Are Angels poised for another eventful Winter Meetings?
SAN DIEGO -- In 2011, Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson were signed within minutes of each other, agreements that totaled $317.5 million and were announced moments before the Rule 5 Draft. In '12, Sean Burnett and Joe Blanton agreed to terms and conversations with Josh Hamilton began, paving the way for a signing nobody saw coming. In '13, Mark Trumbo was dealt in the three-team trade that brought back Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago.
What will the 2014 Winter Meetings bring for the Angels? If recent history is any indication, something significant.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has continually preached the opposite, raving about how good the roster already looks and talking about how they must "stay disciplined" to their model, which includes staying below a luxury-tax threshold Los Angeles is already painstakingly close to. Dipoto is expected to make only subtle moves this winter, with utility infielders at the forefront of his mind as he heads to the Winter Meetings.
But you never know when another team will present an irresistible trade proposal for one of his infielders, or when uber-competitive owner Arte Moreno will go above and beyond for a high-priced free agent. So keep it locked to MLB.com, Angels.com and "the Hot Stove Blog" for all the latest news and rumors from the four-day Winter Meetings, which officially begin Monday from downtown San Diego.
Dipoto is expected to address the media each day, Angels manager Mike Scioscia will hold a press conference at noon PT on Wednesday and the Rule 5 Draft will be held Thursday morning.
In between, a lot will surely take place.
What will the Angels do? What should they do? Give your thoughts in the comment section below, if you feel so inclined.