The Los Angeles Angels haven't reached the playoffs since 2014, and haven't won a postseason game in a decade. What the Angels have done well in the past few years is change managers. The Angels recently installed Joe Maddon as their new skipper. Maddon is the club's third manager in as many years, following a one-season stint from Brad Ausmus and the conclusion of the Mike Scioscia era.
With Maddon in tow and owner Arte Moreno promising a payroll increase, the question now is if general manager Billy Eppler can deliver a postseason-caliber roster -- or, if the next big change the Angels make will be at GM.
Here's an offseason primer on the Angels.
2020 Payroll Situation
The Angels have fielded an Opening Day payroll exceeding $150 million in six of the last eight seasons. Yet they've never gone as high as $170 million. If they're to make significant upgrades, that will have to change this season based on their current payroll projections.
Guaranteed contracts (5 players): $115 million (via Cot's Baseball Contracts)
Arbitration-eligibles (10 players): $22 million (via MLB Trade Rumors projections)
The Angels declined Kole Calhoun's $14 million option on Monday, freeing up extra cash to use in free agency.