The LA Angels need starting pitching this offseason, and need a lot of it.
It’s what’s been plaguing the Angels since the start of their seven consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance. The good thing, however, is that the Angels have the money to fix that rotation, and they have the resources available to get it done too.
Plenty of high-level starters are available via free agency. Max Scherzer is available, Justin Verlander is available, Robbie Ray is available, Clayton Kershaw is available, and those are just a few of the top free agent starting pitching names. There’s another big name that many fans have been discussing and have had interest in, and he seems to have interest as well.
Marcus Stroman said that he and the LA Angels “could be a great fit.”
LA Angels fan ‘porkchopper995’ on Twitter expressed to Marcus Stroman that he’d be interested in Stroman coming to the Halos. Stroman expressed that he could see that fit working.
Some have speculated on whether the New York native would want to leave the Mets, however he clearly sees potential with this fit.
Stroman has pitched in the AL before, posting a 47-45 record while pitching to a 3.76 ERA in 135 games (129 starts). He’s become even better since then, recording a 3.21 ERA in 44 starts with the Mets. He recorded the best WHIP of his career this season (not counting his 2015 four-start season) at 1.145, and had the best ERA of his career (again, not counting his 2015 four-start season) at 3.02.
He’s a guy who would come in and immediately be the second-best starter on our team, with the potential to be the first. Making under $19 million last year, he’d want more, but wouldn’t be expensive enough to the point where we wouldn’t be able to sign him and still bring in another big name too.
In that case, we could end up going into the season with Stroman as our No. 3 starter. It doesn’t get much better than that, and we just may enter next season as the favorites for the division if that ends up being the case.