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Ex-MLB GM has LA Angels among best fits for 5 colossal free agent pitching names

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Sep 1, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon is a prime free agent target for the LA Angels.
Sep 1, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon is a prime free agent target for the LA Angels. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 29, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Michael Pineda is a free agent the LA Angels can sign. / Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels have so far missed out on many quality free agent starting pitchers this offseason.

The offseason is by no means over, however, and former MLB GM and current MLB analyst for CBS Sports, The Athletic, and more, Jim Bowden has the Angels among the best fits for three big-name starting pitchers and a couple of great relievers.

The Halos have spent just over $160 million this offseason, and have already re-signed Raisel Iglesias to a four-year deal. They have the money to go ahead and spend on a couple big pieces when this lockout ends.

No. 5 colossal free agent pitching name Jim Bowden has LA Angels among best fits for: Michael Pineda

Michael Pineda is not a preferable option for the LA Angels. Bowden still has the Halos as a fit for him, however, most likely due to him pitching well WHEN HEALTHY in these past few years.

He's only started 53 games in the past few seasons, which is very low even with 2020 being shortened due to the coronavirus pandemic. When he has been out there, he's looked good. He's posted a 3.80 ERA in these past three years with a 116 ERA+ and 1.191 WHIP.

He doesn't walk anybody, averaging just 1.8 walks per nine innings since 2019. He's posted winning records in each of his past four years.

The Halos don't need anyone who's as injury-prone as Pineda, but the options in free agency are thin right now. If Pineda heads to Anaheim, he needs to stay durable for it to be a successful signing.

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