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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 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (26) throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in game four of the 2021 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (26) throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in game four of the 2021 NLDS at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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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.

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