The Los Angeles Angels have ridden into two consecutive seasons with larger than life expectations, after incredible postseason additions, only to falter greatly in each run. They’ve not only failed to win the World Series that was expected of them, but failed to make the playoffs entirely.
That left the question of whether or not one or both of general manager Jerry DiPoto and Mike Scioscia would return for the 2014 season. Some coaches were cut loose, but when the dust settled after the 162-game campaign came to an end, both the GM and the manager were still standing.
But it may not last much longer. The Halos will make a couple of moves, probably of some significance, this offseason in hopes of getting a run together for the 2014 season. If they fail to reach the postseason for a third consecutive year, it’s going to cost Scioscia his job, and potentially DiPoto as well.
The excuses have run out for the Angels. Not that they were ever really there to begin with. This is a team with one of the largest payrolls in baseball. They’ve signed the top free agent in each of the last two classes, getting Albert Pujols in the winter of 2011-12, and Josh Hamilton in 2012-13.
They have two of the top pitchers in baseball, in Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson, and added additional pieces via trade last winter, in Jason Vargas and Tommy Hanson. That’s all on top of the fact that they have the best all around player in baseball, in Mike Trout.
Plain and simple, this team is stacked. Do they have room for improvement? Yes, they’re bullpen needs some work, and the back end of this rotation could use some addressing as well. At the end of the day, though, this team is too strong to fail, at least on paper. Failure again in 2014 will result in a major shakeup, that will cost some folks their jobs, whether in the front office, on the coaching staff, or on the field.