2.) Sign Yasmani Grandal
Besides starting pitching, the biggest hole for the Angels is their catching spot. As of now, Max Stassi and Kevan Smith would likely share starting duties. And name recognition alone tells us that Grandal is a far better option.
2019 was another absolutely stellar season for Grandal. After being shorted in free agency last season, he proved himself and should earn the long-term deal he’s been waiting for.
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Any team who hopes to sign the long-time Dodgers’ backstop will have to pay up to the $20 million region. The Angels should be more than willing to do so, especially with their payroll expanding.
Grandal, although already 31 by the end of November, deserves a 3-4 year deal as much as any other catcher in the MLB. It’s relatively easy to make the case for Grandal as a Top 3 catcher in the league, and he’ll cash in because of it.
Grandal would give Cole and the rest of the Angels’ rotation one of the best pitch framers in baseball along with a solid arm to throw runners out.
On offense, a Grandal signing would give the Halos one of the best batting orders 1-9 in the entire league. When healthy last season, the Halos’ lineup was one of the best in baseball already. However, a glaring hole in production from the catcher position kept their name away from the most elite teams (Yankees, Astros, Rays, etc.).
A Grandal signing would put the Angels right there with those teams.