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Angels Rumors: Halos interested in multiple free-agent relievers

CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 30: Closing pitcher Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the ninth inning of Game Two of the American League Wild Card Series against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on September 30, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Yankees defeated the Indians 10-9. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 30: Closing pitcher Brad Hand #33 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the ninth inning of Game Two of the American League Wild Card Series against the New York Yankees at Progressive Field on September 30, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Yankees defeated the Indians 10-9. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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As of today, the Angels are still in need of another starting pitcher, possibly an outfielder, and the addition of another reliever would give the team a dominant bullpen.

The Halos signed left-handed starter Jose Quintana on Tuesday. Realistically, this gives the team a starter who will eat innings and keep the Halos in ballgames, but Quintana is no more than a No. 3 starter in a majority of rotations.

Whether or not general manager Perry Minasian and the Angels will go after an arm for the rotation remains to be seen. Trevor Bauer is the free agent linked to the Halos all offseason, and recently MLB Insider Jon Heyman believed the Angels were the favorites.

Should the Angels spend the majority of their payroll on another starter or reliever?

Following the Quintana signing, the Angels have an estimated ~$24 million left on their 2021 payroll before they hit the luxury tax penalty. Signing either Hand or Soria would shrink that number, and unless Bauer is playing for peanuts or free, it would likely eliminate him playing for the Angels next season.

I don’t think any team in the league is willing to pay Bauer a record-breaking type of deal, at least in this offseason. There is a possibility Bauer can take a one-year deal, ~$20 million, and gamble on a possible record contract next offseason.

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If this is the case and the Angels don’t sign Hand or Soria, there is still a chance the Angels sign Bauer and a low-cost reliever.

It comes down to whether or not the Angels will value the rest of their payroll for multiple impact players or one.

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