LA Angels 3 Step Guide To a Perfect Free Agency
3.) Sign A Mid-Tier Starter (Or Two)
After a potential Cole and Grandal signing, the Angels would have spend approximately $55 million. In this hypothetical, that means $20-25 million left to fill out their rotation.
While they could try and use those resources to sign a pitcher such as Hyun-Jin Ryu (who would be a perfect fit for the Angels), the Angels might be better off using that money towards two mid-rotation arms.
If the Angels could sign Dallas Kuechel to a 4-year, $72 million deal and a 3-year, $24 million deal for Michael Wacha would give the Angels an absolutely lethal rotation. Kuechel proved himself as a reliable #2 or #3 pitcher for any rotation last season, and has earned the multi-year deal he wanted last winter.
Michael Wacha is a bit of a bounce back candidate as a starting pitcher. He’s struggled recently, so the Angels should be able to get him at a discounted rate to serve in the backend of their rotation for the next few years.
So, overall, what this three step guide does is fill the Angels’ biggest holes. A rotation of Gerrit Cole, Shohei Ohtani, Dallas Kuechel, Griffin Canning, Andrew Heaney, and Michael Wacha pitching your Yasmani Grandal sounds absolutely devastating for opposing teams.
While this plan doesn’t involve signing a free agent reliever or two, that’s intentional. Billy Eppler has proven to be extremely efficient at finding bullpen help via both homegrown talent and through waiver funds such as Hansel Robles, who won the Angels’ annual award given to their best pitcher in 2019.
So Billy Eppler, Joe Maddon, and Arte Moreno…get it done.