Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Featured autograph - Grant Green

I've seen Green at the Arizona Fall League in 2011 and 2012, but got a couple of new cards [2013 Topps Pro Debut and 2013 Panini USA Champions] signed in-person about a week or so - before the 25-year old rookie got traded to the Angels in exchange for Alberto Callaspo.

Hopefully Green, can figure things out sooner than never and maybe in a few years - be another Mark DeRosa, a useful guy who can play a couple of positions with a decent stick at the plate.

As for the Angels, I have to be a fan, but the product on the field is unwatchable - there is a 'what you see is what you get' quality to the Angels, which is to say the way the team has been built over the last three years, there hasn't been the ability to go out and get players that add depth to the pitching staff or among the position players.

I don't know how much further the Angels will have to fall before hitting rock bottom, but seemingly each loss is worse than the last - the 'go for broke' trades during the middle of the year and big free agent signings of the last four or five years have torpedoed the ability for the team to bounce back as a legitimate contender.

I was for the Albert Pujols signing a couple of years ago, even when he is hobbled up now - but the Angels should have built a rebuilt a team through three or four players instead of throwing out money to Josh Hamilton last off-season.

1 comment:

Fuji said...

As an A's fan... it seems that my team is on the opposite end of the spectrum. We've got a well balanced team that fits perfectly together like a puzzle. Unfortunately outside of bullpen, Colon, and Donaldson... the teams stats are pretty shallow at our end of the pool. I'm still confident that at some point, the A's have to show up with their bats... but either way, they've been really lucky so far this year. Heck... they had the baseball gods looking down on them last year too.

I wish I could wish your team some luck... but that would be a conflict of interest. But I'll tell you what... I cheer for your Angels every time they face the Rangers.