AL West: Angels keep Mike Scioscia, GM
But there were some changes. Add the Angels to the list of teams looking for a bench coach after Rob Picciolo was let go. Hitting coach Jim Eppard is also departing, so not unlike the Texas Rangers, there's a shakeup on the Angels' coaching staff.
One big reason Scioscia is still in the dugout could certainly be money. He's got five years left on his contract worth about $27 million. He's been the skipper for 14 seasons now.
The Angels have a ton of money tied up in a handful of players, including Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton, Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson. They're going to have to pay handsomely for Mike Trout at some point soon if they want to keep him. Despite all the firepower, the Angels couldn't get anything going in 2013 until after they were essentially eliminated from contention. They have not made the postseason since 2009.
It will be interesting to see the direction that Seattle goes in picking a new manager and where the Angels and Rangers turn to find bench coaches. And that's before we even get to the free-agent market, trades and everything else this offseason. Stay tuned.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.