Angels Rumors: Top 5 free agent relievers who should be signed
Roberto Osuna comes with controversy, but he can still be effective for the Angels.
Another pitcher coming off a season-ending injury, Roberto Osuna would be an interesting bullpen option for the Angels.
Osuna has been one of baseball’s best relievers since making his MLB debut in 2015. The right-hander found himself in hot-water following domestic violence allegations in 2018, where he was suspended 75-games. He was never proven guilty, but it’s left a bad taste in people’s mouths.
It’s unknown if Minasian and the organization would factor in these allegations when looking for relief help. Regardless, Osuna’s on-the-field performances will be enough for a team to sign him this offseason.
Roberto Osuna Last Three Seasons (3.6 WAR):
- 2018: (38 games) 2.37 ERA 8.00 K/BB 0.974 WHIP
- 2019: (66 games) 2.63 ERA 6.08 K/BB 0.877 WHIP
- 2020: (4 games) 2.08 ERA 3 K 0 BB 0.692 WHIP
Osuna made $10 million (non-prorated) with the Astros last season. Given a partially torn UCL which ended his 2020 campaign, that will likely play a role in how much the right-hander gets paid this upcoming season. Osuna is attempting to rehab and pitch through the injury rather than opting for Tommy John surgery.
Still only 25-years old, Osuna carries a lot of upside on the field, holding MLB’s third-best WHIP (0.900) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.33) among pitchers with at least 200 innings since 2015.
If the Angels don’t sign any of the mentioned relievers, it wouldn’t be the end of the world because there are still some solid options to choose from. Though these five candidates are amongst the highest WAR3 players not just for pitchers, but every available free agent.
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It’s still too early to tell what Minasian is planning to spend more money on, relievers or starting pitchers. We should know whenever he decides to bring in a player of either position, whenever that may be.