Chicago Cubs must differentiate themselves in Shohei Ohtani talks
By Jake Misener
Wasted opportunities abound in the Mike Trout Era
2015 – 2017 Record: 239-247 (.491 winning percentage)
The Angels have three years of control remaining over Mike Trout – the best player in baseball. But it seems to be a moot point. Since 2009, Los Angeles (or Anaheim) made the postseason just one time. Albert Pujols was supposed to bring the Angels to the promised land. He’s delivered them to October baseball just one time.
Still, in a down year, the slugger led the team in runs batted in – plating 101 men. The starting rotation was shockingly lackluster and the farm system offers very little in terms of hope.
With a weak minor league system, the future for the Angels looks increasingly bleak. If (when) Trout leaves, this franchise will be wandering on without an identity. They’ve failed to capitalize on the perk of having the best player in the game and there’s little reason to think that’s about to change.
Getting to play with the best player in the game doesn’t happen often. Add in a once-in-a-generation player like Albert Pujols and you can learn from a future Hall of Famer. But, on the other hand, the lack of talent would be enough to scare me away if I were Ohtani – regardless of the fact I’d get to play in California.