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

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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Chris Bassitt
Sep 23, 2021; Oakland, California, USA; Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Chris Bassitt (40) warms / D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 pitcher LA Angels can acquire after MLB lockout to help fix rotation: Chris Bassitt

Chris Bassitt is the best pitcher that the LA Angels have been rumored to be interested in. Bassitt is coming off of his first All-Star appearance this season, although he would've been in 2020 if the pandemic hadn't canceled the All-Star Game.

Since that 2020 season, Bassitt has posted a 2.90 ERA, a 142 ERA+, and a 1.085 WHIP. He was already a good pitcher in 2019, but took his game to another level in these past two seasons. Like Rodon, he has struggled with injuries at times in his career, but stayed healthy last year.

While he wasn't known as much of a strikeout guy before this season, Bassitt recorded 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings this year, which is solid. He would potentially slide into one of the top two spots of this rotation if he headed to Anaheim. He, like Castillo, would have to be acquired via trade.

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While the Halos likely don't want to trade Jo Adell or Brandon Marsh (who are the two biggest trade chips on the Angels), they may have to if they want to go after pitching in the trade market. I wouldn't be surprised, as it's no secret that the rotation needs work, and has been a spot on the roster that has routinely underperformed in recent Angels history.

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