This is the part of our program where we scheme for ways to get the two best hitters of this generation, Joey Votto and Mike Trout, into the World Series. Two monumental talents and future Hall of Famers are being wasted on lousy rosters, and it’s painful to watch.
One way to help would be to get a lot younger. Though the Angels’ franchise player is in his mid-20s, the team still ran out the second-oldest group of position players in the majors this year. Albert Pujols was the worst everyday player in the league by Wins Above Replacement, he’s about to turn 38, and he’s got four years and $114 million left on his nightmare of a contract. The former star’s deal is a reminder of what happens when impetuous, short-sighted owners like Arte Moreno take decisions out of smarter people’s hands.
Meanwhile, the starting rotation is packed with both injury and performance risks. Making matters worse is a thin farm system that has very few high-upside players above Single-A ball. Add it all up, and short of cloning Trout to play every position, you’re looking at a team that (barring multiple genius moves in free agency or on the trade market) will likely remain mediocre for the foreseeable future.