John Sickels put out his Angels top 20 prospect list and there’s some decent talent at the top but it thins out pretty quick. Of course topping the list is the best prospect on any team, Mike Trout. Trout made it to the majors at a very young age and showed what he can do so the sky is the limit on this guy. Hopefully he’ll be roaming the outfield and hitting with Albert Pujols for years to come.
Garrett Richards is second and he was given a B+. Even Sickels said that grade may be optimistic but this is a guy who could be solid back of the rotation guy. Jean Segura is third and he’s the last of the B’s. The Angels have to decide whether he’ll be a shortstop or second baseman although with Howie Kendrick in the fold, he’s blocked there. Rounding out the top five are Taylor Lindsey (2b, B-) and Kaleb Cowart (3b, B-).
What a great day for Angels fans. The team locked up Albert Pujols for ten years at around $260 million and then they turn around and pick up C.J. Wilson to a five year, $77.5 million deal. So the Angels now have the best hitter in baseball and probably the top free agent pitcher to go along with Jered Weaver who’s probably the second best pitcher in the American League.
That is a lot of money though. They’re still on the hook for Vernon Wells but this is what you can do if you have an owner with deep pockets. The Angels were right there in the final week and now they probably have a better team then the Rangers do for the time being.
This does give the Angels one to many first baseman though although I guess having too many sluggers is a luxury that a lot of teams don’t have. I’m really looking forward to this 2012 season.
C.J Wilson is one of the pitching prizes out there and it looks like the Angels are now going after him hard. The Angels have some strength in the rotation and this signing should just make them better. Of course the Angels haven’t had much luck recently with long term deals so the big thing will be how much we give him.
One problem though is, the Angels already have an ace. They’re paying Jered Weaver $85 million over five years and they’ve even said they’d be hesitant to pay Wilson more then that. Supposedly there’s a six year deal on the table so that limitation may essentially cause the Angels to lose this prize. It looks like they’re competing against the Nationals, Red Sox, Marlins and Rangers.
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