LA Angels: 3 New Year’s resolutions for the 2021 season

Joe Maddon, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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With the new year upon us, the Angels could have some New Years Resolutions as a team that they should hope to complete with the 2021 season.

Happy New Year to everyone out there! As many of you do, the Angels also have some resolutions that they would like to see addressed in 2021. Their fans do, too. Let’s take a look at three resolutions the Angels have for the 2021 season.

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One of the Angels resolutions can come early as the off-season drags on and the team is still without a true ace in the starting rotation. Two trading options in Blake Snell and Yu Darvish have both went to the San Diego Padres as they look to take dethrone the World Series Championship Dodgers, so this leaves the Angels looking for other options as when it comes to a trade, it will come down to how other teams value the Angels farm system.

They could go back to the Cincinnati Reds and try to string another trade in either Sonny Gray or Luis Castillo, but this would require a much bigger haul than what they dealt for reliever Raisel Iglesias.

They could also go to the free agent market and try to find their key starter there, however, other than Trevor Bauer, there isn’t too much to like as the rest of mostly tier 2 or 3 starters. It was reported by Jon Heyman, that teams were suggesting that Bauer is seeking a 5 or 6-year deal worth around $36M to $40M per year.

While Bauer was dominant in the shortened season, the asking price might be too much, he is asking for Mike Trout money as Trout is making $37.7M per year. Either way, the Angels window for acquiring an elite ace to the 2021 rotation is getting smaller, and Angels general manager, Perry Minasian, might have to get more aggressive should they want to land a top of the rotation starter.