The Angels have been relatively quiet about their plans this offseason, but now there’s nothing to say. They’re showing with their attendance at his workout that they are obviously interested in bringing Verlander to Anaheim next season.
Unfortunately, there’s going to be some competition.
That’s expected, however, as Verlander is of course one of the best starting pitchers of all time, owning multiple AL Cy Young awards and an AL MVP.
The LA Angels should absolutely be going after Justin Verlander this offseason.
Justin Verlander is coming off of a serious injury of course, but he needs to be one of the top free agents that the LA Angels go after.
They can pay for him. They have enough money to sign any one particular free agent they want, and still have enough money to attack other needs on the roster as well. Having an owner worth $3.6 billion is fun, as long as he is truly willing to spend.
And he should. In particular, he needs to do his due diligence on Verlander. If he’s going to be healthy for next year, it’s worth the risk.
If there’s anyone to trust in this situation, it’s Verlander. The last time he was healthy for a full season, he won his second Cy Young. He went to a second straight All-Star Game, and has played on eight All-Star teams over the course of his career.
In his last two full seasons (2018 and 2019), Verlander recorded a 2.55 ERA with a 37-15 record. He posted an incredible 0.851 WHIP and an absurd 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He only walked 1.6 batters per nine innings, which is extremely impressive.
If there’s anyone to take a chance on after an injury, it’s Verlander.
Very few free agents are ever perfect. Just because Verlander isn’t a perfect option doesn’t mean that the Angels need to avoid him. He’s worth taking the chance on.