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Looking Ahead 2011 & Beyond

As the playoffs are currently going on and us Angel fans sit at home and are forced to watch the Rangers actually win something, I thought to myself a few offseason scenario's that the Angels might pursue.....

Scenario 1.) This first offseason scenario would be that the Angels resign Hideki Matsui and the team is stuck with another season of Bobby out in left, Fernando Rodney is closer regardless of what happens in spring training and Conger is put back in AAA in favor for Jeff Mathis and Mike Napoli. The opening day line up would look essentially like last years.

Starting Lineup 

Peter Bourjos CF

Bobby Abreu LF

Kendry Morales 1B

Torii Hunter RF

Hideki Mastui DH

Howie Kendrick 2B

Alberto Callasapo 3B

Jeff Mathis C

Erik Aybar SS 

Starting Pitchers: Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Joel Pinerio, Scott Kazmir

Bullpen: Fernando Rodney (CL), Jordan Walden, Kevin Jepsen, Jason, Bulger, Michael Kohn, Rich Thompson

Bench: Mike Napoli, Bobby Wilson, Reggie Willits, Maicer Izturis, Brandon Wood

Trades: Juan Rivera traded to the Atlanta Braves for cash or fringe prospect

Sign: Hideki Matsui 1 year 4 million

Scenario 2.) The scenario is what most dreamt of, the Angels go all out this winter by signing Carl Crawford, Adrian Beltre, and a dominate relief pitcher like Rafael Soriano. They trade Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera for prospects and remove Scott Kazmir from the rotation and go with Trevor Bell. Then give Hank Conger the starting catching job after releasing Jeff Mathis.  

Starting Line up #2

Peter Bourjos CF

Bobby Abreu DH

Carl Crawford LF

Kendry Morales 1B

Torii Hunter RF

Adrian Beltre 3B

Howie Kendrick 2B

Hank Conger C

Erik Aybar SS

Starting Pitching: Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Joel Pinerio, Trevor Bell 

Bullpen: Rafael Soriano(CL), Fernando Rodney, Jordan Walden, Kevin Jepsen, Michael Kohn, Scott Kazmir

Bench: Bobby Wilson, Brandon Wood, Alberto Callaspo, Maicer Izturis, Reggie Willts

Trades: Mike Napoli & Juan Rivera traded to the Boston Red Sox for three top prospects

Sign: Carl Crawford 6 years 95 million, Adrian Beltre 4 years 45 million, Rafael Soriano 3 years 20 million

Scenario 3.) This one is the most interesting, the Angels sign Adrian Beltre and a mid market middle reliever i.e. Scott Downs. They then put Callaspo in left field for a year or until Mike Trout is ready. Mike Napoli will get the bulk of the Catching duty with Conger backing him up and Michael Kohn gets first dibs at the closers role. 

Starting Lineup #3

Peter Bourjos CF

Bobby Abreu DH

Kendry Morales 1B

Torii Hunter RF

Adrian Beltre 3B

Alberto Callaspo LF

Howie Kendrick 2B

Mike Napoli C

Erik Aybar SS

Starting Pitching: Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Joel Pinerio, Scott Kazmir

Bullpen: Michael Kohn (CL), Fernando Rodney, Jordan Walden, Scott Downs, Kevin Jepsen, Jason Bulger 

Bench: Bobby Wilson Brandon Wood, Maicer Izturis, Reggie Willts, Juan Rivera 

Sign: Adrian Beltre 4 years 45 million, Scott Downs 2 years 8 million

Scenario 4.) This Scenario is probably one of the most intriguing, the Angels sign Carl Crawford after fighting the Yankees for him and sign Scott Downs. Then they trade Mike Napoli, Juan Rivera and a prospect for Dan Uggla, they then start the year off with Fernando Rodney as closer. Then they also put Jeff Mathis as catcher with Conger backing up. 

 

Starting Lineup #4 

Peter Bourjos CF

Bobby Abreu DH

Carl Crawford LF

Kendry Morales 1B

Torii Hunter RF

Dan Uggla 3B

Howie Kendrick 2B

Jeff Mathis C

Erik Aybar SS

Starting Pitching: Jered Weaver, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Joel Pinerio, Scott Kazmir

Bullpen Bullpen: Fernando Rodney(CL), Michael Kohn, Jordan Walden, Scott Downs, Kevin Jepsen, Jason Bulger 

Bench: Bobby Wilson, Brandon Wood, Alberto Callaspo, Macier Izturis, Reggie Willits 

Trade: Mike Napoli, Juan Rivera and a Prospect for Dan Uggla of the Marlins

Sign: Sign Carl Crawford 6 years 110 million, Scott Downs 2 years 8 million

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