Angels Rumors: Top 5 free agent relievers who should be signed

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The Angels should consider signing Alex Colome, if they can afford him.

Albeit in a shortened season, free-agent reliever Alex Colome is coming off his best year in the big leagues. The right-hander has been one of baseball’s most consistent bullpen arms in his eight years at the Major League level.

Alex Colome Last Three Seasons (3.1 WAR):

  • 2018: (47 games) 2.53 ERA 3.77 K/BB 1.036 WHIP
  • 2019: (62 games) 2.80 ERA 2.39 K/BB 1.066 WHIP
  • 2020: (21 games) 0.81 ERA 2.00 K/BB 0.940 WHIP

Colome came up with the Rays organization in 2007 and spent his first two seasons with former Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon.

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The right-hander pitched in just a handful of games during Maddon’s last two seasons but was considered a top prospect at the time. Colome’s professional career got off to a rocky start and he was suspended 50 games, after testing positive for PEDs just prior to the 2014 season.

Colome redeemed himself and earned an All-Star appearance for Tampa Bay in 2016. It’s safe to say he would have made the team again last summer where he converted 12 of 13 saves for the White Sox.

The biggest question surrounding Colome will be how much money he is looking for this offseason. Colome made $10.533 million (non-prorated) in Chicago last season.

You might not believe it, but one could make the argument Colome has better career numbers in eight seasons (7.5 WAR) than Hendriks has in 10 seasons (4.7 WAR). As we know, Hendriks broke the record as the game’s highest-paid reliever.

Given the trade for Iglesias, it’s likely Colome would be the set-up man or vice versa. Either way, the duo would make for a deadly 1-2 punch at the end of ballgames.