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Five Favorite Free Agents for The LA Angels

By Vincent Page
HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 07: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pitches in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park on August 07, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - AUGUST 07: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pitches in the third inning against the Colorado Rockies at Minute Maid Park on August 07, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 17: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – AUGUST 17: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on August 17, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Logan Riely/Getty Images) /

Fans, do not let the LA Angels three game winning streak and series win over the White Sox pull you back in. As Admiral Ackbar once said, it’s a trap!

Instead, why not fast forward with me to the offseason, where the LA Angels will have money to spend and their eyes on an assortment of free agents.

Today we’ll take quick looks at the top five free agents for the Halos. These aren’t your typical “how much they’ll help us” rankings, but instead just how much fun it would be to watch these guys don the white and red in Anaheim.

Notable exclusions:

Hyun Ju Ryu, Zack Wheeler, any high-profile relievers, Yasmani Grandal

For this group of guys, each one could be of significant value for the Halos. However, each has a flaw to their game that would make me extremely wary if I were to sign them in free agency.

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For Ryu, it comes down to the fact he has all the makings of the next extremely overpaid free agent starter. Yes, he’s on pace to have the lowest ERA since the mound was lowered. However, he’s also 32 and will likely command a long-term deal when he hits the open market. Ryu has also never been a strikeout pitcher, and relies largely on his defense which we have seen fail time and time again in Anaheim.

As for Zack Wheeler, I have just never been a personal fan of his. His “breakout” 2019 season has seen him become and average pitcher, and some team is bound to overpay him this offseason. Basically, he’s the kind of guy the Angels usually go after, and I’d like to avoid that this offseason.

The Angels bullpen is good enough to where they don’t have to add any high-profile names. The group has had its struggles recently, but being extremely overworked will do that to any reliever.

Yasmani Grandal would be interesting for the Angels considering their need at catcher and their reported interest in Wilson Ramos last offseason. However, he’ll likely be the highest paid catcher in the game after this season, and the Angels’ money is better spent elsewhere.

Anyways, enough with the guys I don’t want to see play for the Angels (but with my luck, the Halos will sign multiple of them), and onto the guys I would walk a thousand miles to see the Angels sign this winter.

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