The Los Angeles Angels are a bad team. They had a record of 77-85 in 2021 but take away Shohei Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, and Mike Trout and, believe it or not, the Angels in 2021 were unequivocally worse than the Colorado Rockies.
Entering the lockout, the Angels did make some moves to better themselves like sign reliever Aaron Loup and sign starters Noah Syndergaard and Michael Lorenzen. That still doesn’t negate the fact that they have an awful team.
Rockies fans, if you think the Rockies don’t have depth, check out the Angels depth chart. The Angels are worse.
To contend in 2022, though, the Angels do have an easier path. First of all, they have shown that they are willing to spend money. They haven’t spent it well in recent years but they have spent money. Secondly, they are in a weaker division than the Colorado Rockies. The Houston Astros are the kings of the American League West but the rest of the division is wide open.
The Seattle Mariners were a contending team in 2021 but if their win-loss differential is any indication, they will regress in 2021.
The Texas Rangers spent half of a billion dollars on Corey Seager and Marcus Semien but outside of Jon Gray, they have a pitching staff that most Triple-A teams wouldn’t be happy with.
The Oakland A’s let Bob Melvin go to San Diego for literally nothing. They always exceed expectations but when expectations are nothing for 2022, that’s not a high bar.
So the Angels, if they make a few moves, could get a Wild Card spot, especially if playoff spots are added for 2022.
However, there are three players on the Los Angeles Angels’ 40-man roster that, realistically, could be part of a trade to the Colorado Rockies.