The season is barely more than a month old, but the Angels are off to their worst start in 20 years thanks to a 16-21 record that places them 4.5 games back in the AL West. Even worse, their -47 run differential is last in the AL, and suggests they should have even fewer wins than they actually do. Ben Bolch of The Los Angeles Times caught up with GM Tony Reagins, who indicated that he's not quite ready to overhaul the roster.
"It's concerning when you're not playing well, but we believe the players we have assembled have the capability to play at a much higher level," Reagins said. "We have to get guys into their games, and that hasn't happened yet."
"Right now I'm not looking to make wholesale changes to this club," he said. "We're looking to get the guys that we have here to play the way they're capable of. If we do that, we'll be fine."
Reagins did acknowledge having "a couple of" conversations with other general managers about other players, but he maintained that it was still too early to assess the possibility of a trade.
The Halos are currently without Jeff Mathis, Bobby Wilson, and Maicer Izturis, all of whom are on the 15-day DL, and Brandon Wood is providing almost nothing (.165/.181/.233) at the hot corner. They have the dreaded combination of a high team ERA (4.83) and a low team OPS (.697), but if players like Hideki Matsui, Juan Rivera, Joe Saunders, Joel Pineiro start performing like they have in the past, things could turn around quickly.