5 Players Who Should Not Be with Los Angeles Angels in 2014

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5 Players the Los Angeles Angels Should Get Rid Of

5 Players the Los Angeles Angels Should Get Rid Of
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2013 has been a heinous year for the Los Angeles Angels -- a year in which virtually nothing has gone according to plan. The franchise will have quite a bit of thinking to do this offseason, as Mike Trout cannot single-handedly provide the offense the Halos need next year, and the big-name, free agent busts will have to start justifying their hefty price tags.

In such situations, the manager typically takes more than his fair share of blame. Mike Scioscia is certainly no stranger to that dynamic, as his future is uncertain in light of the Halos' inability to get to .500. It remains to be seen whether or not he will return to the Halos clubhouse next year, though his lone World Series is looking somewhat stale after 11 years.

The Angels can't solve all of their problems through more trades or free agent acquisitions; they've already broken the bank for the past few years on Vernon Wells, Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and Josh Hamilton. They should absolutely be looking for a quality starting pitcher, but a lot of their improvement will have to come from the players already on the roster.

While releasing the following five players may not solve all, or even most of the problems plaguing the lowly Angels, they might be a good start. Outside of the Pujols and Hamilton contracts, the Angels have a lot of room to improve. Sometimes you need to cast off dead weight, and the Halos have plenty of that.

With that, we look at the five Angels who should not be in the starting lineup come Opening Day 2014.

Tony Baker is a Los Angeles Angels writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @tonloc_baker and on

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5. Tommy Field

5. Tommy Field
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He might be insignificant, but there's a glut of fielders on the left side of the Halo infield. Some combination of Andrew Romine, Chris Nelson and a fielder to be named later has this job over Field. Sorry, minor leaguer, but you just won't see very much time.

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4. Collin Cowgill

4. Collin Cowgill
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He may have given it his all, but Cowgill just doesn't stand up to the J.B. Shucks and Peter Bourjos of the world. The Halos could definitely use him as a sweetener in a trade that lands them a quality starting arm.

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3. Tommy Hanson

3. Tommy Hanson
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He had a 5.66 ERA this year. Get him out of there, instantly.

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2. Howie Kendrick

2. Howie Kendrick
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If the Halos get rid of Kendrick, it will only be for a top-notch, quality starting pitcher. Outside of that scenario, they should not give him up. Seriously.

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1. Joe Blanton

1. Joe Blanton
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6.04 ERA. In the immortal words of Kobe Bryant, ship his behind out. Immediately.

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