The LA Angels have many free agents on the team right now, and therefore have many important decisions to make right away.
The Halos have a lot of money to spend this offseason, but that number could go down depending on which guys they bring back. Therefore, they’re only going to bring guys back on great value.
Not everyone will be back, but many will.
A.J. Ramos (Relief Pitcher): Stays in Anaheim
A.J. Ramos will be back for the Angels next year. In obviously limited action this year, he did his job; giving up no hits or runs in four games (4.2 innings pitched).
Ramos is a former All-Star who’s overall had a pretty good career. He has a lifetime ERA of 3.04, and will be pretty cheap again this offseason.
He’s a veteran guy who’s proven that he can have success in both leagues. Not many relief pitchers on the Angels can say that.
Luke Bard (Relief Pitcher): Leaves Anaheim
Luke Bard isn’t worth re-signing. He obviously didn’t play this year due to season-ending hip surgery, so he didn’t have a chance to prove himself. That being said, he hasn’t really performed very well in the opportunities that he has had in his career so far.
Bard has taken the mound in 46 games, and has an ERA of 5.05. The Halos haven’t tried starting him since 2019, so he’s not much of an option there. The bullpen’s bad, but there are better options than Bard this offseason.