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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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WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 16: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the American League speaks to Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the National League during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 16: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the American League speaks to Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the National League during Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Nationals Park on July 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Patrick Corbin, LHP

Ah, how I wish this was being written about Clayton Kershaw but alas, Patrick Corbin will do. The Arizona Diamondbacks had one of the best pitching duos in the National League this season with Corbin and Zack Greinke, and now both are available (Greinke via trade, per reports).

Corbin is arguably the best arm available this offseason, and would turn the Angels into a legit top-five rotation into the American League when healthy. While many point to his 3.15 ERA in 2018 as an outlier, Corbin has improved each of the last two seasons, lowering his ERA two full runs over that period of time.

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At 29-years old, he could be entering the prime of his career, and the Angels could be the beneficiaries of it. That is, if they’re willing to pay enough for his services. Corbin has many other suitors, most notably the New York Yankees, who seem to have Corbin atop their free agency pitching wish list.

Projected contract: Five years, $110 million with opt-out after third season.

For this price, the LA Angels would be extremely smart to go all-in on Corbin. He has flashed legit ace stuff in an offense-heavy NL West and seems to be improving as he gets older.

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