Despite a quiet winter, the Angels did experience a fair amount of turnover in one important area of their roster. The left side of the infield played a particularly prominent role in the clubhouse, but both David Freese and Erick Aybar are employed by different teams in 2015.
New shortstop Andrelton Simmons and third baseman Yunel Escobar are filling some unique shoes.
“I think clubhouses seem to turn over every year to some degree,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I think Erick Aybar in particular, this guy was really important to everybody in that clubhouse. We replaced the guys who came over have great make-up, great chemistry.”
Scioscia was quick to make reference to the importance of the on-field product. Granted, Simmons is perhaps the best defensive shortstop in the league and Escobar is an upgrade over Freese in the field and at the plate.
“I think our team has good clubhouse chemistry, which is obviously important, but not as important as the on-field chemistry,” Scioscia said. “That’s what you really bank on and I think it was there in spring training and hopefully it will emerge in the regular season.”