If the Los Angeles Angels needed to make one thing a priority this off-season, it was pitching. Jerry Dipoto said it. Mike Scioscia said it. Everyone knows it.
It was going to be tricky. The Los Angeles Angels don’t have a lot of money to spend, don’t have much in the way of trade-bait and have virtually no pitching prospects ready to toe the slab.
It was speculated up to this point that the Los Angeles Angels would pursue Jason Vargas and re-sign him. Doing so would leave the Angels with only one rotation spot to fill with Garrett Richards presumably rounding out the #4 or #5 spot. Now the Los Angeles Angels rotation just got all that much more thin. Are Los Angeles Angels fans ready for another year of Joe Blanton? Yikes!
Vargas pitched to a 4.02 ERA with 6.5 K/9 and 2.8 BB/9 in 150 innings this year for the Angels. It was a down year, but the left-hander who went to school at Long Beach State just minutes from Anaheim and had been a solid innings-eater the previous seasons, average 190 innings since 2010.
Despite recent rumors that Peter Bourjos might be going to St. Louis in exchange for David Freese, Jerry Dipoto might want to remove that offer from the table and save Bourjos as trade-bait for another starting pitcher.
Things just got a whole lot trickier for the Angels.