Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error With so many games at first taken by Pujols, it might be tough for the Angels to attract a premier first baseman like Eric Hosmer, Carlos Santana or even Logan Morrison.If the Angels are looking for one more big bat, the cleanest fit might be getting an everyday third baseman. Mike Moustakas is the player most often linked to the Angels, but his defense is questionable and he’s never been much of an on-base threat. Otherwise, the third base market is thin.If the Angels go after a lesser player, it would probably be a right-handed hitter to platoon with Valbuena at third.Danny Valencia, a right-handed hitter who crushes lefties and plays first and third, might be a good fit, although there are questions about his clubhouse presence. Right-handed hitting Eduardo Nuñez could also be a possibility, providing the extra benefit that he could be the backup shortstop.Depending on the caliber of player the Angels get, it might squeeze out Cron, who could be a trade candidate.The corner infield decision relates to second in the amount of money the Angels have to spend on that spot, and also on how strongly they desire their second baseman to be able to hit left-handed.Cesar Hernandez of the Philadelphia Phillies is arguably the most perfect fit for the Angels. He is solid defensively, a switch-hitter, arbitration eligible for three more years at a total cost of about $21 million and he has a .372 on-base percentage over the past two years.The Phillies, though, don’t need to trade Hernandez, and it’s likely the only thing that would push them to do so is if they can get a young, major-league ready starting pitcher. The Angels now have six years of control of Ohtani, which makes everyone else in the rotation a little more expendable.Other than Hernandez, there are plenty of available second basemen who could be acquired for little more than money. Starlin Castro is about to be traded from the New York Yankees to the Miami Marlins once the Giancarlo Stanton deal is final. He makes more than $11 million each of the next two years, so the Marlins would likely move him to any team that will take the whole salary, but Castro hits right-handed and is below average on defense.Right-handed hitting Ian Kinsler ($11 million in 2018) and left-handed Jason Kipnis ($30 million over the next two years) are both coming off bad years. If the Angels want either one, and want to pay them, the prospect cost should be minimal.The best free agent second baseman is Neil Walker, who is 32 and has been injured much of the past two years. He is a switch-hitter who has a .355 on-base percentage the last two years, though.The Angels also need a backup shortstop to replace Cliff Pennington and a fourth outfielder to replace Ben Revere. Nolan Fontana and Michael Hermosillo, respectively, are the best in-house candidates.All of that is going to cost enough that the Angels are likely to search the bargain bin for added depth for the pitching staff. Last year, Eppler got Blake Parker, Bud Norris and Yusmeiro Petit on waivers or minor league deals.If the Angels go out of the box and add a marquee pitcher such as Yu Darvish, they would probably have to trade at least one of their young pitchers to fill another hole inexpensively. ANAHEIM — On a day dedicated to celebrating Shohei Ohtani, Mike Scioscia stood at the podium in front of Angel Stadium on Saturday and sent a not-so-subtle message to his bosses.“As we move forward, Billy and Arte aren’t done this winter to make our team the well-rounded team we can be,” the Angels manager said, a nod to General Manager Billy Eppler and owner Arte Moreno sitting to his right.Eppler simply smiled, no doubt aware that even though he’d already earned the Angels’ biggest headlines of the offseason by getting Ohtani, there is work to do as the Winter Meetings hit full swing on Monday outside Orlando, Fla.Ohtani bolsters the rotation and potentially the lineup, as a part-time designated hitter, but the Angels still have a shopping list topped by the need for one or two infielders. The Ohtani deal, however, slightly changed the direction of the search.“We have talked about a little different dynamic of position players and how we can pivot off (the Ohtani) acquisition and best manage 162 games,” Eppler said Saturday.The Angels’ need for a second baseman hasn’t changed, but now their criteria for a corner infielder has shifted.With Ohtani now occupying the DH spot semi-regularly, Albert Pujols is pushed to first base semi-regularly as well. That leaves Eppler to solve a puzzle at first and third.He has Pujols for about 50 games at first; Luis Valbuena at first or third, but not against lefties; and C.J. Cron at first. It’s likely the Angels can afford one player to fill in the gaps.