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3 LA Angels nightmare scenarios after MLB lockout finally ends

Feb 12, 2020; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno looks on during a spring
Feb 12, 2020; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno looks on during a spring / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) pitches
Oct 12, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) pitches / David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels are in a bit of a lull right now as far as their offseason activity goes.

They're in the middle of the MLB lockout right now, and so they can't make any moves. It's an anxious stage of this offseason for Angels fans.

It's very possible that the Angels go out and upgrade the roster as soon as this thing ends. It's also possible, however, that the team falls into trouble once this offseason kicks back in gear. The absolute worst scenarios for the team are clear.

No. 3 LA Angels nightmare scenario after MLB lockout ends: They can't sign any FA SP's

The LA Angels need starting pitching very badly. We're all aware.

However, it's perplexing as to why the front office has only made one move for a high-profile free agent starting pitcher. That would be Noah Syndergaard, who certainly has ridiculous upside. That being said, he can't be the only starter we acquire.

Coming into this offseason, we only had three quality starting arms on the books for 2022: Shohei Ohtani, Patrick Sandoval, and Jose Suarez. Remember, Chris Rodriguez is hurt. Therefore, we needed three arms.

We've only added two, and one of them in Michael Lorenzen hasn't been very good in his career. Touting a 4.88 ERA in these last two seasons, while also recording 4.5 walks per nine innings in that time, he's not exactly the move we deserve.

So many guys are now already taken, and so we're in a tough spot. We need two more good starting pitchers, and don't have much to choose from. There are some good ones still available, such as Carlos Rodon and Clayton Kershaw.

If we can't land one of them, or perhaps pry Justin Verlander from the 'Stros, we may be in trouble.

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