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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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HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 06: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros reacts after striking out Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to end the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on July 06, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 06: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros reacts after striking out Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to end the sixth inning at Minute Maid Park on July 06, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

1.) Gerrit Cole

Yes, the #1 free agent target for every Angels fan from Anaheim, California to Suwanee, Georgia is my top guy as well. Gerrit Cole is the pipe dream for the Angels front office and their fans alike this offseason.

I mean, if the Angels land Cole, they become more legitimate contenders than they’ve been since 2014. A front line starter who can go deep into games and lead a starting staff is exactly what this team needs.

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They’ll need to open their wallets wide for him, but there’s no reason the Angels can outbid any other team hoping to obtain Cole’s services. They’ll have more than enough money to spend this offseason.

Every time Cole faces the Angels, it seems as if he throws his 112th pitch 99 MPH to strike out his 11th hitter and get through the eighth inning allowing no more than two runs. He shoves the ball right down the Angels’ throat every time he faces his hometown team. How amazing would it be to see him to the same exact thing for years to come, but FOR his hometown team?

If the Angels sign Cole, their entire rotation comes into place very nicely. Obviously Cole is the ace of staff. After him, Shohei Ohtani will rejoin the rotation after rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and restart his two-way career.

Griffin Canning and Andrew Heaney are strong candidates for the middle of the rotation. After them, a collection of names including Jose Suarez, Felix Pena, Patrick Sandoval, JC Ramirez, Dillon Peters, and whoever the Angels possibly bring in via free agency or trade.

The Angels have starting pitching DEPTH. However, they do not have a true ace. Gerrit Cole supplies that, and should be the #1 wish list player for every

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