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Ranking the LA Angels Positions By Need Ahead of the Offseason

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 22: Owner Arte Moreno and general manager Billy Eppler applaud as The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Introduce new team manager Brad Ausmus during a press conference at Angel Stadium on October 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 22: Owner Arte Moreno and general manager Billy Eppler applaud as The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Introduce new team manager Brad Ausmus during a press conference at Angel Stadium on October 22, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 29: Pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – SEPTEMBER 29: Pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches during the first inning of the MLB game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /

3.) Starting Pitching

A lot of Halo fans will be questioning why this is not the most needed position. However, let me explain.

The LA Angels have enough starting pitchers, they just need to stay healthy. Given that they have not been able to, the Angels’ likelihood of pursuing a big name pitcher this offseason is higher than any position.

Right now, the starting rotation would be a combination of Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, Matt Shoemaker, Jaime Barria, and Felix Pena. As we all know Shohei Ohtani is restricted to designated hitting in 2019, which hurts the rotation substantially. However, JC Ramirez could return from Tommy John surgery at some point in 2019 to provide a boost.

Nick Tropeano, who ended his season early with shoulder inflammation, will be looking to start a season healthy for the first time in a long time. Alex Meyer, a forgotten name who showed flashes of being a potential ace in 2017, will also be looking to return from surgery to repair a labral tear in his throwing shoulder.

Overall, the Angels have a rotation that can be solid. However, questions about health will continue to hurt them, and makes this a position the Angels must emphasize on this winter.

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