The final player the Angels could use to finish off their free agency is, yet another, one-year candidate. Drew Pomeranz was in line for a big pay-day following two straight years (2016/2017) with a 3.32 ERA, but a 6.08 ERA in 2018 derailed any hopes of a big contract this offseason.
What is in Pomeranz’s best interest lines up with what the Angels have been looking for this offseason. A one-year deal for Pomeranz to recoup some of his value is what the starter should be looking for, and the Angels assuredly are a good landing spot.
When Pomeranz looks for spots where he could get his share of starts, the Angels could be appealing. There’s of course Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney headlining the rotation, but after Harvey and Cahill, there’s a bunch of names who don’t have the pedigree Pomeranz can boast. There would be no guarantee for him, but if 2018 truly was an outlier season, then Pomeranz would have no problem beating out the likes of Jaime Barria, Nick Tropeano, and Felix Peña.
With the possibility of a six-man rotation in Anaheim, Pomeranz could earn that role of the fifth or sixth starter, then he could spend the season regaining the value before hitting free agency again next offseason, and the Angels could reap all the benefits.