Los Angeles Angels Not Living Up To The Hype Again
During this offseason, the biggest free agent on the market Josh Hamilton signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Texas Rangers failed to resign him and he decided to sign with their American League West rival the Angels to the tune of 5 yrs/ $125M.
So far Hamilton is batting .207 with only 2 long balls and 9 RBI’s, not quite the stat line the Angeles had anticipated when dishing out the long term contract. The Angels are 11-19, good for 4th place in the AL West.
The likes of Mike Trout ( 2012 AL Rookie of the Year), Mark Trumbo, Albert Pujols, and now Hamilton had many baseball analyses saying that this will be the most dangerous offensive lineup in the majors.
The Angels are not living up to the hype so far again. Last season the Angels signed the two biggest free agents on the market Pujols and C.J. Wilson. Pujols got off to a slow start but started to heat up later during the season and Wilson went 13-10 3.83 ERA. The Angels missed the playoffs for the third straight year, they finished with a record of 89-73 3rd in the AL West.
More money does not mean a better team or season, last year we learned that with the Oakland A’s. They came back and shocked the baseball nation by winning the AL West and they finished with a record of 94-68, the second best record in the majors. In 2013, The A’s payroll ranks 27th in the majors and the Angels payroll ranks 7th in majors. The A’s are 17-14 2nd in the AL West, and most importantly the Rangers are 19-11, 1st in the AL West. Do not believe the hype anymore just wait and see what unfolds.