The 2013 season was not a very pleasant one for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Last season The Halos ended the season six games below 500 and finished 18 games back from their rivals the Oakland Athletics, who won the division. The season was a major disappointment for both players and fans who believed the team was going to be World Series contenders.The major reason for the Angels mediocre finish was the lackluster performance from their superstars, who they paid a small fortune to acquire. Poor play from Josh Hamilton, Albert Puljos, and pitcher C.J. Wilson caused the Angels to severely underperform down the stretch.
In the off-season the Angels made a few noteworthy acquisitions but did not make a very big splash in. Their biggest pickup was former World Series MVP David Freese ,who was acquired when they traded center fielder Peter Bourjos to the St. Louis Cardinals. Their other notable acquisition was 41 year old free agent Raul Ibanez who has proved to be very efficient on both sides of the ball throughout his 17 year career.
The player to look out for during the 2014 season has to be 22 year old center fielder Mike Trout who has finished as the runner up in MVP for each of the last two years. This phenom has amazed both fans and fellow players with his spectacular play at such a young age. He is widely considered the most promising young player in baseball. After two All-Star worthy season in 2012 and 2014 we can only wait and see what he does in 2014.