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2014 record: 98-64
Manager: Mike Scioscia (11th season) Key newcomers: 2B Josh Rutledge (trade, Rockies), OF Matt Joyce (trade, Rays), LHP Cesar Ramos (trade, Rays), LHP Andrew Heaney (trade, Dodgers) Key losses: 2B Howie Kendrick (trade, Dodgers), RHP Jason Grilli (free agency, Braves), C Hank Conger (trade, Astros), UT Gordon Beckham (free agency, White Sox), RHP Kevin Jepsen (trade, Rays) Full roster
3 things to watch: Is Garrett Richards a fad or a trend?
Right-handed pitcher Garrett Richards went 13-4 in 2014 with a 2.61 ERA and team-best 2.60 fielding independent of pitching. The 26-year-old saw his season end when he tore his patellar tendon in August, and he's at about 75 percent heading into spring training. The injury only adds to the worry Richards might not be able to build upon his career-best season. In any case, Richards set the bar high a year ago, and the Angels would love for him to not only recover but become his best self for a pitching staff that returns Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Matt Shoemaker and adds Andrew Heaney.
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3 things to watch: The aging of Pujols and Hamilton
Josh Hamilton enters the season as a 33-year-old who battled a shoulder injury and played in only 89 games a year ago. His age, and that of 34-year-old Albert Pujols, causes some worry for the Angels, who have seen the two stars begin to decline. Hamilton batted a .263/.331/.414 line and knocked in 44 runs, while Pujols batted .272/.324/.466 in 2014 to go with 28 home runs. Those aren't awful numbers, but the wonder is if the loss of Howie Kendrick and a potential sharper rate of decline for the duo will be too much for the Angels to overcome as they chase an AL West title once again.
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3 things to watch: Replacing Howie Kendrick
With second baseman Howie Kendrick off to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Angels must replace him with a capable infielder. Ideally, Los Angeles would also get the same steady hitting from the replacement to continue putting runners on base for an offense that led MLB in runs scored last season. Grant Green appears to be the favorite to step in at second, but he's not had the most consistent bat. Josh Rutledge, who was acquired in a trade with Colorado, could challenge for the job and be used as a backup infielder.