LA Angels: Three Mid-Rotation Arms To Pair With an Ace

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The LA Angels are going after the biggest names on the free agent market this year, but signing just one big name won’t get this team where it needs to be.

If the LA Angels hope to make the playoffs for the first time since 2014, they need to win the margins as well. This starts and ends with their rotation. They have a competitive group of relievers and position players, but are being held back by their rotation.

While signing an ace to pitch alongside Shohei Ohtani is the priority, these three pitchers would be excellent options to help fill out the rotation for the Halos going into 2020.

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Jake Odorizzi

While he struggled down the line in 2019, Odorizzi would be a perfect option for the Angels’ rotation next season. He won’t break the bank and won’t demand a super long-term deal. A three-year, $45 million deal should be able to get it done.

His strong first half was hampered by a poor season after the All Star break. It’s not quite clear what led to this performance, but even in the second half Odorizzi was not awful, posting a 3.97 ERA. Even if that’s what he gives the Angels over the course of his contract, it would be a huge upgrade from what they’ve had in years past.

He won’t be atop their free agent big board, but Odorizzi could be a solid complementary piece to any big signings this offseason.