Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 10/29/14

Much to the same tune as their cross-freeway rivals the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Angels have now failed to make the playoffs for the third consecutive season despite huge signings, trades and money thrown into the team. In spite of spending over $315 million in signing both Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson to long-term deals and trading for Zack Greinke midway through the season, the Halos could not emerge from the shadows of the Texas Rangers or hold off the surging Oakland A’s in 2012. While it is not necessarily panic time in Anaheim, it is certainly do-or-die time for manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels’ manager has been on the hot seat for over a year now, and if he can’t win in 2013 it will most likely be his last season with the Angels. “I have told him. He wants to come back, I want him to come back,” said owner Arte Moreno. “He’s been the manager of the Angels for 13 years. He will be the manager of the Angels for a 14th year. Period.” http://losangeles.angels.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120922&content_id=38854680&c_id=ana Moreno still has confidence in Scioscia and is committed to winning with him as the team’s manager. Therefore, significant moves will surely be made this offseason to help Scioscia and the Angels get back to the playoffs this season. Here are the moves I think the Angels should make if they hope to contend for a spot in the postseason in 2013: Resign Zack Greinke via onesecondleft.com Without any doubt, Zack Greinke will easily be the most highly courted pitcher of the MLB offseason. After joining the Angels at the trade deadline last season, the 2009 Cy-Young Award winner posted a 6-2 record with a 3.53 ERA. The 29-year old free agent out of Orlando, Flor. has all the makings of a No. 1 starter in almost any rotation. Over the past four years, Greinke has eclipsed 200 strikeouts three times, while earning a 57-33 record in that time. With Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson both inked through at least 2016, the Halos have a chance to cement one of the top rotations in baseball by signing Greinke. Expect them to make a compelling offer within the next few weeks. Resign Torii Hunter Photo Credit: AP Photo/Jae C. Hong The Angels were able to stay in the playoff hunt thanks to the everyday leadership and game play of outfielder Torii Hunter. The four-time All-Star is coming off one of the best seasons of his career and was the most stable bat in the Angels’ lineup for a good portion of the year. At 37-years old, Hunter‘s triple slash numbers were .313/.365/.451 with 16 home runs and 81 runs scored. Hunter also provides a leadership in the locker room that is unparalleled. His experience and advice to the younger players such as Mike Trout will be instrumental to their careers with the Halos. Acquire Relief Pitching Photo Credit: BeGreen90 flickr This slide will be of no surprise to anyone who followed the Angels in 2012, but for those of you who don’t know, here are the horrific facts about the Angels’ bullpen this past season. The Angels tied the abysmal Boston Red Sox for most blown saves in the American league over the course of the season. In 60 save opportunities, the Halos bullpen squandered 22 saves. To put this in perspective, if the Angels were to match their AL counterparts, the Oakland A’s, with just 17 blown saves last season, the Halos would have tied the A’s for the AL West crown. Simply put, five fewer blown saves and the Angels would have been in the postseason. This year, GM Jerry Dipoto needs to place an emphasis on grabbing guys who will be able to hold leads for the Halos late in games. Some interesting free agent relief pitchers who will be on the market this offseason will be Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde, Texas relief pitcher Mike Adams and World Series champion Jeremy Affeldt of the San Francisco Giants. The combination of an improved bullpen with great starting pitching will be the recipe for success for the Angels next season. -Passovoy Article also on Bleacher Report (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1391007-three-immediate-moves-the-los-angeles-angels-should-make-this-offseason)

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Dekker changes his Twitter to painful memory

Five best quarterback situations in the NFL

MLB players want to trade lives with Tom Brady

WATCH: Ohio State dog urinates on Michigan fire hydrant

Gregg Marshall is staying at Wichita State

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Bengals troll Browns with April Fools’ Day joke

Malcolm Jenkins on McCoy trade: Could've gotten more

Does Romo restructure pave the way for Peterson?

Todd Gurley: 2015 NFL Draft Profile

Colts' Robert Mathis hopes to be back by training camp

LeBron thought Kyrie was a ballhog when season started

Gus Malzahn not happy about Michigan satellite camp

WATCH: Kaman pushes CP3 after shot to groin

Kelly Olynyk helps Celtics to win despite eye injury

Report: Boston mayor furious over Olympics rumors

Ravens commit tampering violation, show it on Twitter

Lightning won’t sell playoff tickets to non-Florida residents

Brad Stevens dismisses Texas rumor

Albert, Costas and Michaels to work together for the first time

A’s closer buying tickets to fill stands at LGBT Pride Night

13 U.S. senators call on FIFA to strip Russia of 2018 World Cup

The San Antonio Spurs are beautiful again

Auriemma blasts men’s college basketball: ‘The game is a joke’

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five best QB situations in the NFL

Dark horse Cy Young candidates

Final Four fact or fiction

Why WrestleMania 31 was an all-time great

Five worst QB situations in NFL

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.