Big things were expected in Albert Pujols' first year with the Angels, but the $250 million man and his new team couldn't recover from a slow start, even with Mike Trout producing one of the finest rookie seasons in MLB history. Although Pujols failed to meet the expectations of many fans, pitching was the real problem for this squad in 2012. Dan Haren and Ervin Santana - now in Washington and Kansas City, respectively - were both surprisingly bad, while C.J. Wilson faded after a strong first half, and the bullpen was a problem area all year long. The bullpen should be improved in 2013, but the starting rotation is still a bit of a question mark following the departures of Haren, Santana, and midseason acquisition Zack Greinke. Luckily for Angels fans, general manager Jerry DiPoto made a slew of moves, and owner Arte Moreno dug into his deep pockets yet again, signing Josh Hamilton to a back-loaded five-year deal that would seem to cement this team's identity as an offensive juggernaut
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