#21 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
2016 Run Differential: -10
Best Offseason Move: Signing Luis Valbuena
Worst Offseason Move: Any Deal That Involved Trading a Prospect
Armed with arguably the worst farm system in baseball, and a team that features little else besides Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons’ defense and Albert Pujols’ power numbers, the Angels really should have rebuilt.
However, with Trout in his prime, the team took a stab at building a contender.
Former Detroit Tigers outfielder Cameron Maybin was just one of a number of veterans brought in to help the Halos reach the postseason.
In addition to the former first-round pick, Anaheim signed Ben Revere, Luis Valbuena and Jesse Chavez.
However, the Angels also dipped into the team’s farm system to acquire the likes of Maybin, Danny Espinosa and Brooks Pounders.
Billy Eppler and company probably would have been better off—at least in the long run— in trying to acquire pieces for the future in exchange for the likes of Huston Street, Yunel Escobar, Ricky Nolasco and Cliff Pennington.
As of late however, the organization has filled its farm system with waiver claims like Vincente Campos and Abel De Los Santos and former prospects such as Manny Banuelos, John Lamb, Tony Sanchez and Alex Meyer.
In other words, the Halos could probably use somewhat of a rebuilding effort here in the near future.