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Five Pitchers the LA Angels Should Sign this Winter

By Vincent Page
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 12, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 12, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 09: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 9, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JUNE 09: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on June 9, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

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The LA Angels and their pitching was not their only problem last year. However, given the players in Anaheim, Billy Eppler is likely to spend most of his time looking at free agent arms, and these five names are guys the Angels could, and should, sign.

First off, the LA Angels rotation is solid, but given the injuries in past years, they know better than anyone you can never have too many starting pitchers. Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney are likely locked into roles, but after that there are no guarantees. Matt Shoemaker, Jaime Barria, Felix Pena, and Nick Tropeano are all pitchers who will be competing for rotation spots come Spring Training, but the Angels could be looking at both star pitchers and veteran/depth pieces this year.

The bullpen is a free-for-all, with names like Blake Parker and Jose Alvarez being the most (and maybe only) trusted relievers. The Angels will definitely be looking for bullpen help in free agency. However, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that any bullpen help will likely be cheap deals rather than chasing after the big names of Andrew Miller and Craig Kimbrel.

For this list we’ll give one left-handed starter, a right-handed starter, a reliever for each side, and a do-it-all type of pitcher. So now, without further ado…

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