The day after a disappointing season ended, Angels general manager Tony Reagins said the team would spend the offseason shoring up deficiencies that led to missing the playoffs for a second straight year.
“We have to make moves, we can’t stand pat,” Reagins said Thursday afternoon on the Max & Marcellus Show on ESPN 710. “We have to improve in a number of areas and I think there are opportunities out there to improve. We’re going to be aggressive in pursuing those.”
Reagins singled out the bullpen and offense as targets for that improvement, adding the return of Kendrys Morales to the lineup next season would be a boost.
The Angels had a difficult offseason a year ago, when the Boston Red Sox outbid them for Carl Crawford. The Angels made a trade -- getting Vernon Wells for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera -- that was universally panned. Wells finished the season with the worst on-base percentage in baseball and Napoli (.320, 30 home runs) had a career year. Reagins talked about Wells trade Tuesday.
“We were hopeful that Vernon produced more than he did this year,” Reagins said. “That’s really the bottom line. I think if Vernon puts up the type of number that he’s capable of putting up and what he’s shown that he can do, I think the conversation’s a little bit different.”
Later Thursday, Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who was a guest on the Mason and Ireland Show, said the offense was the team’s single biggest need.
“We need a deeper lineup,” he said, “and I know we spent hours internally talking about this. … Tony has his finger on the pulse and hopefully we’re gonna see some improvement that’s needed.”
Where will that improvement come from?
“I think some of these solutions are going to come from in-house as far as players playing at a higher level,” Scioscia said. “But there is a need to explore bringing some guys from outside, whether it’s a trade or whether it’s free agency, to just give us a deeper look on the major league level.”
Information from ESPNLA Angels reporter Mark Saxon was used in this report.