Houston Astros: Which AL Contenders Most Improved Team?

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#4 Anaheim Angels

Jul 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder David Murphy (19) in the dugout before a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

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Conor Gillaspie: .244/ 3 HR/ 19 RBI/ 0 SB.

David DeJesus: .249/ 5 HR/ 26 RBI/ 3 SB.

David Murphy: .290/ 5HR/ 27 RBI/ 0 SB.

Shane Victorino: .238/ 1 HR/ 4 RBI/ 5 SB.

The Angels have had issues this year in the front offices, which has led to some changes in the way they do things. The team signed Josh Hamilton to a long-term contract prior to the 2014 season but essentially gave him back to the Rangers for a bucket of balls. I exaggerate a little, but the Angels did make some interesting moves at the deadline. However, they made the decision not to go after the highly sought after options such as Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, or Carlos Gomez. Instead, they traded for a bunch of role players to fit a certain role on the teams.

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  • The Angels did not trade for anybody that makes you get too excited, but they already have a weak farm system to my limited knowledge of their system. They needed to make a big splash in order to keep up with the Astros, but they were content on the small moves. While I’m not too excited about the players they got, they did strengthen some of the holes left my Hamilton’s departure.

    Fangraphs Playoff Projections

    July 24th before first trade: 84.8% chance of making the playoffs.

    August 1st after the trade:  70.4% chance of making the playoffs.

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