Predicting LA Angels Opening Day Roster: Post Winter Meetings Edition
In my first edition of predicting what their Opening Day roster may look like, I too anticipated the LA Angels adding a star pitcher to the fold. As we all know, that isn’t how this went down thus far. While there’s still time for the Angels to add more starters, it won’t be anyone of the ace variety.
So, without further ado, our second edition of predicting the LA Angels Opening Day roster, this time with some more certainty.
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- RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani
- RHP Julio Teheran
- LHP Andrew Heaney
- RHP Dylan Bundy
- RHP Griffin Canning
- Patrick Sandoval
While I wish this list of six starters was different, this is what it seems the Angels will wind up with. There is still definitely room for them to add more help (a David Price trade makes a lot of sense), but these six pitchers seem like the best bets to be in the rotation.
The first four names are locks to be there. Injuries are the only thing that could keep Ohtani and the three veteran starters from the starting rotation come Opening Day. After them, Griffin Canning seems like a lock, but I’m not ready to guarantee a spot for him yet.
The real competition will come to the sixth spot. Patrick Sandoval finished 2019 very strong, and offers the potential to be a solid rotation piece come 2020. However, he’d likely be the first man out should the Angels acquire a pitcher via trade or free agency.