Knowing they had to keep up with the Texas Rangers, the Los Angeles Angels made dramatic moves last winter, signing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson on the same December day.
Despite those moves, the Angels missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season. They entered this offseason knowing they had to keep pace with not only the Rangers but also the Oakland A’s. So, the Angels went big again, signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125-million contract to bolster their lineup.
And with that handshake and swipe of the pen, the Angels became the pick to win the World Series over the Washington Nationals in the soon-to-hit-newsstands Sporting News Baseball Yearbook (although colleague Chris Bahr believes the Nationals have the best chance to win it all).