The Los Angeles Angels are preparing to look at outside options to upgrade their struggling offense, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.
As a team, the Angels are 27th in baseball with a wRC+ of 83, and that includes, who has a wRC+ of 179. The Angels have just three players, Trout, and , with an OPS over .700 and only five with an OPS over .600, including and .
One player Fletcher speculates may be a target for the Angels isfirst baseman/outfielder :
A 31-year-old outfielder/first baseman with the Milwaukee Brewers, Lind is hitting .318 with six homers and a .987 OPS. He has a career .800 OPS, including .866 against right-handers. Lind, who spent most of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, is signed for $7.5 million this year, with a team option for $8 million for 2016.
Lind would likely split time at first base and designated hitter with Pujols and, both right-handed hitters. Bot have struggled this season, especially Cron who has hit .195/.221/.280 in 25 games.
Fletcher says another possibility for the Angels could beoutfielder , who could replace the struggling as a left-handed bat in the outfield. Joyce is hitting just .140/.182/.215 in 30 games in 2015.
The Angels have also been the victims of some bad luck so far this season, as a quarter of their games so far have been against, Dallas Kuechel, and , all of whom have an ERA below 2.00. Los Angeles is also second-to-last in baseball with a .264 BABIP as a team.
With a record of just 15-17, the Angels may look to buy sooner rather than later, especially if some of their veterans fail to turn things around at the plate.