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5 Players the Los Angeles Angels Could Sever Ties With Before 2014 Season

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5 Players the Los Angeles Angels Could Sever Ties With Before 2014 Season

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We all read the experts opinions on the 2013 Los Angeles Angels. With Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and newly signed Josh Hamilton they were to be the best or one of the best offenses in Major League Baseball history. Well they weren’t. In fact they weren’t close to the best offense in this past season of baseball much less all of baseball’s rich history. They weren’t horrible but based on the standard set by their payroll and the names on their shirts, they were horrid.

So what needs to happen going forward? For one thing they can stop worrying so much about their offense and do something about the pitching staff. More on something they can do there within the slideshow though. In general they got good production from a few people and not near what they expected from the big boys. When so much depends on the big bats having ridiculous seasons over and over again, disappointments are easy to occur.

One name I can guarantee is not on this list is Trout. He would be the greatest trade chip in history at this point but I think the Angels would get thrown out of the game if they wanted to trade him. No worries there. There are rumors that Mark Trumbo is going to be shopped around but he was one of the more consistent offensive guys all season so I don’t know why they would want to cut ties with him. He won’t be on my list. Who would be on yours? Leave a comment below if you want.

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5 – Chris Nelson

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Some decisions are easy. Nelson was picked up by the Angels in May off of the waiver wire and he did almost nothing all season because of a myriad of different reasons. They don’t need him and shouldn’t shy away from cutting him free and clear.

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4 – Juan Gutierrez

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Gutierrez came in with a 5.19 ERA by the end of the season. For a team that needs to fix pitching problems there is really no reason to keep a guy that struggles like this. Maybe he can land somewhere else and take off the way Jordan Walden did but he shouldn’t stick with the Angels.

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3 – Tommy Hanson

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Speaking of Walden, he was a guy that had struggles but why they traded him for Tommy Hanson is beyond me. Hanson was a great talent and he had great stuff for the Atlanta Braves. Whatever happened to that arm just has never been fixed and Hanson looks to be nearly done. He probably deserves another chance or two but the Angels cannot afford for it to be on their watch.

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2 – Peter Bourjos

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Bourjos is doing fine in the talent department but I don’t see the need for him to play center when Trout works just fine there. Besides that, Bourjos doesn’t get full playing time and with his ability would be a potentially attractive trade chip for quite a few teams. We all know that the Angels could use some thickening in the farm system.

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1 – Howie Kendrick

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I have been on record saying that I think the Angels would be crazy to trade Kendrick. He is good and getting better as he gets older and approaches his prime. But they seem determined to trade either Kendrick or Trumbo, if not both. If that is so then it should be Kendrick and they need to hang on to Trumbo. Surely they wouldn’t trade both. If one has to go it should be Howie.