Los Angeles Angels 2013 Brief

Wanted to make a few notes about the Angels.  Not much of a rival this year:

  • 2013 Record:  78-84
  • Opening Day Salary:  $127,896,250 (7th in Major Leagues.  Texas is 10th, at $112,939,500)
  • Mike Scioscia has a 10 yr, $50 M contract (2009-2018), which is unusually long and high for a manager contract.
  • Josh Hamilton (32 years old):  5 yrs, $125 M ($25 M/yr, 2013-2017).  2013 Stats:  .250 AVG, .307 OBP, .432 SLG, 21 HR, 79 RBI, 158 SO.
  • Albert Pujols (33 years old):  10 yrs, $240 M ($24 M/yr, 2012-2021).  2013 Stats:  99 GP, .258 AGV, 17 HR, 64 RBI
  • C.J. Wilson in his career versus the Rangers is 0-2 with a 7.65 ERA in 5 games, and an OPP BA of .333.
  • Mike Trout is the diamond in the rough.  In his sophomore year, hit .323, OBP of .432, had 110 walks, 27 HR, 97 RBI, and 33 SB.  That’s exceptional.

I expected Pujols to be a force when he signed with the Angels, but he has played bad and he’s been slowed by injuries.  The Angels invested heavily in him, and signed him until he’s 42.  I don’t understand a contract of that length.  Ten years is extremely risky.  Has A-Rod’s been worth it?

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