Watching the Angels this season, I keep thinking, "Why does Mike Scioscia need this?"
This is his 14th season in Anaheim. His best teams had an aggressive, distinctive style. This one revolves largely around two free-agent sluggers whose worst years are ahead of them, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton.
The Angels no longer run. They no longer play crisp defense. They've got the worst farm system in the majors, according to Baseball America. And they're locked into Hamilton at $25 million per season through 2017 and Pujols at $24 million per season through '21.
I'm not ruling out that the Angels could rebound from their 11-19 start once their injured players get healthy. But even if that happens, what is the end game?
Other injuries are bound to occur. The team is boxed in on the trade market by its lack of young talent and owner Arte Moreno's desire to stay under the luxury-tax threshold. And in the best-case scenario, can anyone seriously envision the Angels' rotation carrying th...