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3 players not given the Qualifying Offer that the LA Angels should pursue

Oct 17, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw talks in the dugout during the third inning against the Atlanta Braves in game two of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 17, 2021; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw talks in the dugout during the third inning against the Atlanta Braves in game two of the 2021 NLCS at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) works out on the field before game four of the 2021 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) works out on the field before game four of the 2021 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 player not given the Qualifying Offer that the LA Angels should pursue: Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw is still a very good pitcher in this league, but it looked like the LA Angels might have had to overpay for a 33-year-old if they wanted to sign him.

With the Dodgers not offering him the QO, it looks like his price tag may not be as expensive nowadays. If that’s the case, the Angels should absolutely look into a former MVP who’s posted a 3.10 ERA in these last two years.

He’s getting older, but he still averaged 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings, which is the best mark he’s had since his last NL Cy Young season in 2015. He doesn’t have the most polished postseason resume, but for what it’s worth did pitch well in the postseason during the pandemic season. Also, his struggles in the 2017 and 2018 World Series may not have been as bad if he wasn’t being cheated against.

If he’s down to be paid like a middle-of-the-rotation guy, the Angels should keep him in LA.

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