There was some AL West news this week as the Los Angeles Angels decided to retain manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto despite another season of failing to live up to high expectations.
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.