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.
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.