No. 2 problem area the LA Angels desperately need to fix this offseason: The bullpen
Even as an LA Angels fan, it was pretty hard to not laugh at how bad the bullpen was last year.
The Angels’ bullpen posted the seventh-worst ERA of any Major League squad last year (4.57), the tenth-most walks per nine innings (4.04), and the sixth-worst WHIP (1.40).
Other than Raisel Iglesias and Steve Cishek, it’s hard to think of many quality relievers on this team. And Iglesias is outstanding. He’s established himself as one of the best relievers in baseball.
He can’t carry an entire bullpen, however, so the Angels need to act and act quickly.
Available in free agency this offseason are relief pitchers like Kenley Jansen, Brad Hand, and even Craig Kimbrel if the White Sox turn down his option to save money.
The bullpen needs to be prioritized. It should even be prioritized over any position in the lineup, including shortstop.
We have plenty of offense and offensive potential on the cards for next year, and need to focus this offseason on pitching. That includes the relievers, and moves need to be made as soon as free agency starts.