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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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WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 16: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting the game winning RBI double against the Milwaukee Brewers during the eighth inning at Nationals Park on August 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 16: Anthony Rendon #6 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting the game winning RBI double against the Milwaukee Brewers during the eighth inning at Nationals Park on August 16, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /

3.) Madison Bumgarner

I know he isn’t the most popular player due to his anti-bat flip stance, but Madison Bumgarner has really proven himself this year. A tier below the best pitchers available this season, Bumgarner won’t completely break the Angels’ bank if they decide to sign him.

At just 30 years old, Bumgarner has shown no signs of slowing down as a pitcher, and after a couple of fluky injury seasons, he’s right back on track to who he was pre-injury.

How far I’d walk: I would swim the entire coast of California to break him out of whatever the Giants’ ballpark is called now and we would ride his quad all the way back to Anaheim.

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2.) Anthony Rendon

The MLB has more talent at third base in the league now than they’ve ever had. Ultimately, that leaves Anthony Rendon to be slightly underrated. However, he’ll still command top dollar on the market.

The main reason I want Rendon isn’t because of his fit. According to my calculations, the Angels have approximately one hundred league average or better infielders.

Honestly, I want Rendon simply because of how much swagger he’d bring to the Angels. With one of the smoothest swings in the game and a slick glove at third base, Rendon would be an absolute joy to watch.

And imagine a 1-2-3-4 of La Stella, Trout, Rendon, and Ohtani…how beautiful.

How far I’d walk: Rendon has 129 home runs in his career thus far, and you bet your bottom dollar I’d walk ten miles for every single one of those big flies.

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