So far, there have been four player-additions who Joe Maddon has previously coached in their careers.
The Angels signed outfielder Jon Jay to a minor-league contract on Thursday, so we can add him to the list.
Current Angels Who Previously Played for Maddon:
- LHP Jose Quintana (Cubs 2017-2019)
- RHP Alex Cobb (Rays 2011-2014)
- OF Dexter Fowler (Cubs 2015-2016)
- OF Jon Jay (Cubs 2017)
This is no coincidence, as Minasian has already said the Angels want a ‘certain type’ or player for their clubhouse. While some of these players may be past their primes, each will be great leaders on and off the field. All four of those names played significant roles on playoff teams in their tenures with Maddon. The Halos have made the postseason once in the last 11 seasons, so building a winning-culture is the first step towards a World Series.
From 2008-2014, Price was Maddon’s ace during their time in Tampa Bay. The left-hander put up the best numbers in his career (3.18 ERA 1.142 WHIP) while earning an AL Cy Young award and four All-Star appearances in those seven seasons.
David Price is a proven winner, and that alone brings value to an Angels team that has not won in quite some time.
Price would bring a winning attitude to an Angels team that has not finished above .500 since 2015. The big lefty also carries nine years of postseason experience.
There were struggles for the better part of his playoff career, but Price finally put it all together for the Red Sox in 2018. Price posted a 1.98 ERA and 0.951 WHIP in 13.2 innings during his two wins for Boston in the World Series.
Maybe this current group of starters could give the Angels a chance to reach the postseason, but having a proven ace will take the pressure off inexperienced starters.
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If the ‘price is right’, I don’t see why the Angels shouldn’t take a shot on David Price. Moreno and Minasian can play Moneyball with all of the low-risk moves, but at some point, the Angels will need to roll the dice if they plan on winning a World Series any time soon.