Also, I Need You To Pick Up: More Starting Pitching
If signing a Cole/Strasburg level pitcher is the equivalent of a Thanksgiving turkey, then the rest of the rotation is the stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy. While the Angels have Shohei Ohtani and Andrew Heaney as two locks in their rotation (along with a large group of youngsters), there’s still an obvious need to fill out their rotation.
I mean, a team doesn’t have one of the worst rotations of all-time if they’re only missing an ace level pitcher. They need more…a lot more.
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And boy, there sure are heaps of talent on the market this offseason. Hyun-Jin Ryu and the Angels seem like an under-the-radar perfect fit, Zack Wheeler is finally out of New York after an impressive season, and Madison Bumgarner will begin his post-San Francisco career. One more name to keep an eye on is Jake Odorizzi, as his archetype is typically what the Angels love.
So this group is the names of pitchers the Angels do not need to sign this offseason. However, much like the aforementioned side dishes, it’ll be blatantly obvious if they’re absent.