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3 players LA Angels should sign if luxury tax threshold is increased

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Sep 23, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) is a free agent target of the LA Angels.
Sep 23, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story (27) is a free agent target of the LA Angels. / Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 14, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Kenley Jansen should be signed by the LA Angels. / Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 player LA Angels should sign if luxury tax threshold is increased: Kenley Jansen

Kenley Jansen would be a massive addition for the LA Angels. We already have Raisel Iglesias to close, but the truth is, Jansen's done great in this league in other roles. At the beginning of Jansen's career (2010 and 2011), he wasn't a closer and still thrived.

He posted a 2.12 ERA with a 178 ERA+ and 1.77 FIP. He fanned 15.3 hitters per nine frames, teasing the type of pitcher he'd become.

It goes to show that he doesn't need to close to be as effective as he is. A guy who's been in the league for 12 years, he has a lot of valuable experience that would be very beneficial for our younger arms to be around. If we can go into next season with a three-headed monster in Iglesias, Aaron Loup, and Jansen, we're going to be VERY tough to beat.

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Currently, we're at a bit over $161 million in payroll. Originally, I expected Moreno to get to $200 million--no more. If the threshold becomes higher as we come out of this lockout, however, I could potentially see Moreno going a bit over $200 million.

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