The Angels will be in the mix for lots of free agent starting pitching in the coming weeks in an effort to contend.
One thing that all Angel fans would agree on this offseason is the undeniable need for pitching help. Each of the past three years, Angel fans have entered the offseason with the high hopes of adding an ace to the pitching staff, backed consistently by ownership’s enthusiasm and promise to open their checkbooks. Each year, that promise has fallen short.
With the addition of Angels new GM Perry Minasian and his “win-now” attitude, there is reason to believe that this year will be different. Before the turn of the new year, the Angels have already filled two large holes in their opening day roster – acquiring SS Jose Iglesias from the Orioles and closer Raisel Iglesias from the Reds for very modest prospect packages – and can now focus the entirety of their efforts to the pitching staff.
With a slew of different starting pitchers reportedly available this offseason via trade and free agency, here are 3 high reward trade moves and 3 high reward free agent acquisitions that the Angels should make to finally sling-shot Mike Trout and all of his greatness into the playoffs, all while taking on relatively low risk.
Note: Some of the pitchers on this list are bonafide aces, some of them are former top-tier starters, and others are guys who can benefit from a change of scenery. However, they all have one thing in common. They can greatly benefit the Angels.