Dipoto: Angels not in market for another bat
TEMPE, Ariz. -- The Angels still aren't sure when Josh Hamilton will join their lineup -- not to mention when he'll show up for Spring Training -- but that hasn't prompted Jerry Dipoto to search for another bat from outside the organization.
The Angels' general manager feels the presence of left-handed-hitting outfielder Matt Joyce along with fourth outfielder Collin Cowgill and Dan Robertson -- acquired from the Rangers for a player to be named or cash in November -- provide enough outfield depth in the meantime. Joyce will start the season in left field, with C.J. Cron a likely candidate at designated hitter.
"If throughout the spring, if we see something that fits for us, like we do any other spring, we'll certainly pay attention," Dipoto said. "But it's not something we are focused on at this point."
Some additional notes from Sunday's workout:
• The Angels still plan to stretch Cory Rasmus out as a starting pitcher this spring, but will likely move him back to the bullpen if he can't crack the Opening Day rotation. "His history shows he's more suited for the 'pen," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said, "but he's a different pitcher now, with more experience. We'll see if it's something we're going to tap into."
• Despite winning a Major League-leading 98 games, Albert Pujols called 2014, which ended with a sweep by the Royals in the American League Division Series, "a disappointing season."
"Everybody here can tell you that," Pujols said. "Whether [Mike Trout] won an MVP, or we stayed healthy and pitched well, it was a disappointing season. We didn't change our mission, and our mission is to win."