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The last time Terry Collins and Phil Nevin hooked up, things got ugly. In 1995, Collins, then managing the Astros, informed Nevin, a rookie at the time, that he was being sent to Triple A. Nevin flipped, tossing furniture. Days later he was traded to Detroit. We hope Nevin doesn't flip when he reads this, but if he starts more than 50 games in '98, the Angels are in trouble, because he backs up the team's best playersoutfielders Tim Salmon and Garret Anderson, first baseman Darin Erstad and third baseman Dave Hollins. Should any of those players miss substantial time, the Halos won't win more than 85 games.
What They Needed: Proven starters, a slugger at DH and a middle infielder.
What They Got: Ex-Yankee Cecil Fielder is big and strong, but don't big and strong guys usually hit more than the 13 home runs he had last season? New pitchers Omar Olivares and William VanLandigham provide as many questions as answers. Randy Velarde and Phil Nevin shore up the infield.
What it All Means: If Fielder is more phat than fat, his bat could juice up an already potent offense. But with Mark Langston gone and Chuck Finley old and Ken Hill coming off a mediocre year, this team is still probably two arms away from being a contender. Makes you wonder why Disney wasn't willing to spend a little money on a quality starter.
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