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3 free agents LA Angels should 'overpay' for when lockout ends

Aug 18, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52)
Aug 18, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brad Hand (52) / Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 10, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA;  Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) delivers
Sep 10, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) delivers / Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels haven't been as active in free agency as many fans had hoped, but the offseason's not over.

This MLB lockout has us feeling like the offseason's over, but there will eventually be time to pick up free agents again. While 'overpaying' for free agents isn't the safest practice, some players need to be overpaid due to the state of the free agent market, and what price players/players of those positions are going for. It's important to be selective of who a GM overpays for.

There are three players the Angels desperately need. If they can only acquire them by overpaying, then so be it.

No. 3 free agent the LA Angels should 'overpay' for when lockout ends: Carlos Rodon

Carlos Rodon is someone the LA Angels are reportedly interested in, and I know why.

While Rodon has had durability issues in the past, he was an All-Star last year, and even when those durability issues came back, he returned for the end of the regular season and for the postseason.

The No. 3 overall pick has one of the highest ceilings in the Big Leagues. His season last year proved just that. Going 13-5 with a 2.37 ERA, Rodon was lights out.

He had a 0.957 WHIP, allowed just 6.2 hits per nine innings, and struck out 12.6 batters per nine frames. Recording a 5.14 K/BB ratio, there was a lot to like about his season.

He was a top five Cy Young finisher last year. If Arte Moreno and co. need to overpay a little for a starter like that, then so be it.

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