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LA Angels: 3 reasons to pursue a Jameson Taillon trade

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - MAY 01: Jameson Taillon #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 01, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - MAY 01: Jameson Taillon #50 of the Pittsburgh Pirates delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 01, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
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Jameson Taillon (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

The Pittsburgh Pirates have more than one starting pitcher that could help the LA Angels starting rotation this offseason.

As the new year begins, everybody sets out their resolutions. They could include things like eating better, starting a new gym routine, or a new hobby. For Angels fans, the hope was that the team would have a New Year’s resolution of obtaining quality starting pitching, but two weeks into 2021 and all is quiet on that front.

Of course, everything has been quiet since the Padres landed Blake Snell and Yu Darvish at the end of December. The Hot Stove has started up again with the trade of Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco to the Mets.

It’s no secret that new general manager Perry Minasian is looking to target quality starting pitching to help this team get back to the playoffs. The Trevor Bauer-narrative has been said enough, so I don’t have to dive too far into that. Here at Halo Hangout we also looked at the possibility of making a big-time trade for Reds stud Luis Castillo.

Additionally, we also looked at making a trade with the Pirates for starting pitcher Joe Musgrove. While that would be a great move for the team, today I would like to look in a different direction with the Angels going after Musgrove’s teammate, Jameson Taillon.

The Pirates finished with the worst record in the majors last year and have proven to be sellers by trading off one of their best players in Josh Bell. Bell, currently 28-years old and is under control through the 2022 season. Taillon, 29-years old is in a similar situation and under control through 2022 as well, making him a perfect target.

Taillon has a history of Tommy John surgeries and hasn’t pitched since the 2019 season. Still, the right-hander could be a perfect target for the Angels to help the team both in the present and the future.

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