This offseason has seen the Angels address one of their biggest weaknesses from last summer, pitching. General Manager Perry Minasian has revamped the bullpen while adding Jose Quintana and Alex Cobb to the starting rotation.
Both pitchers can be solid improvements, but neither is the ace the Halos have lacked in recent years. If the Angels choose to add a top of the rotation starter to improve their championship-odds, they should look no further than down the road for Dodgers pitcher David Price.
The Angels trading for Dodgers starting pitcher David Price is a deal that could make sense for both sides.
As we know, the campaign for Trevor Bauer to Anaheim did not work out. Throwing more salt in the wound was Bauer choosing the defending World Series Champions in Chavez Ravine.
Depending on what you value, avoiding $40 million a year might have been for the best, but it proves the Dodgers are not satisfied. They have an ownership and front office willing to do whatever it takes to build a dynasty. This mindset should be admirable for the other 29 teams in Major League Baseball.
While the addition of Bauer adds to an already loaded Dodgers team, it also means one pitcher could be left out of the five-man rotation. The signing pushes the Dodgers over the luxury tax penalty for the second straight season.
The surplus of talented arms brings depth and opens up the possibility of trade scenarios. Our frenemies over at Dodgers Way suggested the Halos should be inquiring about Price, and I would have to agree.
The Dodgers have proven they were capable of winning a World Series without David Price, who opted out of the 2020 season. Price is currently the second-highest-paid player on the roster, which could be more of a reason the Dodgers would trade the former Cy Young winner.
If so, the Angels should be calling for the following reasons.