Angels need free agent Chris Davis most
The Los Angeles Angels should really sign former Baltimore Oriole and free-agent Chris Davis. Actually, they need to sign Davis. They aren’t the favorites or even on ESPN’s David Schoenfield’s list of teams interested in Davis that came out on Sunday, but Davis could help fill every hole the Angels have–and there are a few.
He’d be a huge help to any team because of his power, and he has been linked to a number of them.
The New York Yankees could use some power. Even though Alex Rodriguez did a very nice job for them last season, even A-Rod can’t do it alone. They could use the help at first base to take some of the pressure of the oft-injured and aging Mark Teixeira.
Of course the Baltimore Orioles are interested, but he’s also been linked to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central and the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies in the NL West; however, he’s a better fit for the Angels.
Davis is the one player that could solve many of their problems. Not all at once of course, but Davis not only plays first base, he also plays third, right field and played well in left field in 2015 for Baltimore. The Angels need help at almost all of those positions, except right field, which will still be manned next season by first-time Gold Glove winner Kole Calhoun.
The Anaheim-based team has one of the most depleted farm systems in the game today. They have no proven up-and-coming third basemen or outfielders. The kids they tried to work with last season–infielders Taylor Featherston and Johnny Giavotella–ended up being barely adequate at their positions both offensively and defensively. Plus, let’s face it, neither Kyle Kubitza nor Kaleb Cowart had even decent stints in the majors last season, and that was when the Angels still had David Freese to man third base. Freese is now a free agent who is likely to sign elsewhere.
The Angels did just sign infielder Cliff Pennington to a two-year deal, but he can’t play second, third and shortstop all by himself. Meanwhile, the rest of the team can’t ride on the back of Mike Trout’s offense. Sure, Albert Pujols is still hitting home runs at a fairly monstrous pace, but he’s not exactly hitting for average anymore and no one can be sure how much longer the 35-year-old’s body will hold up. Their only other offensive “threat” is Calhoun who hit .256, didn’t get on-base much (.308) but did hit a career high 26 homers in 2015.
Davis could provide the left-handed power bat in left field–a position vacated when the team shipped Josh Hamilton back to the Texas Rangers–or provide much needed help at third base. Despite a terrible 2014 season, Davis has hit the most home runs in the majors in the past three years, 15 more than Nelson Cruz over that span. He can hit for a good average, proven by his .286 average in his All-Star year in 2013 and .262 last season. Not to mention that he has an above average career on-base percentage (.330). His OPS in 2015? .923.
The Angels will need more than just Davis to fill all their holes, but he’d be a killer weapon to have and to be able to move around the diamond as needed. The 30-year-old is likely to be seeking a five or six-year deal for around $20 million a year, which limits him to big market teams; however, the Angels technically are one and with owner Arte Moreno really being the one running the show in Anaheim, it’s definitely a number he would be able to work with.