LA Angels 2021 spring training guide: predicting the starting rotation

By Alfonso Cerna
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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Dylan Bundy, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

As the Angels continue their first week of official spring training workouts, let’s run through an updated version of the potential 2021 starting rotation.

The Halos staff received some upgrades this winter with Alex Cobb and Jose Quintana, who previously pitched for manager Joe Maddon in their careers.

Among the returning starters will be Dylan Bundy, Andrew Heaney, and Griffin Canning. Maddon also confirmed two-way player Shohei Ohtani would get some looks on the mound if all goes well this spring.

Will the current group of starting pitchers be enough for the Angels to compete this season?

There’s a slight chance the Halos could sign Jake Odorizzi in the next few weeks, but I wouldn’t count on that barring injuries or ineffectiveness in spring. Something else to keep in mind is a possible trade for a starter like David Price or Sonny Gray, but that probably wouldn’t be until later on in the season if the Angels are contending and need help on the mound.

Considering 80 percent of their starters will be free agents next winter (Bundy, Heaney, Cobb, Quintana), the Angels will look at other players this spring who could have an impact in the near future.