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Four Former LA Angels Pitchers To Sign this Winter

By Vincent Page
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 26: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets a visit from pitching coach Mike Butcher #23 after falling behind 3-0 in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - MAY 26: Starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim gets a visit from pitching coach Mike Butcher #23 after falling behind 3-0 in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on May 26, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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Pitcher Bartolo Colon of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in action during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on July 2, 2005. The Angels won 5-3. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)
Pitcher Bartolo Colon of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in action during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. on July 2, 2005. The Angels won 5-3. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images) /

Bartolo Colon, RHP

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Bartolo Colon is just an act nowadays, he doesn’t actually contribute”. And while that may seem like the case, Colon still has much to offer for a team willing to sign him.

Sure, he 5.78 ERA in 2018 was not great. Neither was his strikeout rates. And yeah, maybe he gave up a few too many home runs and hits…..and walks. Okay, maybe I’m not helping my case, but this is not all about stats with Colon.

From a competitive standpoint, any pitcher who has won a Cy Young Award and has extensive playoff experience is worth bringing in at the very least for a Spring Training invite. Colon won the Cy Young Award with the Angels in 2005 and has pitched 67 innings in the postseason throughout his career.

I’m not saying the Angels should give him a strong deal. A minor-league contract with a Spring Training invite is more than a lot of teams would be willing to make for the oldest player in the MLB. But, if he can come in and provide knowledge for young pitchers like Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney, he would be worth the signing.

And I mean, come on, that dude is a money-making machine.

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