Angels 2015 In-House Rotation Options

By Brian Helberg
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It is well known at this point that the Los Angeles Angels are searching for arms to fill out their depleted starting rotation. It is also common knowledge that the club is right up against the luxury tax threshold, and owner Arte Moreno is hesitant to exceed it right now to lure high profile free agents to Anaheim.

Some different options have been proposed, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported last week that the club is interested in moving an infielder for pitching help. Here at Halo Hangout we have delved into this topic, but we have not really discussed what starting pitching depth the Angels already possess.

Obviously, Jared Weaver will be back to head up the rotation in 2015. Veteran lefty, C.J. Wilson, will likely slot in behind him. Rookie, Matt Shoemaker, really turned some heads in his first season with Los Angeles recording 16 victories and figures to play a big role nest season.

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After that things get murky. Garrett Richards was having a fabulous campaign before tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee on August 20th in Boston. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times, Richards is on pace to return in time for the start of spring training. The nature of Richards’ injury is very serious, and the doctors gave him a recovery timetable of 6 to 9 months, so he could conceivably be ready for the start of the 2015 season. Promising southpaw, Tyler Skaggs, underwent Tommy John Surgery in August and will miss the entirety of next year.

Today, we will focus on what in house options the Angels have at their disposal to fill the holes left by these injuries in their pitching staff.