No. 1 bold offseason move the LA Angels need to win the 2022 World Series: Trade for Chris Bassitt
Chris Bassitt had an All-Star year, and would be the perfect trade candidate right now for the LA Angels.
First, we'd of course be swiping him from a divisional rival in the Oakland Athletics. Second, he's a great pitcher.
In these last two seasons, Bassitt has recorded a 2.90 ERA and a 142 ERA+. He looks outstanding, and posted a 1.085 WHIP in that time.
Taking on a contract like this is something we do have the money for, as we haven't signed any big contracts this offseason after the Noah Syndergaard deal.
The Angels were rumored to be in on Bassitt according to Jim Bowden of CBS Sports. The package is going to be difficult, as the Halos seem to have shown reluctance to trading either Jo Adell or Brandon Marsh in the past. Considering that they're getting pitching in return for this trade, they could perhaps trade some of their young pitching talent away in the deal.
The hardest part in making this happen will certainly be configuring the compensation they are to trade over, but I wouldn't be surprised if the Angels go out and make a deal like this.
They were rumored to be in on multiple major arms in the rotation, and have only signed one. This offseason's not over, and this franchise still has a chance to make a run at the trophy in 2022.