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LA Angels: Three Free Agents That Can Make the Team Contenders

By Vincent Page
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Pitcher Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches during the first inning of Game Four of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Pitcher Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches during the first inning of Game Four of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: Pitcher Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches during the first inning of Game Four of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 16: Pitcher Gio Gonzalez #47 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches during the first inning of Game Four of the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

The LA Angels have had quite the offseason so far, rounding out their roster with a group of players who will help them towards their quest for the playoffs.

However, there are still three names out on the free agency market that make too much sense for the LA Angels. These three players could turn thee Halos from threats to make the postseason, into threats in the postseason.

Gio Gonzalez

Last year, the Milwaukee Brewers were one of the biggest surprises in baseball, being just one win away from the World Series. A big part of that playoff push was MVP Christian Yelich, but acquiring Gio Gonzalez at the deadline was another big factor in their playoff push.

Now a free agent, Gonzalez makes a lot of sense for an Angels team that has already bolstered their rotation with Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill this offseason. And while the rotation seems set for the season, the Halos have learned that you can never have too many pitchers in your organization.

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After his trade to the Brewers last season, Gonzalez was an absolute monster on the mound. In five starts after the trade, he dominated hitters with a 2.13 ERA in 25.1 innings. Obviously that is a small sample size, but he showed the entire MLB that he still has a lot of pitching left in him.

Signing Gonzalez would also give the Angels the opportunity to utilize a six man rotation in 2019, which they relied on for stretches of last season. Having six quality starters is tough to do, but adding Gonzalez would make that a reality in Anaheim. And for a team who has seen a plethora of  pitchers hit the disabled list over the past few seasons, a six-man rotation would help ease a lot of durability concerns.

While Gonzalez would likely earn more than a minor league deal, his contract would be very team friendly at this point, fair or not.

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