Sep 20, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun (56) celebrates after scoring the winning run in the 11th inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium. The Angels defeated the Mariners 3-2 in 11 innings. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Kole Calhoun expected to take over right field for Anaheim Angels


With Peter Bourjos now a member of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Anaheim Angels no longer have a roster crunch in the outfield. That leaves an opening for Kole Calhoun, who is expected to take over the starting right field job for the Anaheim Angels in 2014.

“For him to improve, he has to get the opportunity to play, and we see a good opportunity for him on this field. With the combination of Kole, Trout, Hamilton, in addition to Shuck and Cowgill, we feel outfield depth is an area of strength. Sometimes you deal from an area of strength to fill an area of weakness.”

Calhoun wasn’t a true starter for the Angels in 2013, but thanks to a rash of injuries ended up playing significant innings where he popped eight home runs and knocked in 32 RBI in 195 at-bats.

In addition to the solid offense, Calhoun played impressive defense which played a role in the trade as the Angels felt comfortable with Calhoun manning right field.

MVP candidate Mike Trout will remain in center field while Josh Hamilton will shift from right to left.

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