Third base has been something of a problem for the Angels in recent years as Alberto Callaspo was both serviceable and eminently replaceable. On Friday, they addressed that need by acquiring former World Series MVP David Freese from the Cardinals. He should be a nice upgrade despite his down 2013 season.

By landing Freese, GM Jerry Dipoto used his best trade chip to do something other than address his biggest need, meaning his pitching staff. Gold Glove center fielder Peter Bourjos is now in St. Louis while the likes of Joe Blanton and Jerome Williams continue to occupy rotation spots in Anaheim. Freese is a solid player and will help the team, but third base was further down in the priority list.

Normally, this wouldn't be much of an issue. You have to give something to get something and Bourjos for Freese is reasonably fair value. The problem is that the Angels have very limited resources this winter. John Manuel of Baseball America notes they have the worst farm system in baseball -- one of their better prospects, outfielder Randal Grichuk, went to the Cardinals in the trade -- while MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez estimated their available payroll at $14 million before the Freese addition. Now it's closer to $10 million.