Free agency began almost as soon as the MLB lockout ended, and the LA Angels picked up right where they left off right before the lockout started. They continued to let other teams pick up their top free agent targets. Before the lockout, it was Justin Verlander, Robbie Ray, and more. This time, it's Carlos Rodon.
Rodon was rumored to have interest from the Halos, and it only looked right. What else were they going to do? All the other top tier free agent starting pitching options had been gobbled up before the lockout. Unfortunately, it appears that the Angels may be done going after starters in free agency, though.
They don't have many options left. Many of the best starting pitchers available are injury-prone. It would be beneficial to bring Zack Greinke back, but he wants to go to an NL team. The Halos did sign Noah Syndergaard before the lockout, which was a nice signing, but their only other move was for the lowly Michael Lorenzen.
The LA Angels will now need to hit the trade market to fix the starting rotation.
The LA Angels have a solid first four starters in the rotation, but the back-end looks very questionable. Lorenzen is our fifth guy, and we don't know who will be the sixth (it appears it will come down to Jaime Barria, Reid Detmers, or Griffin Canning).
Lorenzen is a career 4.95 ERA pitcher as a starter, with a 6-10 record and 1.605 WHIP in 26 starts. It's unclear as to why Perry Minasian/Arte Moreno thought that he was the answer to this rotation outside of signing Syndergaard, but that's what it looks like they're going with.
The Angels have, however, been rumored to be interested in trading for some key starters such as Luis Castillo, Chris Bassitt, or Frankie Montas. Perhaps they will indeed attack this starting pitching need through the trade block. Their lack of urgency in free agency does, however, cast doubt on just how serious this front office was about improving this staff.