6/4 Draft day is coming

The Angels spent freely this offseason, and the payroll is more than $137 million. The team, though, hasn’t run away with the AL West.

“It’s not the formula all the time,” Dale Sveum said. “Sometimes it is — the Florida Marlins went out and traded and bought and this and that, but in the long run, you look at the teams that have won World Series, and bits and pieces come from somewhere else, but the core players are ones they drafted and came from the organization.”

Which is why Thursday’s First-Year Player Draft is so critical.

“It’s huge,” Sveum said. “It’s probably why I haven’t talked to anybody [in the front office] in two weeks. They’re in lock down, making sure we get the Draft right. It’s a gamble. You’re putting all your eggs in one basket to make sure not even the No. 2 pick in the country is right, but everything else is and you’re getting the best players after that, too.”

Sveum said he may stop by the war room Thursday to see what the Cubs do.

“Maybe I’ll just call and see who they’re taking,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat

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