With the signing of catcher Jonathan Lucroy Friday, the LA Angels have filled one of their biggest holes this off-season. In total the Angels have spent approximately 26 million dollars in doing so. Is there one more ace up general manager Billy Eppler’s sleeve?
For weeks the LA Angels have been linked to many big name free agents at multiple positions, but so far general manager Billy Eppler has not been able to reel in that big fish. However, what Eppler has done is fill many of the Angels holes with guppies but many of these pick-ups could turn into whales if they can get back to earlier times in their careers.
This is a BIG IF, but it is more likely than you think. First baseman Justin Bour and catcher Jonathan Lucroy had career-worst years in 2018, but both could easily bounce back to respectability and then their 2.5 and 3.5 million dollar price tags look like highway robbery.
Signing Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill to one-year contracts worth close to 21 million dollars combined could also prove to be major bargains if they can return to form as well. These two pitchers have a greater risk because of the inconsistency that has plagued them throughout recent years, but they could still prove to be shrewd moves by Eppler if they pan out even slightly.
By making all of these lower cost moves, Eppler has set the Angels up for one of two things: A chance to go after one really big fish still in free agency or have the flexibility next season to throw as much money that is necessary to reel in the biggest fish there is: Mike Trout.
If the Angels do decide to go all in on a top free agent that is still on the market, where would their money be best spent?