LA Angels: 3 reasons to pursue James Paxton in free agency
By Daniel Preciado
James Paxton’s upside is so high and it makes him so much more attractive that his cost of acquisition will be very low. I would expect Paxton to receive a one year contract in the range of $4-5 million dollars, which really will not hurt the Angels. I think that he could be one of the best cheap options for his upside.
If Paxton does not live up to his upside, the short term contract and small dollar amount should not be that big of a deal and would be very swallowable for the Angels. The Angels are needing the cheap upside of a Paxton type of pitcher, like I said he would slot into the rotation extremely well and in theory would benefit from becoming an Angel. The Angels should be in on Paxton because of their need for cheap rotation help and left handed starters.
This really feels like it could become a perfect fit for Paxton to succeed and help the Angels break their six year postseason drought. The Angels can finally supply their amazing hitting core with some high upside arms at a low cost monetarily. The Angels would also not have to give up any of their top young players, like Jo Adell or Reid Detmers.
The Angels have win-now aspirations with the best player in baseball in Mike Trout and James Paxton could become a great option to help get the Angels and Mike Trout into the postseason, which is what we all want to see. James Paxton could be one of a few pitching pieces that the Angels bring in this offseason to help their hitting core and win a weakening AL West.
Paxton provides great upside for very low risk based on cost. If there is one thing that we all want to see, is the Angels succeed and supply their great hitting core with some pitching help.