Angels rumors: LA unlikely to make 'high-profile' moves

The Los Angeles Angels were one of the key players of the offseason, vying for right-hander Zack Greinke and ultimately landing slugger Josh Hamilton, along with pitchers Jason Vargas and Ryan Madson. These moves came a year after Los Angeles signed Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson. While the team has frequently made splashes over the past few seasons, general manager Jerry Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times that he doesn't foresee any "high-profile moves" occurring this summer.

“You’re always looking for ways to get better, to maybe find some smaller pieces to contribute, but the high-profile moves? I wouldn’t suspect that we’re looking for those. I don’t know that we can acquire a better starting pitcher than Jason Vargas, and the bullpen has been very good.”
Dipoto added that "this is our team," indicating the Angels will stick with their current collection of stars. Not that they have much choice, as commitments to players such as Hamilton, Pujols, Wilson and Jered Weaver have the Angels tied down for years to come. They also have to consider eventually ponying up for superstar Mike Trout if they hope to keep him in the fold long term.

Los Angeles has faced significant injuries this season, as Madson has yet to throw a pitch for them. Late-inning arm Sean Burnett is also on the disabled list, as are starting pitchers Vargas and Tommy Hanson and outfielder Peter Bourjos.

Hamilton and Pujols have been producing at below-average clips, and others on the team have under-performed. In all, it appears Los Angeles will hope their superstars increase their production and their ailing players return to health to help them continue their push in the American League West.



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