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3 relief pitcher depth options for the LA Angels that won't make Arte Moreno woozy

By Craig Tyson Adams
Jun 5, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus (middle right) stands on the
Jun 5, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Brad Ausmus (middle right) stands on the / Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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LA Angels owner Arte Moreno refuses to go over the luxury tax.

That’s why he’s a billionaire. So, because of that, I’m assuming Raisel Iglesias isn’t coming back

He’ll require a multi-year contract at an exorbitant annual salary. At 32 years old, it’ll be too much of a gamble and Arte ain’t exactly Paul Newman in The Sting. 

The LA Angels owner hates taxes like, well, everybody. 

The way the game is played nowadays, the LA Angels' bullpen needs to be flexible. It has to be as versatile as a bench player that can play multiple positions.

The day of the specialist is going the way of the Dodo. Pitchers that can do one thing are almost extinct. 

Aaron Loup is a great pickup. Now that relief pitchers have to face a minimum of three batters, Loup has thrived. He was the best of the free agent non-closer options. 

Mike Mayers is still with the ballclub. He started in the past. His versatility is valuable. 

Austin Warren and Kyle Tyler appear to have promise. They’ll get extended looks in Tempe this spring, as will Jimmy Herget. 

But, in order to contend, the LA Angels are going to have to go shopping. Arte Moreno’s wife Carole has a better chance at going over budget than LA Angels General Manager Perry Minasian. 

There are a few relievers available, but they’re going quickly. They should go after relatively young pitchers that have a ton of upside for the next couple of years.

Personally, I’d like to see them get hard-throwing right hander Archie Bradley. Bradley is a former seventh overall pick and has playoff experience. He’s a bulldog competitor. 

The LA Angels could bring back Keynan Middleton. They could get him inexpensively and he wasn’t bad a couple years ago. 

Jonathan Holder pitched for the Yankees in 2020 and was better statistically than most other options Joe Maddon had. 

dark. Next. Noah Syndergaard isn't a fan of Carlos Correa

Those are just a few relief pitchers the LA Angels could get for bullpen depth that have had a modicum of success and won't make Arte Moreno woozy about the price tag. 

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