Starting pitching is undeniably the greatest need the LA Angels have heading into 2022.
While this year’s free agent class is rife with excellent options all around, the front office shouldn’t discount what looks to be a red-hot trade market as well.
Leading the way here are the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds, both teams that, by all accounts, are looking to offload some serious pitching talent this winter. German Marquez is on the trade block for the Colorado Rockies, as are Luis Castillo and Sonny Gray from the Reds.
The LA Angels should consider trading for at least one top end starter.
I know many fans are hesitant with any trade proposal, especially when there are several notable free agents available, but with the LA Angels’ window of contention directly linked to the prime years of Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, waiting for prospects to bloom instead of getting immediate talent might not pan out.
This is especially true with a team that has as many holes as the Angels do at the moment, who may not be able to address every single one of them adequately via just free agency.
If the right offer arises, the LA Angels should absolutely trade for a starter from the Rockies or Reds.