Toronto Blue Jays
When the LA Angels non-tendered Matt Shoemaker last season and watched him go to the Toronto Blue Jays, it was a sad reality (especially considering he was replaced by Matt Harvey). However, as the Blue Jays go into the second year of their rebuild, the Halos may have a chance to bring back their old friend.
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Shoemaker’s 2019 season started off red-hot. Through his first five starts, he had posted a 1.57 ERA and was allowing fewer hits than he ever had in his career. It was likely an unsustainable rate from the 32-year old, however, we never got to find out.
In his fifth start, Shoemaker tore his ACL during a rundown, and thus ended his season.
While Shoemaker won’t be giving the Angels a sub-2.00 ERA if they trade for him, he’d offer solid pitching. He should be ready to pitch by the time Spring Training rolls around, and could be a piece as the Angels try to stabilize their rotation.
While it’s true Shoemaker has struggled with injuries over the years, perhaps the Angels’ six-man rotation could help him. He’s made just 26 starts over the past three seasons, but maybe this is the turning point for Shoemaker’s health.
It’s risky, but sending two lower-level outfield prospects that fit Toronto’s timeline could get Shoemaker back home in Anaheim. And if he stays healthy, the Angels could add another effective arm to a rotation that needs it.