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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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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 16: National League All-Star Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets pitches to American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 16: National League All-Star Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets pitches to American League All-Star Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Matt Harvey, RHP

I know, the name sends an immediate shiver down one’s spine. Matt Harvey has been one of the most disappointing players in recent memory, and around a year ago, it would not have been surprising to see Harvey out of the league at this point.

But maybe, juuuust maybe, he could help the Angels.

Harvey is not meant for the big city. Even when he played for the second team in New York, he was not able to handle to pressure and the lifestyle involved with living in New York. While he was an utter mess in the Big Apple, he did improve after being traded to the Cincinnati Reds. Now, the Angels might want to take a look at Harvey.

First off, he may seem like he’s been around forever, but Harvey is still only 29-years old. That isn’t young, but it’s still young enough to be able to turn around his career. His strikeout-to-walk ratio was nearly 4:1 last year, and he did not give up the long ball at too high of a pace. The only real concern was the amount of hits he gave up, which was over one-per-inning.

Projected contract: One-year, $8 million, mutual option

Matt Harvey should not be a main target for the Angels, but if they fail to bring in any other impact starters, having a veteran/depth arm could be the kind of move they need to make, and Harvey fits that role perfectly.

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