I absolutely agree with you. I was speaking specifically about the Angels roster as it appears today, amid all the Hamilton Hyeteria being spewed by Angels fans and the equally orgasmic media. It all just makes me want to puke.
Unfortunately, they probably aren't done making moves. I have no doubt that they will "fix" their starting rotation when it becomes necessary. And they certainly won't doing it by acquiring minor league prospects. For example, if the Phillies get off to a slow start would any of us be the least bit surprised if the Angels acquired Roy Halliday? Or Cole Hamels? Would it really be all that shocking if Jon Lester heads to SoCal once the Bosox tank, and decide to start their inevitable re-build? Believe me, I completely share your frustration with the blatant financial inequities of MLB. And I realize that in the long run, Arte's money will ALWAYS trump anything the A's do. But today, I'm just venting about all the incessant drooling over the Josh Hamilton signing.
I guess I haven't seen "incessant drooling over the Josh Hamilton signing" although the same things others have said here on this board are the same things I say to my Halo fan friends. I just try to be objective which doesn't always go over well on this board. And times like last year I can look like a fool when I thought the A's would win 67 games.
I just think it's a little ridiculous for people to come on here and point out all the Angels holes when we don't even have an infield currently.
"I just think it's a little ridiculous for people to come on here and point out all the Angels holes when we don't even have an infield currently."
Shouldn't we be allowed to enjoy the division win for at least part of the offseason? Last year, LAA acquired Pujols and Wilson and the division race was declared over. We had one or two recognizable names on our roster. LAA finished third and out of the postseason. I'm still having trouble wiping the smile off my face.
I'm also interested in 2013. I'd prefer a WS victory this time :-)
There's considerable time remaining before the beginning of ST. Billy may actually solve the shortstop vacuum by then. It sounds like he's happy with the catchers (not sure why; I'm definitely not). He may even acquire a third baseman to make cufc happy :-).
The Angels have certainly improved their team for the coming season. Their bats are far superior to ours. Our singular advantage is starting pitching, which I expect to improve over 2012, and that can be the difference.
Yeah, Norris doesn't seem to have much of an arm. Needs to work on gunning down runners at second (and making contact with his bat). I'd rather have Kotarras behind the plate if we can't come up with something better.
I am very high on Nakajima. He looks like a sure thing to me.
Hamilton had a WAR of 3.4 last year. Can't see how it will suddenly go up.
You'd better hope that 'pen is outstanding and durable because other than Weaver the rotation consists of a slew of guys who will be lucky to make 6 innings.
The Lamegels will win 91 games.
A's will win 95.
BeaneBall! Like I said earlier today! Christmas has come early!
I am so excited about Nakajima that I can't sleep tonight! Even with sugar plum fairies dancing over my head!
"The Sure Thing" reminds me of a movie I loved back in the Eighties.
Check out the trailer!
The A's are "The Sure Thing!"
The are hot, sexy and lean with the Bernie Lean!
That equals WORLD SERIES to me...............................................
The Senators finished with the best record in MLB. Which of the standard stats do you think they led MLB?
Answer: none. Congratulations, you just "proved" that all stats are meaningless.
I'm expecting Wilson to have a big year now that the bone chips have been removed from his elbow. I'm expecting Vargas to pitch well also. He owns the A's: 2-1, 2.18 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, .182 BAA. Angels have several pitchers who are durable that can go deep into games with the addition of Hanson and Blanton. The bullpen is the Angels biggest improvement this year. They can be a lockdown force over the last 3 innings of the game.The bats have been there and are now more potent with Hamilton.
I think the Angels addressed their weaknesses in the offseason.