No. 1 player not given the Qualifying Offer that the LA Angels should pursue: Anthony DeSclafani
The reason Anthony DeSclafani needs to be No. 1 on this list for the LA Angels is because we know he’s not going to cost as much as Rodon or Kershaw, he’s more durable than Rodon and Kershaw, and he’s younger than Kershaw too.
And besides, while DeSclafani has had an up-and-down career, he’s certainly pitching with a lot of momentum right now. He had a 3.17 ERA this season (13-7) with a 1.091 WHIP. That ERA and record is much better than Kershaws’, and he started 31 games this year compared to Kershaw’s 22.
I’d take the cheaper player who’s multiple years younger, who’s been more available, and who’s been the better pitcher this year.
It’s close, and all three of these guys would be good options for the middle of our rotation. None of them should be picked up to be an Ace, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be part of our plans.