Depth in the starting rotation and the outfield provide flexibility for new general manager Tony Reagins if something attractive surfaces. A power-hitting third baseman has been on the agenda, with Florida's Miguel Cabrera the big name getting shopped.
2007 finish: 94-68, first place, AL West; swept by Boston in ALDS.
Deals so far: Traded SS Orlando Cabrera to the Chicago White Sox for RHP Garland. Signed free agent CF Hunter (five years).
Players eligible for arbitration: INF Maicer Izturis, 1B Casey Kotchman, 3B Dallas McPherson, OF Juan Rivera, RHP Francisco Rodriguez.
Free agents: RHP Bartolo Colon.
Needs: There are differences of opinion as to whether the club still needs a power hitter in the aftermath of the Hunter signing. The question is how badly they covet a Miguel Cabrera or Miguel Tejada. It appears that management is content with Erick Aybar and Maicer Izturis sharing shortstop with Cabrera's departure in the Garland deal.
Dealing strengths: A surplus of Major League-caliber talent in every department gives the Angels the opportunity to surrender three or even four players for one big-time talent, such as Cabrera or Tejada.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less