No. 1 mistake the LA Angels have already made this offseason: Letting Robbie Ray slip away
The LA Angels were reportedly in on 2021 AL Cy Young winner Robbie Ray, but watched him slip from their hands when push came to shove. To make matters even worse, Ray signed with our AL West rival, the Seattle Mariners. You would think we'd have learned from our blunder with Verlander, but instead we let another Ace who we were supposed to sign, link up with one of our rivals.
Ray would have been a force for our Angels, as he had one of the best bounce backs we've seen in recent memory last year. He led the American League with a 2.84 ERA and led the Majors with 248 strikeouts.
The Halos were a poor team defensively last season, so having a high-strikeout guy like that would have made a strong difference on our squad.
Now, the Halos will need to look to the trade market for a pitcher of Ray's quality, but that would likely force them to trade Brandon Marsh. These mistakes have put the Halos in a tough spot for starting pitching. They have a solid one through four with Shohei Ohtani, Syndergaard, Sandoval, and Suarez, but there's a lot of uncertainty for those last two spots.
Hopefully this lockout ends soon so the candidates for these last two spots will have enough time to develop, and give the Angels a chance. They already have one of the best lineups in the American League. The rotation is what may make or break this season.