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LA Angels: 3 players to fill a need in starting pitching

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Sep 30, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) delivers a pitch against New York Yankees in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports /

The LA Angels have a dire need for starting pitching.

They’ve had that for a while now. It’s so obviously keeping the Angels out of contention, and needs to be addressed.

And don’t be surprised if it does end up being addressed. Perry Minasian is the same guy who just used every draft pick he had on pitchers.

There are so many great free agent options at the position this offseason. It’s time for the Angels to make a move.

No. 3 player to fill a need in starting pitching for the LA Angels: Robbie Ray

Robbie Ray may be the 2021 Cy Young Award winner, and could provide a major boost for the LA Angels’ rotation.

Ray was dominant this season, going 13-7 with a 2.84 ERA. That was the best ERA of his career, and he also had the best WHIP of his career at 1.045.

He only walked 2.4 batters per nine innings, and struck out 11.5. He led the Majors with 248 strikeouts, and has drastically improved following his rough 2020 campaign.

He’s coming into this season with a lot of momentum. He already improved after he left the Arizona Diamondbacks mid-season last year, and he took his game to another level this year.

He’ll cost a lot more than the $8 million he cost this past year, but he still likely won’t be the most expensive starter on the market. He needs to be under serious consideration.

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