LA Angels: 4 biggest questions of the offseason answered by HH staff

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Oct 17, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) cycles through a pitch during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves in game two of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3 biggest question of the offseason: If you’re Minasian, who is the No. 1 SP you’re doing everything to acquire?

David Rice, Contributor:

“The pitcher I would go after is Robbie Ray and Ryu as both could be really good for a few years to come.

Max Scherzer is a good option but I think he might get overpriced especially if Dodgers win World Series.”

Jacob Cisneros, Contributor:

“I’m going against the grain in this one and taking Carlos Rodon. While I understand he’s had issues with injuries and his last start in the postseason was awful, I think that his stuff is really good and he could be one of the more affordable starting pitchers on the market. That being said, I would just be fearful if he takes the QO (qualifying offer) and doesn’t hit the market.”

Zach Levine, Contributor:

“With top prize Max Scherzer likely out of reach, it’d be best to focus on getting one of the other (and younger) starters available. Ideally, we’d sign two experienced veterans here, namely a co-ace in Marcus Stroman and a solid mid-level lefty in Alex Wood. Stroman is a no brainer, coming off the best season of his career, while Wood had his best season since his All-Star 2017 campaign. If they’re valued appropriately, both can be signed for a combined total of around $30 million/year.”

Craig Tyson Adams, Contributor:

“Mad Max obviously. Gausman for sure. Ray is fragile.

Stroman is from Queens. I think he stays a Met. I’d take a shot at Verlander and Greinke. Cueto, Kluber; they will contribute and be mentors for the young guys.”

Bradley Senecal, Contributor:

“The pitcher that the Angels should go after is Marcus Stroman in the free agent market. Stroman is coming off one of his best seasons in a prove-it type year on a Qualifying Offer, and will be looking to cash in.

The main pull for Stroman is his attitude and compete level along with his talent. The team has great pieces in Trout, Rendon and Ohtani but doesn’t have that vocal leader who can get everyone’s attention. Stroman is known for sometimes being outspoken but will bring the winning attitude to the club. As a side note for players to look at is Tyler Glasnow from Tampa Bay, but seeing as he is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery he won’t be able to immediate help the Halos.”

Evan Desai, Editor:

“I’m throwing everything I can at Max Scherzer. I get that he’s older, but he’s shown quite literally no signs of slowing down at all. He’s become an even better pitcher since the trade to LA, and likes this area.

If things don’t work out, I like Kevin Gausman, Robbie Ray and Marcus Stroman. Those three are hot right now, and while I’m also interested in Justin Verlander, that may be a bit of a risk to go with someone who’s coming off of a serious injury like that”