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3 problem areas LA Angels desperately need to fix after the MLB lockout

Sep 20, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA;  Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria (51)
Sep 20, 2021; Anaheim, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jaime Barria (51) / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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Reid Detmers, LA Angels
Oct 3, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Reid Detmers (48) throws / Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 problem area the LA Angels desperately need to fix after the MLB lockout: The starting rotation

The starting rotation is a problem that is still very much on the LA Angels' hands.

Don't get me wrong: I was high on the Noah Syndergaard signing. That being said, I wasn't high at all on the Michael Lorenzen signing. I was uninspired because there were so many better options out there.

Now, there aren't anywhere near as good of options out there in free agency. The team will likely have to resort to the trade market to achieve the rotation they want to. Currently, the rotation looks like this:

1. Shohei Ohtani/Noah Syndergaard

2. Shohei Ohtani/Noah Syndergaard

3. Patrick Sandoval

4. Jose Suarez

5. Michael Lorenzen

6. ???

It goes to show that while the Angels rotation looks different, it's not fixed at all. We lost Alex Cobb when we shouldn't have, and I wasn't expecting that when I wrote the first article. Therefore, just signing Thor isn't going to fix this.

We need another big acquisition. Getting on the phones and discussing deals for Luis Castillo, Chris Bassitt, and Frankie Montas is necessary. Aggressively pursuing Carlos Rodon and Clayton Kershaw is necessary.

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