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5 Players The Los Angeles Angels Could Do Without In 2014

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Los Angeles Angels: 5 Players They Could Do Without in 2014

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Last season's struggles seem to be a thing of the past for the Los Angeles Angels as they continue to make a run at their first AL West crown and postseason berth since 2009, but there are several players on the team who have not truly helped the them out in the process. With that said, here are five players that the Halos could without in the 2014 season.

5. Matt Shoemaker, SP/RP

Matt Shoemaker
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5. Matt Shoemaker, SP/RP

Matt Shoemaker
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Although Shoemaker has been a good fill-in back end of the rotation pitcher, he is just that and nothing more. When Hector Santiago was demoted last month he has been able to step in and provide the Angels with some sort of stability as he has won three out of his five starts this season. But as far as a long-term solution at the back end of the rotation, he does not fit that bill for the Halos.

4. John McDonald, IF

John McDonald
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4. John McDonald, IF

John McDonald
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McDonald has been a solid backup infielder and has played well defensively as a fill-in starter for Howie Kendrick, David Freese and Erick Aybar. But his offensive production as has not been there all season. In 29 games played he is batting .242 with no home runs and three RBIs. Although the 39-year-old has brought another veteran voice to the locker room, his on-field production is something that can be replaced.

3. Chris Iannetta, C

Chris Iannetta
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3. Chris Iannetta, C

Chris Iannetta
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Iannetta has been a mainstay as the Angels' starting catcher, but his spotty production in the lineup makes him replaceable. This along with the fact that his backup in Hank Conger has provided nearly the same level of production in the less games played does not help his case either. He may have the upper hand in defensively ability, but outside of that Conger is the better option and more valuable to the team.

2. David Freese

David Freese
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2. David Freese, 3B

David Freese
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When the Angels made the trade to acquire the former World Series MVP last November it was seen as a massive upgrade at third base for the team, but it has been nowhere near that this season. Freese has struggled mightily in 2014 as he has a triple slash line of .218/.307/. 282 with just two home runs and 15 RBIs in 44 games played. All in all, the five-year veteran has been a vast disappointment in a Halos uniform.

1. Raul Ibanez, DH/OF

Raul Ibanez
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1. Raul Ibanez DH/OF

Raul Ibanez
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This past offseason, Ibanez signed with the Halos on a one-year, $ 2.75 million contract and has not produced to the level that was hoped for this season. He has been without a doubt the Angels' most disappointing player as he is batting .149 on the season which includes just three multi-hit games all season long. This has made him the No.1 player Los Angeles could do without and even more so now with the emerge of prospect C.J. Cron in his spot.