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3 blockbuster trade targets the LA Angels need to consider this winter

Sep 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) throws a pitch against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Sonny Gray (54) delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.Washington Nationals At Cincinnati Reds Sept 24

No. 2 blockbuster trade target the LA Angels need to consider this winter: Sonny Gray, Cincinnati Reds

Sonny Gray looks like he’s revived his career in Cincinnati. He needed a change of scenery and he got it. The Reds owe him $10.2 million next year.

If the Angels can get a good starter for that price, they should take advantage. The rest of the top starters in free agency are going to cost so much more than that.

Also, if the Angels acquire Gray (and have to acquire his contract), they’ll have a club option for him that they can turn down if they don’t want him past 2022. That option would be for $12 million, and they’d have a year to evaluate him and decide on that.

Gray isn’t coming off of his best year, but was still solid in striking out over 10 batters per nine innings, recording a 1.219 WHIP and a 4.19 ERA.

In these past three years with the Reds, he’s posted a 3.49 ERA to go along with a 1.154 WHIP. He’s worth taking a chance on, as long as we’re not trusting him to be one of our top couple starters.

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