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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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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 26: J.R. House #56 congratulates Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds after his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 26: J.R. House #56 congratulates Yasiel Puig #66 of the Cincinnati Reds after his solo homerun during the fifth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

5.) Dallas Kuechel

This one is extremely unlikely to work out because of the money Kuechel is likely to command on the open market. However, if he has learned from last offseason that he isn’t viewed as a top-tier starter, maybe he can opt instead for a one or two-year deal rather than the long-term contract he was seeking. If the Angels could ink Kuechel for the short-term, or even three years, I’d be ecstatic about the idea of him being the third option in the rotation.

How far I’d walk: Probably not too many miles. Maybe, like, ten?

4.) Yasiel Puig

I know there isn’t a need for an outfielder. I know he wouldn’t exactly fit into the Angels’ philosophy. I know.

I have felt every type of emotion towards Puig. Disdain, love, appreciation, the entire spectrum of love and hate. And I absolutely love this player. Puig plays with his heart on his chest and will go to bat for any player in his clubhouse, no matter what.

Despite it not making any sense for the Angels with Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Brian Goodwin, maybe Kole Calhoun, and Jo Adell on the way, the idea of Yasiel Puig lackadaisically catching a fly ball then gunning down Jose Altuve at home plate is something my own dreams are made of.

How far I’d walk: To Cleveland to pick him up and ride our wild horses westward bound to the Golden Coast.

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