No. 1 biggest question of the offseason: Who should the LA Angels look for with bullpen help this offseason?
David Rice, Contributor:
“I like Petit; he would be great in a set up role. I think Oliver Ortega could be good as well as Warren. Definitely need to resign Iglesias; our best closer since K-Rod”
Jacob Cisneros, Contributor:
“In the bullpen, I might receive some pushback. I think if the price goes too high, then they don’t re-sign Iglesias. I always believed that relievers are too volatile and would be scared if hitters start figuring out Iglesias next year. Possibly guys like Corey Knebel and Daniel Norris make a little more sense to me.”
Zach Levine, Contributor:
“Priority one is resigning Iglesias. As for other returners, I actually think Mike Mayers and Steve Cishek did well enough this year that I would bring both back for a low price and use them as low-leverage innings eaters. Beyond them, getting a couple of effective 7th and 8th inning guys to serve as setup men to Iglesias are a must. For around $5 million each, Mychal Givens and Hector Neris fit this bill perfectly, without breaking the bank.”
Craig Tyson Adams, Contributor:
“Keep Cishek, Mayers and Iglesias, he’s earned it. Aaron Loup, they’d have to overpay. Brad Hand.”
Bradley Senecal, Contributor:
“First off the major need is to retain Rasiel Iglesias, easily the most important move of the offseason.
Looking at the rest of the current pen, Mike Mayers had a great end to the season after a rough start so his strikeout stuff is important moving forward. Steve Cishek has a lot of value and would be nice to see at a low deal. Austin Warren and Jose Marte are two players I am super excited for in the future and I hope they secure roles. Lastly Kendall Graveman is a guy I would love to see come in through free agency and could really put the bullpen in a comfortable position going into the season.”
Evan Desai, Editor:
“Re-signing Raisel Iglesias is a no-brainer, and there’s no excuses to not get that done. A lot of our other pitchers are replaceable with the exceptions of Steve Cishek and Mike Mayers. So I feel no loyalties to anyone except those three.
As far as external options, I like Kendall Graveman, Kenley Jansen, and Brad Hand. I like Craig Kimbrel of course, too, but the White Sox could easily just pick up his option and make that not a possibility for us.”
The Angels are going to need to kill the offseason if they want to win this division, which needs to be the goal for next year.