While the Angels hunt for big free agents this offseason, they will miss on some.
This is a very pivotal offseason for the Angels as they must make a decision to either go all in and try to get into contention or play .500 ball once again and miss out on another October. This year’s free agent class is unique. It lacks the top-flight star power that teams salivate over, but it features a myriad of second-level stars, some that we will discuss later on in this article.
This is not a winter that includes the Bryce Harper and Manny Machado types of the world, but the Angels shouldn’t necessarily be in that business anyways. They already have two of the most gifted hitters in the league and with the exception of Trevor Bauer, there are no true game-changing starting pitchers on the open market. This puts the Angels in a unique position in a unique offseason. While the free agent market might be the easiest market to address needs on, they could work the trade market as well.
Not to beat a dead horse, but the Angels do in fact need help desperately on the pitching side. Shohei Ohtani and Dylan Bundy can be solid starters when healthy, but after that, there are more question marks. The bullpen isn’t necessarily a strong suit either as the Angels’ relievers put together the 17th best ERA in the sport. They need some help. Good thing there are relievers on the market to fill those needs.
However, there are simply needs that other teams have that the Angels already have addressed. The more teams of that ilk, the less competition the Halos will have for the players they opt to vie for.
Let’s discuss five players that the Angels will very likely not land this winter.