It's really hard to judge. I really don't know the internal dynamics of the decision making process with the Angels. I suspect that Stoneman doesn't have total power, since Scioscia, being here so long and having a world series ring, probably has more more say over club decisions than most managers, but I can't say that for sure. I also can't say how hands on ownership is.
The biggest beef I have with the Angels is their tendency to keep well-liked veterans past the point that they should. Having Tim Salmon is just dead weight. If he was putting up great #s at DH, that would be one thing, but going out there once or so a week and doing okay isn't worth the roster spot he's taking up. And my opinion of Erstad is it's highy unlikely he'll every get and stay helathy, AND be a good contributor to the ball club. Likewise, strictly by the numbers, having Adam Kennedy playing full time at 2nd while Howie Kendrick is stuck in AAA makes ZERO sense. At a minimum, they should platoon but having Kendrick there pushing AK for bats against righties might light a fire under AK. AK isn't old enuf to have his play deteriorate the way it has. Maybe competition for playing time is what he needs.
With GA, I still think he can contribute, but as a DH who only takes the field to spot start in case of injury. I think he's got just so much gas in his tank at anyone time, it's a waste for him to be spending that running down balls in left field when Juan Rivera is perfectly capable of doing that.
On the plus side.... What a starting rotation! When its arguable that your 4th best starter is Santana, you've got a strong staff.
That said, where are the young relievers for the bullpen? K-Rod was the last pitcher from the farm that was impressive. Since then, nothing.
But anyway, my grade is incomplete until I see what they do before the trade deadline.
I think they definitely need a bit more offense. Normally I'd say sit tight, but with our starting rotation, I think we've got a real shot at a World Series, and to not get it because we didn't do enough before the trade deadline would be a waste. Rotations like this don't happen very often, and we've got to be able to get them the runs to do it.
I don't think we should mortgage our future for a star player though. I'd rather shoot for a Jaque Jones, Craig Wilson type vet, mainly because I think GA has to become a full time DH. He's never going to be what he was, but when he's relatively healthy, he can still put the bat on the ball. A craig Wilson could switch between 1b and OF if Morales doesn't progress, although I think he will.
And I'd like them to try Joe Saunders in the bullpen. That latest Brendan Donnelly incident in Jered's start was the last straw for me. We have to have bullpen guy who can shuttle the ball between the rotation and Shields and K-Rod. Brendan Donnelly use to be solid, I don't know if he's hurt or if he just doesn't have it anymore, but we can't afford to blow games in the 6th or 7th that we have well in hand.
So anyway, so far it's a D, because this team has lost way too many games simply because we can't score enough runs because we expected too much from aged vets.
The 2nd half grade will be determined on what they do before the trade deadline and how soon they bring up Kendrick and Saunders. IF they can pull off a blockbuster deal, that'd be great, but I'd rather do a small deal for one or two decent vets so we don't have to sell the future away on a one-shot deal.
Long term, I think the Angels have to start looking at transitioning or at least giving Vladdy more time at first and DH. He's looking a bit more gimpy running the bases than he used to. I think a slow transition to a less wear-and-tear spot would be in order. Have him spot at DH for now, but this winter, maybe get some first base work in.
Also, rather than try and trade for a Carl Crawford or a Miggy Cabrera, we should try and find the next ones. I would think that haviing Latino ownership could be a big plus in Latin America, and having a guy like Vladdy should help in the DR where a lot of great latin players come from. We should take hit Latin America hard, maybe even break new ground in places where soccer rules. IF the D.R. can make great players, surely Haiti has the potential to produce great athletes if we can make baseball the #1 sport over Soccer. Why not set up a youth centers all over South America and look for young athletes and try and make baseball as big there in South Americas as it is in Latin America.