The perfect LA Angels starting rotation for 2022: The two Aces
No. 2: Shohei Ohtani
No matter what happens this winter, the LA Angels have an Ace on their roster in Shohei Ohtani. Well, they actually have two if Syndergaard pitches the way we know he can and likely will if he's healthy. However Shohei, who was the All-Star game starter for the AL, is of course a top 10 pitcher in the Majors.
The only slight negative I can find on Ohtani is that he walked three batters per nine innings last year, but it's hard to care when he still had just a 1.090 WHIP. Striking out 10.8 hitters per nine last year, Ohtani posted a 3.18 ERA and 141 ERA+. It's tough to get better than Ohtani, but our dream rotation would have one more starter who's better.
No. 1: Max Scherzer
Max Scherzer is still a guy that the LA Angels are looking into according to Bowden. Bowden's original projection for Scherzer was $50 million per year for three years. And, the Angels can afford that, even with this rotation.
They can hit $200 million in payroll with Moreno and his $3.6 billion net worth, so they absolutely could be the team to land Scherzer. And if they trade for Bassitt, they're only taking on an $8.8 million contract. They may be able to even unload some cash in that deal too.
Either way, they have the money to field this rotation. This is the best rotation possible right now.