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2023 MLB season preview: AL West

Los Angeles Angels 

This is a make or break season for Los Angeles. It could be the last year they have the best two players in baseball if superstar Shohei Ohtani is not convinced he can win with the Angels. Health will play a big factor in Los Angeles’ success. If Anthony Rendon can stay out on the field, the combination of him, Mike Trout and Ohtani are a deadly offensive combination. The additions of Hunter Renfroe, Gio Urshela and Brandon Drury add more capable bats to an Angels lineup that has lacked depth at times. 

Bringing in Tyler Anderson gives Los Angeles a solid No. 2 behind Ohtani in the rotation while Carlos Estevez should help the bullpen. Patrick Sandoval looked good in the World Baseball Classic and will hopefully carry that into the season. 

Los Angeles is in a tough position due to Ohtani’s pending free agency. If the Angels look like they have in the past – top-heavy with talent but lacking the depth needed to make a playoff run – they will have a tough decision at the trade deadline: trade Ohtani or risk losing him and getting nothing in return during free agency. Los Angeles has made moves to ensure the Angels are in the playoffs and if everything goes according to plan, it’ll be there at the end of the season.

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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) celebrates with right fielder Hunter Renfroe (12) after scoring a run against the Chicago White Sox. (Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports)
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