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3 pitchers LA Angels can acquire after MLB lockout to help fix rotation

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Sep 20, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws
Sep 20, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws / Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo (58) pitches in the first inning of the MLB baseball
Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo (58) pitches in the first inning of the MLB baseball / Albert Cesare / The Enquirer via Imagn

The starting rotation of the LA Angels better not be finished right now.

Shohei Ohtani, Noah Syndergaard, Patrick Sandoval, and Jose Suarez make the front end and middle of the rotation exciting, but the back-end is very uncertain.

The Halos signed an underwhelming Michael Lorenzen to take one of those spots, and we currently have no idea who the sixth starter will be. It goes to show that this team needs to go after another starter this offseason. There are still productive candidates out there, both through the trade market and free agency.

No. 3 pitcher LA Angels can acquire after MLB lockout to help fix rotation: Luis Castillo

It would be massive if the LA Angels could bring in Luis Castillo this offseason. Castillo has been a really good starting arm these last three years, and was even an All-Star in 2019. He would have been an All-Star in 2020 as well, if there was an All-Star Game.

Castillo has posted a 3.61 ERA since 2019, and has also recorded a nice 131 ERA+. Castillo's 3.56 FIP is attractive, as well as the fact that he's struck out 10.2 batters per nine innings in that time.

Castillo walks too many guys, as he has a 3.6 BB/9 rate in these last three years. He doesn't give up the long ball much, though, as evidenced by his 0.9 HR/9 rate. He'd slot in as the No. 3 starter on the Angels, and give the Halos quality guys in each of the first five spots of the rotation.

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