No. 1 budget free agent that the LA Angels should definitely pursue: Rich Hill
Yes, bringing Rich Hill back to the LA Angels is much different than bringing him in the first time. He's an old man now. But, has age ever stopped him?
It absolutely hasn't, and he's coming off of a good year. Pitching 32 times this season (31 starts), he recorded a 3.86 ERA this past year, with a 1.210 WHIP.
He didn't strike a lot of guys out like he used to, but he stayed durable, which is something he had previously had a tough time doing. He proved exactly what he wanted to prove. He's a guy who can pitch well while staying healthy.
And we can get him for cheap. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post has us landing him and landing him for just $7 million on a one-year deal. I could see it, and I could even see it going for cheaper than that. He played for $2.5 million last year.
And we can use him for the bullpen too if we have to. He's played 130 out of 324 games in his career and averaged 2.2 more strikeouts per nine innings as a reliever (11.4 total).
This offseason's not going to be perfect. Believe it or not, we're not going to land Syndergaard, Scherzer, Robbie Ray, Kenley Jansen, and Craig Kimbrel all in one offseason. We can, however, cash in on some nice value over some budget guys, and need to be looking out for those types of opportunities.