NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Immediately after his team’s disappointing 2016 season, Mike Scioscia expressed confidence that the injury-ravaged Angels were a much better club than their 74-88 record would indicate.
After several offseason roster alterations and with the expectation that quite a few more will happen before Spring Training, the longest-tenured manager in Major League Baseball stuck by that assessment on Wednesday afternoon during his annual meeting with the media at baseball’s Winter Meetings at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center outside Washington, D.C.
“I think we will be better, no doubt, [on] Opening Day of 2017 than we were probably after the first month of 2016,” Scioscia said. “We’re going to welcome any depth that [general manager] Billy [Eppler] can find, and we are better. To what extent, we’ll see when you start playing games.”
Eppler has already done significant work reshaping the big league club, trading with Detroit for left fielder Cameron Maybin, signing free-agent right-hander Jesse Chavez to compete for a role in the rotation, re-signing resurgent reliever Andrew Bailey and adding depth in the outfield with Ryan LaMarre. But there is more to be done.
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