Monday, December 5, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, December 5, 2022 -- "AL West Notes"

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"As much as some six-win addition seems necessary to tie this together, perhaps it will have to be enough for Rendon and Mike Trout to be those additions by playing a full schedule. The two missed a combined 158 games last year, and 230 in 2021. There is no factor more important to the success of the 2023 Angels than $70 million worth of baseball players playing with the frequency and productivity that figure implies they should. Perry Minasian can make all the small deals he wants, but if the Angels don’t get 12 WAR from Rendon and Trout, they probably can’t make the playoffs."