Garret Anderson and Juan Rivera are free agents at the end of the 2008 season. Who starts LF in 2009?
Frankie KRod is a free agent at the end of the 2008 season. Considering we have Bulger, O'Day, and Arredondo in the wings, not to mention Shields and Speier, who closes for the Angels in 2009?
Chone Figgins, debatably is a free agent after 2008. (Some say "Not Yet"....the PE stated "Yes".....Cot's says "4.145 years of service as of end of 2007.....He's been pretty regular for 5 seasons beginning in 2003:
Anyway, accepting that Aybar or Izturis wins the SS gig with Wood playing 3B, where (or, what position) does Figgins play in 2009?
Jon Garland is a free agent after the 2008 season. Considering we've got Lackey, Escobar, Santana, Weaver, Saunders, Adenhart, & Nick Green available (and each earning less than $9.5MM), will Garland (earning $12MM this season) be extended for 2009?
Gary Matthews Jr's 5-year contract has a no trade clause through the 2009 season in which he earns $10MM. With the fates of Rivera, Willits, Haynes, Evans, Bourjos, and Petit yet to be determined, will GMJr see 2010 in an Angels uniform?
Rob Quinlan, bless his heart, has been a great team player for the Angels since coming up in 2003. His contract ends after this season. According to Cot's, he has 4.040 years major league service as of the end of 2007. Considering the players-in-waiting (Morales, Izturis, Sandoval, SRod), will he be traded, allowed to leave as a free agent after the season, extended to continue as a role player, or DFA'd?
Kendry Morales has lots of plus-power offensive potential from both sides of the plate. However, there are several others who play positions where he might fit, who have considerably better defensive skills while matching his offensive production. He's only 24 years old. Is he a perpetual off-the-bench player, trade bait, or are we just coddling him until he can become a full time DH?
Reggie Willits, Nathan Haynes. Tell me?
Third Base. We've already offered Adenhart, Mathis, & Kendrick for Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers have two years to sign him to an extention before he's a free agent at age 26. In the event he doesn't fall in our laps as a free agent at that time, and if Figgins or Wood isn't playing 3B for us, WHO......who else might we legitimately target as the "Big Bat" we've craved to play 3B?