Angels 2017 season in review and roster outlook for 2018

first_img Mike Scioscia OK returning to Angels for final year of his deal, with no extension now 2017 record: 80-82, 2nd place in AL WestWhat went wrong: The Angels were 11th in the league in runs, mostly because they were 11th in on-base percentage. The production at most positions was well below what they’d hoped. Although they improved in September with the additions of LF Justin Upton and 2B Brandon Phillips at two of their biggest holes, too many other players — CF Mike Trout, most notably — slumped in the final month and it was too late. The pitching staff also suffered another year of debilitating injuries, with RHP Garrett Richards, LHP Tyler Skaggs, RHP Matt Shoemaker, RHP Alex Meyer and RHP JC Ramirez also suffering serious injuries during the season.What went right: A bullpen of unknowns came together and helped the Angels to solid production, specifically with out-of-nowhere performances from non-roster invitees RHP Yusmeiro Petit, RHP Bud Norris and RHP Blake Parker. RHP Parker Bridwell also emerged as a starter who could be a part of the long-term plan. SS Andrelton Simmons had his best offensive year and provided his normally stellar defense. Trout, despite missing a quarter of the season, posted a standard brilliant season, overall.2018 ROSTER OUTLOOK:SIGNED: CF Mike Trout ($34M), DH Albert Pujols ($27M), SS Andrelton Simmons ($11M), RF Kole Calhoun ($8.5M), IF Luis Valbuena ($8M). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Billy Eppler vows to improve Angels’ OBP in 2018 OPTIONS: RHP Ricky Nolasco ($13 million or $1 million buyout), Huston Street ($10 million or $1 million buyout).OPT-OUT: LF Justin Upton (4 years, $88.5 million remaining).ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE: RHP Garrett Richards (4th year, $6.85M in 2017), C Martin Maldonado (4th, $1.725M), RHP Matt Shoemaker (2nd, $3.325M), RHP Blake Wood (2nd, $1.28M), LHP Jose Alvarez (1st), RHP Cam Bedrosian (1st), 1B C.J. Cron (1st), LHP Andrew Heaney (1st), RHP Blake Parker (1st), RHP JC Ramirez (1st), LHP Tyler Skaggs (1st).FREE AGENTS: RHP Andrew Bailey, RHP Jesse Chavez, 3B Yunel Escobar, RHP Bud Norris, IF Cliff Pennington, RHP Yusmeiro Petit, 2B Brandon Phillips, OF Ben Revere.Related Articles Mike Trout says he’s happy with Angels’ direction, but questions will return this winter Angels’ Albert Pujols focused on a healthy winter and a bounceback in ’18 last_img

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