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LA Angels Free Agency Breakdown: Catchers

By Vincent Page
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: Jose Briceno #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (L) and Ty Buttrey #31 (R) celebrate their win over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 07: Jose Briceno #10 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (L) and Ty Buttrey #31 (R) celebrate their win over the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 7, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim won 5-2. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after his strikeout in front of of Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 01: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts after his strikeout in front of of Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The Big Name

For years now LA has had a catcher who is phenomenal on offense and has made strides into being a solid defensive player as well. The only problem for the Angels is that this catcher is on the Dodgers.

Yasmani Grandal could be the best catcher on the market this winter. He’ll have plenty of suitors from contenders looking to shore up their catcher position, and could demand big money. However, the Dodgers may be willing to let him walk as Austin Barnes is solid at the big league level and their #2 prospect Keibert Ruiz could be debuting in 2019. With so many other stars, and their aspirations for a big name such as Harper and Machado, Grandal could be done in LA.

Anaheim seems like a good option though. Grandal is a player Billy Eppler should be willing to pay. He’ll be 30 next year, but he still has enough value for a 3-4 year deal. An underrated part of Grandal’s game is his game management. The Dodgers have so many great starters on their team, and Grandal is a part of that. He knows his guys, much like Maldonado did for the Angels, and puts in the work to help his starters in each start.

Now, the Angels do have bigger positions of need. However, if Grandal is hoping to stay in Southern California, Anaheim may be a surprise candidate for his services come Winter Meetings.

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