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Best rotation options for LA Angels

By David Rice
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on September 11, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: Sonny Gray #55 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on September 11, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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In recent days the LA Angels have been linked to a few pitchers.  J.A. Happ, Nathan Eovaldi, and Patrick Corbin have all been said to have interest from the Angels this off-season.

When looking at signing starting pitchers the LA Angels need to bring in a couple of strong arms to add to the rotation, but they also must be prudent and not overextend themselves too much with the 2020 off-season looming.  2020 is D-Day for the Angels and Mike Trout.  Unless the Angels are able to workout an extension between now and then Trout will be testing the waters of free agency after the 2020 season.

The Angels will still have Justin Upton locked up until 2022 and Shohei Ohtani will be locked up until after 2023 thanks to a club-friendly six-year contract for the league minimum other than a 2.3 million dollar signing bonus.

The question will be for the Angels when looking at pitchers is where they see guys like Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, and Jaime Barria fitting into the rotation and possibly Nick Tropeano.  If they want all four of these pitchers to be a part of the rotation they have only enough room for one starting pitcher.  However, they could send a guy like Barria back to the minors or make him into middle reliever or set-up man for right now.

So say the Angels decide to sign or trade for two starting pitchers who would make the most sense. There are many names who are out there via the trade route, but most teams will be asking for one of the Angels top rospects such as Jo Adell, Griffin Canning, or Jahmai Jones to be a part of the deal.

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