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

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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Aug 26, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) is rumored to potentially be on his way to the LA Angels. / Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 colossal free agent pitching name Jim Bowden has LA Angels among best fits for: Carlos Rodon

Carlos Rodon has been rumored to maybe be headed to the LA Angels not too long ago. Rodon is one of the two best remaining starters on the free agent market still left. Coming off of a year where he finished in the top five of AL Cy Young voting, Rodon was sensational last year.

Rodon posted a 2.37 ERA this past season, and recorded a 183 ERA+. While Rodon had some durability issues come back to haunt him a little bit during the season, he came back to pitch at the end of the year and in the postseason, so he's healthy now.

As far as what type of deal he'll sign, Bowden had some interesting thoughts there.

"Health will be the most significant factor for him this offseason and determine whether he gets a multiyear contract," wrote Bowden. "If not, expect him to sign a deal similar to the one Noah Syndergaard received from the Angels (one year, $21 million)."

The Angels can absolutely afford that. Perhaps this is why the Angels have only signed one major free agent starting pitcher, and let Alex Cobb walk. Perhaps they have been eyeing Rodon this offseason.

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