The Los Angeles Angels made a splash during the offseason. The size of the splash remains to be seen. Still, the Angels look better heading into 2017.
The Los Angeles Angels are approaching Spring Training with high hopes. The pitchers and catchers are reporting to Tempe Arizona in one week. The first Spring Training game will get underway on the 25th.
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Still, the Angels are somewhat of a mystery this season. Angels general manager Billy Eppler is playing with the roster actively. He also is making it unique in some regards. Among the moves, one of the biggest was the deal involving Danny Espinosa.
The trade for Espinosa came as a surprise for most Angels fans. However, in Washington, many believed Espinosa was on the block. Espinosa was vocal, expressing frustration last season. The Santa Ana native has expressed gratitude about being back in Anaheim.
Espinosa will be a vital part of the Angels success this season. The everyday second baseman is going to provide much-needed defense in his new home. The Angels have a solid player capable of teaming with Andrelton Simmons to protect the infield.
Espinosa will also help on the batting side for the Angels. Last season, Espinosa recorded a .209 batting average. He recorded highs in home runs (24) and RBI’s (72). However, he did have 174 strikeouts in 2016 with the Washington Nationals. Still, his defensive presence will be valued this season.