MLB 2013 Preview: Anaheim Angels

The Angels have a weaker rotation than in 2012. Photo: Albert Pujols at bat AP/Chris Carlson

LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2013 — I don’t think there was a more disappointing finish in MLB than that of the Anaheim Angels of Anaheim. They obviously felt the same and made some major changes after missing the playoffs with an 89-73 record.

Anaheim dumped even more money into their offense with the Josh Hamilton signing, which will make them a lot better and make the Texas Rangers worse. The Albert Pujols-Josh Hamilton-Mark Trumbo 3-4-5 combo should be one of the most potent, if not the most potent, in all of baseball.

The Angels also lobotomized the back end of their rotation, so it is now a weaker rotation than it was in 2012. The offense, however, should be enough to keep them ahead of the very competitive American League West pack.

Projected payroll: $144,149,250

Notable Players Out: RF Torii Hunter, DH Kendrys Morales, RHP Zack Greinke, RHP Dan Haren, RHP Ervin Santana, RHP Jordan Walden

Notable Players In: RF Josh Hamilton, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Tommy Hanson, RHP Joe Blanton, RHP Ryan Madson

Prospect Watch: 3B Caleb Cowart and LHP Nick Maronde

Highlight Hitter: 1B Albert Pujols (ZiPS 2013 Projections: .285/.362/.516 37HR/88 R/94 RBI)

Highlight Pitcher: RHP Jered Weaver (ZiPS 2013 Projections: 16-9, 3.01 ERA, 7.8 K/9, 203 IP)

Projected Lineup: C Chris Ianetta, 1B Albert Pujols, 2B Howie Kendrick, 3B Alberto Callaspo, SS Erick Aybar, LF Mike Trout, CF Peter Bourjos, RF Josh Hamilton, DH Mark Trumbo

Projected Rotation: RHP Jered Weaver, LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Tommy Hanson, LHP Jason Vargas, RHP Joe Blanton

Projected Closer: RHP Ernesto Frieri

Manager: Mike Scioscia

Projected 2013 Finish in AL West: 1. Anaheim Angels  2. Oakland Athletics  3. Texas Rangers  4. Seattle Mariners  5. Houston Astros

Kevin J. Wells writes about Major League Baseball and punk rock music.  Follow him on Twitter @WellsOnBaseball

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Kevin J Wells

Kevin J. Wells was born and raised in the Los Angeles area in a town called Montrose.  He currently plays guitar for and is a founding member of the Los Angeles punk rock band Emmer Effer.  He has worked in a number of different career fields including Behavioral Therapy, Commodities, Insurance, and most recently a food cart in Portland, OR. Kevin has been both a sports and entertainment columnist and editor for The Washington Times Communities since January 2013.

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