The LA Angels‘ starting rotation has been disappointing this year.
It’s not completely their fault, as Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway let them down by getting suspended and fired for sexual harassment.
Because of the starters’ performance this year, the Halos were interested in trading for Max Scherzer at the trade deadline. It didn’t end up happening, but don’t rule it out as a future possibility.
MLB Network’s Jon Heyman said that the LA Angels will be in on Max Scherzer this winter.
Jon Heyman talked about the LA Angels’ future pursuit of Max Scherzer on the network.
A freeway showdown for Scherzer would be nuts. The Dodgers have the most money in baseball, and the Angels have an owner in Arte Moreno worth $3.5 billion. There’s a lot of money that both teams can pay Scherzer.
As of Friday, the Angels starting rotation has produced the ninth-worst ERA in baseball (4.71), the fourth-most walks per nine innings in baseball (3.58), as well as the fourth-highest walk percentage in baseball (9.2%).
Max Scherzer, on the other hand, is 11th in the Majors in ERA (2.67), fourth in strikeouts per nine rate (12.09), fifth in batting average against (.184), and is tied for the best WHIP in the game (0.89).
He’d be huge for the Angels rotation. Having both the 2021 NL All-Star Game starter to go along with the 2021 AL All-Star Game starter would immediately give Anaheim one of the best rotations in the AL.
Scherzer very well could be interested, as he has already shown that he’s willing to come to Anaheim at the deadline, and he’s clearly into the city of LA in general. He prioritized our region over anything at the deadline, and we’d have dibs over most teams.
The Angels could even plead their case a bit by going on a run here with about seven or so weeks left. If Mike Trout can eventually come back from injury, they’ll be able to win many games here as the season comes to a close.