No. 2 player who LA Angels need to trade for as soon as MLB lockout ends: Luis Castillo
In many eyes, Luis Castillo is the best starter on the market. And the LA Angels are interested. Multiple insiders have reported that, including Bowden in the same report as the one he reported our interest in Montas.
Castillo is still under 30, and is coming off of a year in which he too led his league in starts (33). It's important that the Angels go after these guys who are going to throw a lot of innings due to the Halos' injury issues last season. In his impressive five year career, Castillo has recorded a 3.72 ERA, a 123 ERA+, and a 9.8 K/9 rate.
Castillo was an All-Star in 2019, and would have been an All-Star in 2020 if there was an All-Star Game. Even in the year we posted an 8-16 record, having arguably the worst year of his career (2021), he still had a sub-four ERA, a 3.75 FIP, and gave up just 0.9 home runs per game.
To be as transparent as possible, Castillo walks more guys than I'd like. He's walked 3.3 batters per nine innings in his career, and led the NL with 75 walks this season. It's hard to be discouraged by acquiring him, however, when realizing that he still gives up very few runs.