The 2016 Angels were a team riddled with injuries. Some of their best pitchers went down for nearly the entire season while some of the best position players suffered more minor injuries that caused them to spend significant time on the mend. Now, many teams would have been able to get past these injuries and remain competitive, but the Angels simply lacked the depth to do that, and they went on to win 74 games, their fewest since the turn of the century.
So second-year GM Billy Eppler had a tough task in front of him. He needed to find a way to make a team seemingly stuck in the middle competitive again with neither much money to spend nor a deep farm system to deal from. How did he do, you ask? Well, that’s why I’m here. Continue reading at Banished to the Pen.