No. 1 player who LA Angels need to trade for as soon as MLB lockout ends: Chris Bassitt
Chris Bassitt was another starting pitcher that Bowden said the LA Angels have called the A's about. And I don't even think I need to explain why, but I'm going to because I want to point out just how good Bassitt would be for this team.
Bassitt was an All-Star this year, and like Castillo he would have been an All-Star in 2020 if the game didn't get canceled. In these last three years, Bassitt has posted a 3.26 ERA, a 1.128 WHIP, and a 128 ERA+. He was a key to the A's playoff teams in 2019 and 2020, and had the second-best year of his career this season.
There's so much to like about Bassitt these last three years, as he's figured out how to stay healthy in that time frame. Batters only hit .218 against him this year.
Bassitt, like the other two on this list, will cost legit compensation. If the Halos can't acquire any more starters in free agency, however, they will have no choice but to go for one of these guys. If not, they risk wasting yet another year of the two best players in baseballs' primes.