LA Angels general manager Billy Eppler stated on Monday, “We are a point where we feel complete with our club.”
This statement came following the LA Angels agreement with Cody Allen on a one-year deal. Eppler also made it clear that signing Cody Allen was only a possibility due to the “blessing” of owner Arte Moreno stretching the budget for 2019.
With these two statements, it seems as if the Angels are more than likely done in free agency this offseason. The team took a temporary approach this winter, as every signing was a one-year deal. This gives the Angels flexibility moving forward, and keeps their wallets open for a 2020 free agent class that features a handful of ace pitchers and star fielders such as Nolan Arenado.
Despite the passive approach to free agency, the Angels were still able to fill many holes. They signed Justin Bour to fill in the gaps for Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols at first base and as a designated hitter. Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill were brought in to supplement the rotation, while Jonathan Lucroy was signed to lead the rotation from behind the plate. Allen was the final signing, as he helped solidify a bullpen as a much-needed closer.
However, even with all the signing and Eppler’s claims of comfortableness with his squad, are the Angels 100% done? Eppler doesn’t seem the type to let a good deal pass him up, and if Moreno stretched the budget once, maybe he’d do so again for a valuable enough player on a valuable enough deal.
That being said, we’ll highlight three players who can be cheap gets for the Angels, and who can help this team improve on their fringe playoff odds.