Top Free Agent Targets For The Angels

Updated: October 6, 2016

Going into the 2016 offseason the Angels have some needs they’re going to have to address. With the contracts of CJ Wilson and Jered Weaver coming off the books this year they have little money to spend in free agency.

First off, with the designation of Giavotella and the under performing Cliff Pennington, who is going to be at second base? The top 2017 second base free agent is for sure Neil Walker which is puts the Angels in a decent position to make a run at him.

Walker is a freshly turned 31-year-old switch hitter who is coming off a very impressive 2016 campaign where he had 116 hits, 55 RBI, 23 home runs all while batting a very nice .282 average. Theres only one flaw though, he opted to undergo season ending back surgery in the beginning of September so that might hamper with his performance.

I would put Sean Rodriguez second on the list ahead of Chase Utley due to him turning 38. Rodriguez has played 138 games this year with Pittsburgh and has 18 home runs and 55 RBI while batting .272 on a very cost friendly 2.5 million dollar contract so that also would play in the Angels’ favor.

Moving onto the need in Left Field. The list of top free agent left fielders include: Matt Holiday, Angel Pagan, Ian Desmond, Michael Saunders. Holiday is turning 37 and Pagan is turning 36 so that might be a turn off for that halos but they have both shown they still have what it takes to stay in the Bigs.

The Texas Rangers already announced they want to extend Desmond so that might not be able to happen. Moving onto Michael Saunders, he’s going to be turning 30 in November but non the less the left-handed hitting left fielder has a lot of potential, the Angels almost acquired him early in the season but failed to due to some player complications.

I think the Angels could and should make a run at Saunders because he’s one of the younger left fielders on the market and he is a left-handed hitter which the Angels need in the lineup. He had a monster first half of the season with the Blue Jays which saw his average go above the .300 mark but has since cooled down and stayed in to .250 mark.

His 2016 contract was under 3 million and with him declining a bit in the second half it could make him be a very cost-effective piece that the halos are looking for.

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