Who are the candidates for the Angels’ six-man rotation?

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The Los Angeles Angels will utilize a six-man rotation in 2020, so we explore the candidates to make the squad for the MLB season.

Fans that know anything about Angels’ manager Joe Maddon know that he is a man that is prone to unconventional thinking. He’s built a career as one of the brightest managers in the game by thinking outside the box, both in regard to his on-field strategies and his handling of players. When the Angels signed Maddon for a return engagement at the helm of the Halos, the team bought into processes and mentality.

With the announcement of the 2020 season beginning at the end of July, it didn’t take long for Maddon to hand down his first idiosyncratic doctrine for his newest squad.

Earlier Wednesday, while updating the media on the health of pitcher Shohei Ohtani the topic turned to how Maddon and his coaches intend to handle the two-way star. Ohtani, who is making his long-awaited return to the mound after Tommy John surgery in 2018, is fully expected to be ready to go when the season begins and will be worked in as both a starting pitcher and a hitter.

Like his predecessors, Maddon intends to deploy Ohtani on the mound only once per week. However, to make that work, the Angels will likely utilize a six-man rotation, as relayed by Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic. While the expanded rosters will certainly aid in that plan, it still feels a bit unorthodox for an Angels team that has struggled to put together a consistent five-man staff due to various injuries.

So based on that thought, we thought it would be prudent to see who makes up a six-man rotation for the Angels. There are certainly some that are more cemented than others, but the Halos have plenty of options on a fairly versatile staff.