Waking the sleeping Angels

Updated: December 8, 2011, 10:32 AM ET
By Buster Olney

Some rival officials have wondered for months when the sleeping giant that has been the Los Angeles Angels would start to stir this winter. Arte Moreno, the Angels' owner, has watched a division rival play in the World Series the last two years, and the Texas Rangers are now perceived as one of the best franchises in the sport.

Meanwhile, there has seemingly been erosion in the Angels, with some spectacular failures of decision-making (hello, Mike Napoli and Vernon Wells). At a time when the Los Angeles Dodgers have been down, Moreno's team never fully dominated the L.A. market as it maybe could have.

So Moreno made changes in his front office, hiring Jerry Dipoto as general manager and charging him with making the team better. Backed by the strength of a massive TV contract, the Angels are in pursuit of C.J. Wilson and Albert Pujols, and they appear to be the front-runner for Wilson.

It's possible they have two offers out in excess of $300 million for the pair; it's unclear whether they could sign both players, writes Mike DiGiovanna.