RHP Ernesto Frieri (closer)

RHP Joe Smith

LHP Sean Burnett

RHP Kevin Jepsen

RHP Dane De La Rosa

RHP Michael Kohn

RHP Fernando Salas

Frieri is a lightning rod for criticism from Angels fans because he has a tendency to make his saves a little more dramatic than they'd prefer, but he still gets the job done. He has converted 90 percent of his save opportunities over the past two years.

After that, the Angels are hoping for a much-improved bullpen if they get healthy seasons from Burnett and Jepsen. Smith, a free-agent signee, is one of the most dependable right-handed setup men in baseball.


RF Kole Calhoun

CF Mike Trout

1B Albert Pujols

LF Josh Hamilton

3B David Freese

DH Raul Ibanez

2B Howie Kendrick

C Chris Iannetta or Hank Conger

SS Erick Aybar

Despite a disappointing season from Hamilton and an injury-marred year from Pujols in 2013, the Angels still finished sixth in the league in runs. They are hoping simply getting improvement from those two, plus the additions of Freese and Ibanez, can more than offset the loss of Mark Trumbo.

Freese and Ibanez are two of the biggest question marks, though. Ibanez is 41, and Freese is coming off a disappointing season in which he battled injuries in St. Louis.

Calhoun will be a key player to watch. He was very good in two months at the end of 2013, and showed an ability to get on base and hit for some power. He's likely to get a crack at hitting leadoff, even though he's not a prototypical leadoff hitter.

TOP ROOKIES: LHP Tyler Skaggs, originally drafted by the Angels, was one of the top prospects in the Diamondbacks system before the Angels acquired him in the Mark Trumbo trade. Skaggs is just 22, but the Angels are going to give him a shot at breaking camp in the rotation. 2B Taylor Lindsey is considered by many to be the top prospect in the Angels system. He spent last season at Double-A. If he progresses quickly, he could make Howie Kendrick trade bait.