Halo Homers wrote:Here is what I hope happens in 08:
1) Angels sign either A Rod or Miguel Cabrera. ( I prefer Cabrera, but I'll take either). I think even Stony could'nt screw that up.
2) Brandon Wood takes over at 3b or SS, depending on who they sign in #1 above.
3) Figgins is dealt for pitching.
4) Both Colon and Orlando Cabrera go bye-bye.
5) Aybar becomes the new Figgins, the super utility player, or if Wood falters, takes over for Wood.
Just one Angel fans dream.
Ok look OC isnt going anywhere neither is Figgi Soscia loves Figgi he said hes never seen a player like figgi.Colon is a possibility if he doesnt come back strong and return to his CYyoung form. and i think vlad is due for a contract extension
Angels need a power bat desperately, and Figgns is the most likely one to be traded to accomodate a move. Let's look position by position at the team (Long Term Look)
RF - Vladdy - Not going anywhere, as you correctly pointed out, he will be resinged.
CF- GJM - Not going anywhere, and has a no trade clause.
LF - Garrett Anderson - Two years left on a bad deal. Would be difficult to deal.
4th OF - Rivera when his leg heals
3B - Currently Figgins Job, but in danger.
SS - OC, with Brandon Wood and Eric Aybar waiting in the wings. OC is gone, a la Erstad and Kennedy.
2B- Kendrick - Angels hope is the 2B for the next 10 years.
1B- Kotchman/Morales/Hillenbrand - No great talent
C- Napoli, Mathis, Molina - Angels seem content to figure out which 2 of those 3 will catch for the Angels for the next few years.
DH - Vladdy and GA will occupy this spot with Hillenbrand.
Given this assessment, the 2 most likely areas for the Angels to upgrade are 3B and 1B. Miguel Cabrera and most likely A Rod will be available next offseason, maybe even by the trading deadline. So, Figgins future does not look bright. The only thing I would see saving Figgins is if the Angels go after a power bat at 1B. I don't know who might be available at that spot at the trading deadline, or in 08, and I think the Angels are still hoping Kotchman or Morales step up.
Given this scenario, I think OC is all but gone, and Figgins is in danger, probably not this year, but certainly next.