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LA Angels: Three Value Deals to Make to Complete Roster

By Vincent Page
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates acknowledges the crowd as he is removed from the game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth inning at PNC Park on September 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 23: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates acknowledges the crowd as he is removed from the game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth inning at PNC Park on September 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 23: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates acknowledges the crowd as he is removed from the game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth inning at PNC Park on September 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 23: Josh Harrison #5 of the Pittsburgh Pirates acknowledges the crowd as he is removed from the game against the Milwaukee Brewers in the eighth inning at PNC Park on September 23, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images) /

The first of these players is someone the Halos have been linked to, and that is former Pittsburgh Pirates All Star Josh Harrison. Harrison has interest from numerous teams, which may drive his price up too far for the Angels to be out of the race.

However, Harrison would be someone who provides enough value and versatility for Moreno to open up his wallet just a bit more. He has played second base for the majority of his career, but has also shown he can handle himself at third base and in the outfield.

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Those three positions should scream at the Angels to sign Harrison. Last season at third, Zack Cozart was uninspiring before going down for the season with a shoulder injury. Taylor Ward, who started the majority of games to finish out the season, was also disappointing as he failed to find any consistency at the plate.

At second base, David Fletcher was solid on defense and made good contact at the plate, but will never have the power most teams hope for from an everyday starter. And in right field, Kole Calhoun was a tale of two halves, but regressed back to his woeful ways in the batters box during the final month of the season.

Harrison would provide valuable depth off the bench, and he could also fill in as a starter in any of the three positions in which the Angels need it the most. While the Angels hope Cozart’s 2018 was an outlier instead of regression and Calhoun can be the version of himself that was one of the best hitters in the league over the summer, hoping is not as good as insurance. Harrison would be a perfect fit in this Angels clubhouse, whether as a reserve or starter.

If the Angels are still looking for another reliever to fill out their bullpen, Ryan Madson just might be that guy. After an awful 2018 season, Madson is a candidate for a bounce back year for whoever signs him, and the Angels should at least test the waters on the 38-year old righty.

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