Angels’ Pitching Needs Major Overhaul

Just a few weeks ago, the LA Angels starting rotation looked like this:

Jared Weaver
Zack Greinke
Danny Haren
CJ Wilson
Ervin Santana

Today, this is what it looks like:

Jared Weaver
CJ Wilson
Garrett Richards
Jerome Williams
Nick Maronde

Following the trade of Ervin Santana, the team refused to exercise its 2013 option on Danny Haren, and he and Zack Greinke became a free agents.

Not to say that the Angels will go into the 2013 season with this group. The money saved in
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not paying Santana, Greinke and Haren will likely be used to land reasonable replacements, at least reasonable in the mind of GM Jerry DiPoto, as the list of free agent starting pitchers is not that great, with Greinke himself, Kyle Lohse, Hiroki Kuroda, Ryan Dempster, Joe Saunders, and Anibal Sanchez heading the list.

The Angels made baseball’s biggest off-season headlines a year ago with the free agent signings of Albert Pujols and CJ Wilson, and that was followed by a horribly disappointing season. They would need a similar splash this off season just to get back to a roster as “solid” as last year’s was on paper, let alone an improved one.

The Angels face a daunting task in patching up a team that now has to contend with the young and talented A’s that have now tasted the blood of victory, and the Rangers, who will be motivated to erase the stink of their 2012 late-season collapse.

As the musical chairs begin to dance, DiPorto has his work cut out for him.

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