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Three Relievers for the LA Angels to Sign

By Vincent Page
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09: Zach Britton #53 of the New York Yankees reacts in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 09, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 09: Zach Britton #53 of the New York Yankees reacts in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Four American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 09, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 20: Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on July 20, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – JULY 20: Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the ninth inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on July 20, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

Adam Ottavino

This is perhaps the least likely signing the Angels could make to improve their bullpen. However, a guy can dream, right? Adam Ottavino is someone every baseball has seen, whether they know it or not. His devastating slider can be seen all over the Twitter-verse, and causes jaws to drop daily.

Ottavino also does not lack confidence, an important attribute for any reliever. Earlier this offseason, Ottavino made headlines as he claimed he could and would strike out Babe Ruth himself every time he faced him.

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Now, before I anger old school baseball fans, let’s focus on what Ottavino would bring to the Angels. Apart from a Twitter account made solely for his slider, he is a legitimate closer. While he was not the Rockies’ everyday closer in 2018, he could easily serve as the Angels’ should they sign him.

Ottavino, like Britton, could serve as the missing piece for the Halos’ bullpen. His 13 strikeouts-per-nine innings is the most elite of elite numbers, and a move to a pitchers’ park like Anaheim could mean big improvement to his 2.43 ERA. He could serve as the team’s closer for the first half of the season, and depending on how he performs, could transition to the set-up man once Middleton returns from TJ surgery.

While the bullpen in Anaheim is not a huge issue (despite what most fans think), there is definitely room for improvement. If the Angels are serious about the playoffs next year, they’ll want to fill every hole possible.

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