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LA Angels: 3 dream pitchers that can quickly help fix the rotation next year

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander celebrates the 3-0 win against the Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of the ALDS in Oakland, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013.
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander celebrates the 3-0 win against the Oakland Athletics in Game 5 of the ALDS in Oakland, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Justin Verlander
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Sonny Gray
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

The LA Angels have a starting rotation problem.

The fans have been calling for it to end for far too long now, and Perry Minasian needs to fix this right now.

He went all out in the draft, drafting all pitchers. He now needs to continue prioritizing pitching in the offseason, no matter what it takes. There are plenty of great arms on the free agent market, and one I really like in particular potentially on the trade block.

No. 3 dream pitcher that can quickly help fix the LA Angels’ rotation next year: Sonny Gray

Sonny Gray is a key trade target for the LA Angels this offseason, and needs to be pursued if the Halos have a tough time acquiring guys in free agency.

Gray had a rough end to his career in New York, but has improved his play with the change of scenery he got in going to Cincinnati. In Cincy, he’s posted a 3.49 ERA and a 1.154 WHIP. He recorded a 136 ERA+, and is actually a much cheaper option than either of the next two that will be in this article.

Gray is owed $10.2 million if the Angels go out and bring him here. Also, we don’t even have to bring him back if he fails in 2022 (which isn’t likely anyway). We can just turn down the $12 million club option.

This would be a low-risk move.

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