The position has been a problem for the club since December 2014, when former general manager
He's a free agent now. On the organization's current depth chart, the top second baseman is one-time top prospect Kaleb Cowart, who has played 94 professional games there. The next man is David Fletcher, a 2015 draftee who has played 87 professional games there.
As always, GM Billy Eppler will explore every available route to a fix. Only one sturdy second baseman is available on the free-agent market: 32-year-old
A trade is possible. The Angels have filled infield vacancies in each of the last two seasons via deals with Washington, and they extensively examined Philadelphia’s
The Angels will have someone new starting at second base March 29, 2018. They just don't yet know who.
Unlike at second base, the free-agent market is relatively deep in starting pitching. Eppler has said offense is his priority, but the Angels could pounce on a veteran pitcher if they deem him undervalued by the league’s other 29 teams. Perhaps left-handers
Also on the ideal list is further bullpen help and a third or first baseman.
Signing one is a possibility. Given the Angels' likely $165-million budget and their current outlay around $130 million, signing two is not.