths.
Mike Trout has made it abundantly clear that he wants to get back to the postseason in 2021, these two trades could help the Angels odds.
This offseason, the Angels have once again avoided a big pitching splash, leaving question marks in the bullpen and starting staff as opening day approaches and Trout’s prime continues to near its end.
Still, with over a month left in spring training and flexibility in the payroll and farm system, the Angels can show Trout that they are dedicated to surrounding him with a winning roster. With more teams than ever in sell mode, the now barren free-agent market isn’t the only place the Angels can look to bolster their roster. Here are two moves the Angels need to make to rectify their underwhelming off-season.