No. 1 former LA Angels player the team should bring back this offseason: Zack Greinke
If the LA Angels can manage to not need to overpay for Zack Greinke, they should look into him.
I know these past two seasons haven’t been particularly Ace-like, but he’s still one of the more trusted arms in the American League. While he shouldn’t be the first starter the Halos target, he should be someone they look into at some point in the offseason.
Sure, he’s about to be 38. He should not be looked at as a long-term option.
The Angels have plenty of young starting arms in the organization that are preparing to be on the Angels’ rotation in the near future, though. We don’t necessarily need guys that will be here for five or six years in free agency.
It would be nice, but by that logic we shouldn’t go after Max Scherzer either, which would be a poor take.
Greinke is still productive, posting a 4.12 ERA these past couple years while only walking 1.7 batters per nine innings and recording a 1.160 WHIP.
We need the superstar pitchers, but we also need other quality and durable ones to fill out the rest of our new rotation. Greinke can be one of those guys.
If the price is right for any of these three guys, we should look into them. It may not all work out, but they’re at least worth looking at.