Angels retooling, looking to compete in 2017

The Angels rolled into the Winter Meetings in December with a plan to fill the holes in their roster for 2017 and hopes that they’d get better and maybe a bit — or a lot? — luckier when it comes to injuries.

They like their core of position players. They love their MVP center fielder. They have a large group of starting pitchers from which to choose once Spring Training begins in February. Their bullpen has the potential to be a real asset. And they have the longest-tenured manager in Major League Baseball.

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But the Angels need to improve quite a bit from their 74-88 record in 2016 if they’re going to seriously contend in the American League West. The defending champion Rangers appear to have gotten better, as have the second-place Mariners and third-place Astros. It’s going to be a very competitive division once again, so they need to …

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