Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The deep pockets of Angels’s owner Arte Moreno could attract Cespedes to Southern California at some point this winter. Whether they are fearful of the $189 million dollar luxury tax threshold could be a deciding factor, however.
After already being burned by Josh Hamilton’s 5yr/$125 million pact and Albert Pujols’s albatross of a contract, the Angels might think twice about an expensive, long term agreement with Cespedes.
Aside from the financial aspects, Cespedes is a perfect fit in an area of need. The Angels were one of the worst offensive producers regarding their left fielders last season, making Cespedes’s power all the more attractive. His bat in the lineup near Albert Pujols and Mike Trout’s isn’t a bad look, either.
The Angels narrowly missed out on the playoffs last season, and maintain a payroll in the top ten of the league almost every season. With Jason Heyward already headed to Chicago, Cespedes makes plenty of sense for LA.