Signing one or more of these free agent relievers would give the Angels one of the best bullpens in the league.
The offseason reliever market is heating up, and the Angels need to act soon before they are left picking from the scraps. Luckily, there are still a solid group of names to choose from.
Following the Liam Hendriks and Archie Bradley signings this week, the rest of the league has now begun to negotiate with available players and their agents accordingly. The Angels can also cross Brad Hand off their list, as the lefty is reportedly nearing a deal with the Mets.
It’s no secret the Angels need to add starting pitchers as well. Regardless of what general manager Perry Minasian decides to improve first, he will need to bring in help for both the rotation and bullpen at some point. Both areas need to be a strength, it doesn’t matter how dominant one or the other is. If one area is lacking, your team will lose. If you don’t believe me ask the Tampa Bay Rays.
Los Angeles improved their ‘pen by trading for closer Raisel Iglesias last month, but the team can still use another arm or two.
Angels Active Relievers (2020 Statistics):
- RHP Raisel Iglesias (22 games) 2.74 ERA 0.913 WHIP
- RHP Ty Buttrey (27 games) 5.81 ERA 1.405 WHIP
- LHP Alex Claudio (20 games) 4.26 ERA 1.263 WHIP
- RHP Mike Mayers (29 games) 2.10 ERA 0.900 WHIP
- RHP Felix Pena (25 games) 4.05 ERA 1.313 WHIP
- LHP Patrick Sandoval (9 games) 5.65 ERA 1.336 WHIP
- RHP Luke Bard (6 games) 6.75 ERA 1.313 WHIP
- RHP Jose Alberto Rivera DNP
This group is far from dominant, but there is still a solid foundation to build on. If the team adds one or two of the following arms, this bullpen has the potential to be one of the best in the league.