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LA Angels: 6 low-risk, high-reward starting pitchers that need to be Halos

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James Paxton, New York Yankees (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
James Paxton, New York Yankees (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 21: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 21: Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on August 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Trade Options

Jon Gray, Rockies

The Rockies selected Jon Gray with the 3rd overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft with the hopes of him being the anchor to the Rockies rotation for years to come. Like so many other pitchers who’ve come and gone through Colorado over the years, “Coors-Canaveral” has proven to be too much for Gray to handle.  With a very evident electric arm still in his arsenal, a change of scenery could be exactly what Gray needs to turn his career around. With only one year left until free agency, Gray should come at an extremely affordable price.

Blake Snell, Rays

The 2018 Cy Young award winner has been rumored to be available from the economically conscious Rays front office. With 3 young stud outfielders on the verge of breaking out of the Angels minor league system (or having just broken out in the case of Adell), the Angels can afford to take a gamble on Snell’s affordable contract by shipping off either Brandon Marsh, Jo Adell, or Jordyn Adams to TB. After singing a team-friendly 5 yr, $50M contract in 2019, Snell has 3 yrs and $40.8M left on his contract – a very reasonable number considering the kind of money that is expected to be thrown at very comparable Trevor Bauer this off-season. Snell has the innings, success, and post-season experience that the Angels need.

Sonny Gray, Reds

Sonny Gray in Cincinnati has looked like the Sonny Gray of Oakland, after an abysmal stint with the Yankees in 2017 & 2018. Perhaps the Reds showing faith in him to the tune of a 3 yr, $32M deal motivated him to be the pitcher that finished 7th in Cy Young voting in 2019. With 2 yrs and just over $20M left on his contract, the Reds could potentially be looking to off load his contract just as they did with their closer, Raisel Iglesias. Considering the extremely modest package that it took to land Iglesias, the Angels could look to plug Gray into the top of their rotation for a low-risk package.

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