Last offseason the Los Angeles Angels made noise by signing Josh Hamilton and throwing money at a few other players as well. Whatever the problem was, they were willing and able to hit it with a sack of cash and watch it go away. That could be oversimplifying things but the point is there seemed to be more spending and less managing of funds going on in the 2013 offseason. For the 2014 MLB offseason it appears the Angels are prepared to do a much better job.
They have several choices in front of them like most teams around the league do. One of them is whether or not they should sign free agent starting pitcher Jason Vargas to a new contract. Vargas is a good starter but he isn’t dominant enough for them to get into a bidding war on. So, the Angels are apparently taking a stance where Vargas will need to be willing to accept less to stay. What a refreshing change of pace that is? I love it.
Add to that the way they are willing to trade a big name to fill holes on the roster. Not that trading Mark Trumbo is a popular choice with anyone, but there could be little doubt that he would fetch a nice return package considering where he is in his career. The Angels could fill more than one hole with that one trade if they get it done correctly. Everything Jerry Dipoto did last offseason turned to mush. Perhaps the way things are starting this time around is a good sign for the season in 2014.