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As market opens, 10 possible infield fits for the Angels

By in Press Enterprise on November 6, 2017

By Jeff Fletcher

The Angels took care of a major piece of their offseason shopping before the market even officially opened, when they renegotiated Justin Upton’s deal to keep him around.

Now, as the free agent market opens on Tuesday, the Angels’ most pressing needs are a second and third baseman. Although they may also look at first base or starting pitching, they feel they at least have better in-house options at those spots right now.

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General manager Billy Eppler said after the season ended his focus is on improving the team’s on-base percentage. He also said he’d prefer to get left-handed hitters. Upton’s signing made the lineup even more righty-heavy.

With all that in mind, here’s a look at 10 players who could be a fit for the Angels at second or third.

Cesar Hernandez, Philadelphia Phillies, 27. A speedy switch hitting second baseman, Hernandez had a .372 on-base percentage over the past two years. He is arbitration eligible for three more seasons, projected to make $4.7 million in 2018. Hernandez could be expendable to the Phillies because of rising prospects J.P. Crawford and Scott Kingery. However, if the Phillies chose to give those players more seasoning, or instead trade Freddy Galvis, they could hang on to Hernandez. He won’t be acquired without giving up significant talent. The Phillies need pitching.

Mike Moustakas, free agent, 29. A third baseman, Moustakas is the biggest name on the free agent market at either position, mostly because of his age and eye-popping 38 homers in 2017. Moustakas also hits left-handed, and he’s a Southern California native (Chatsworth High). He won’t be cheap (five or six years at $15 million to $20 million a […]    

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