In the past, LA Angels owner Arte Moreno has shown reluctance to spending up to the luxury tax threshold.
If during this lockout, MLB decides on raising the luxury tax threshold, then perhaps Moreno would be more interested in spending. Of course, that wouldn't mean that he'd be down to reach the threshold, but it very well could result in him upping the amount of money he'd be willing to spend.
It would create a lot of chaos across the league, with owners throwing as much money at top players as they can. If the threshold is increased (beyond 2021's $210 million), then the Halos should be in on these three free agents.
No. 3 player LA Angels should sign if luxury tax threshold is increased: Carlos Correa
Carlos Correa would be an intriguing option for the LA Angels. He's not my favorite shortstop remaining in free agency (continue reading), but he certainly has a lot of upside.
Coming off of an All-Star season, Correa won his first Gold Glove this past year. Having him and David Fletcher man the middle infield would result in the best defensive infield in baseball. All four guys would have a legit chance at Gold Gloves.
A two-time All-Star, Correa has a solid career .277/.356/.481 (.837 OPS) slash line and outperformed all of those numbers in 2021. He knows this division perfectly, and signing him would not only improve the Angels but also give the Astros a lot of trouble.
I do, however, want the Halos to go for the cheaper option, who is quietly the better player offensively: