Originally Posted by jojo
WOW. Maybe as early as '09 the Angels will be paying $42M for three below average to neutral defending, below average hitting LEFT FIELDERS in Anderson, Matthews, and Hunter....
Anderson is only back if they pick up his option. I think you are looking at $31 Million in 2009 for Hunter ($18) and Matthews ($10)plus the $3 Million buy-out of Anderson. As for that defender non-sense, the stats may show that none are plus CF anymore in a vacuum but it doesn't account for how they fit together. My guess is that Vlad, Hunter and Matthews will be able to cover all the gaps collectively w/o having to go "out of zone" so much to look great on the still somewhat dubious defensive stat sheet. If they were trying to pair Hunter or Matthews with a statue like Griffey or Dunn, I'd be more inclined to agree with you. I'll also agree that they've gone mad if they pick-up Anderson in 2009 as your post assumes.
I think the Angels did exactly what they wanted to with these last two moves. They made the high ceiling kids and a few spare parts superfluous. They can package a solid top 3 in the rotation starter (Weaver) with a high ceiling bat (Wood) and a role player who can get on base, run and adequately play CF (Willets) who all make the minimum and probably get just about any player they want if they wish to take on salary. And, with the moves they just made, they won't really miss any of those guys or others that they traded away (i.e. O. Cabrera).