The Los Angeles Angels Have Three Potential Closers
The Los Angeles Angels have added a few pitchers to their roster this offseason. Of those added, only three will compete for the role of closer during Spring Training.
The Los Angeles Angels pitching staff is kind of a mess. While they lacked serious depth last season, they’ve added some raw talent from the minors this past offseason. As a result, the Angels now have 12 pitchers in which to work with.
The starting pitchers are likely to be Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker, Tyler Skaggs, Ricky Nolasco, and Jesse Chavez. That’s not a terrible lineup on paper, although Richards’ health will be in question along with Skaggs.
The Angels are currently searching for their everyday second baseman who bats left. However, Billy Eppler has stated he wants another starting pitcher. So, there’s really no telling how many players the Angels could have going for a starting job in 2017.
There are two notable players looking for a starting job in the rotation. Those players are J.C. Ramirez and Troy Scribner, Eppler stated via Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, those two will vie for a spot on the starting roster.
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For the LA Angels, the role of closer is one that needs a sure thing. I’m not saying they should go sign Aroldis Chapman. Although, that would be nice. Chapman; however, is looking for a six-year deal and the Angels are not going to do that.
So that leaves the Angels promoting from within. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Angels manager Mike Scioscia will have Huston Street, Cam Bedrosian, and Andrew Bailey all compete for the role of closer in Spring Training.