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Revamped Angels ready for intriguing camp

Halos primed for Spring Training following notably productive offseason
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ANAHEIM -- In an offseason that has become notable for its uncommonly sluggish free-agent market, the Angels have distinguished themselves by being one of the most active clubs in the Majors.

Over the last four months, general manager Billy Eppler and his staff have secured a series of key upgrades to the Angels' roster, plugging most of the holes that helped sink the club during its disappointing 80-82 finish in 2017. In November, the Angels authored the first big move of the offseason by re-signing left fielder Justin Upton to a five-year, $106 million deal.

ANAHEIM -- In an offseason that has become notable for its uncommonly sluggish free-agent market, the Angels have distinguished themselves by being one of the most active clubs in the Majors.

Over the last four months, general manager Billy Eppler and his staff have secured a series of key upgrades to the Angels' roster, plugging most of the holes that helped sink the club during its disappointing 80-82 finish in 2017. In November, the Angels authored the first big move of the offseason by re-signing left fielder Justin Upton to a five-year, $106 million deal.

It proved to be the harbinger of a busy winter, as the Angels went on to land coveted Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani and revamp their infield with the additions of Ian Kinsler and Zack Cozart. After falling five games short of a Wild Card berth last season, the Angels hope pairing those newcomers with superstar Mike Trout and a healthier starting rotation will help lead them back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014.

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The first glimpse of the Angels' retooled roster will begin to emerge on Tuesday, when pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Tempe, Ariz., ahead of their first official workout on Wednesday. Position players must report by Feb. 18, with the first full squad workout slated for the following day.

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The Angels will play their Cactus League opener on Feb. 23 against the A's at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa.

Much of the attention at Angels camp will likely center around the arrival of Ohtani, who is poised to begin his aim to become the Majors' first two-way star in a century. The 23-year-old pitcher/designated hitter is expected to garner so much media interest that the Angels have booked three rooms in a hotel conference center for his first news conference on Wednesday.

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How the Angels manage Ohtani's two-way aspirations will be one of the most fascinating storylines in baseball, but there will be plenty of other questions for the Halos to address this spring. Will they move forward with their plans for a six-man rotation? Will Albert Pujols be able to rebound after a full winter of conditioning? Will the Angels' offseason moves be enough to close the gap with the World Series-champion Astros in the American League West?

The process of uncovering those answers begins Tuesday. Stay tuned.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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