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.