No. 2 free agent the LA Angels should 'overpay' for when lockout ends: Brad Hand
Brad Hand is worth overpaying for the LA Angels. Overpaying a reliever won't have the same effects on a franchise as overpaying some other positions with high price tags potentially would.
If the Angels can't pull off a trade for a starter, then they may not have all the resources they need to build a strong starting rotation until Chris Rodriguez comes back. They CAN, however, build a strong bullpen with the nearly $40 million they have left in expected payroll. They've already been willing to spend on Raisel Iglesias, and they should continue to spend on the pen.
Hand is a really good pitcher. Even last year, where his numbers weren't up to par with what we're used to, he still had a good statistical year. And don't let those overall stats fool you; he finished the year strong.
Once he went to the Mets, he looked like the Hand we are accustomed to. He pitched 16 times, recording a 2.70 ERA and allowed just 0.7 home runs per nine innings.
He's a three-time All-Star, and can be trusted with a giant contract.