AL West MLB MLB Team News — 10 February 2011

The Angels suffered a down year in 2010. As if losing Figgins and Guerrero wasn’t enough, they lost Kendry Morales to injury. Despite losing so much talent, they still managed to win 80 games.

The return of Morales and the fact that they’ll have Dan Haren for a full season will help. Couple that with the addition of Vernon Wells and the Rangers’ loss of Cliff Lee, and the Angels are primed to take back the AL West Title.

Key Additions: Vernon Wells

Key Losses: Jaun Rivera, Mike Napoli


C: Jeff Mathis

1B: Kendry Morales

2B: Howie Kendrick

3B: Maicer Izturis

SS: Erick Aybar

LF: Vernon Wells

CF: Peter Bourjos

RF: Torrii Hunter

DH: Bobby Abreu


1: Jered Weaver

2: Dan Haren

3: Ervin Santana

4: Joel Pineiro

5: Scott Kazmir

CL: Fernando Rodney/Jordan Walden

Critical Players to Success:

Jeff Mathis: Mathis is taking over full time catching duties. If he wants to keep them, he’s going to have to hit better than he did last year.

Jered Weaver: Weaver had an incredible season last year, maintaining a 3.01 ERA with 233 strikeouts. If he can repeat, the Angels have a bonafide ace, and casual fans will stop confusing him with his brother.

Scott Kazmir: Kazmir could be the death of this team. He was once a highly touted prospect with the Rays, but he could never quite figure out how to truly pitch. If he can’t regain at least some semblance of his old self, he will burn a hole in the Angels bullpen, while tacking on losses to their record.

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