The LA Angels have been linked to some giant trade rumors this offseason.
Of course, those talks have been put to a halt due to the MLB lockout, but the lockout will (hopefully) end eventually. They are looking for pitching, and starting pitching in particular. It's no surprise, as it's what the front office had told us they were going to go after towards the end of the season.
When this lockout ends, it's clear where the halos need to focus their trade efforts. There's three teams who have what the Halos need, and have those needs potentially available for the taking.
No. 3 trade partner for LA Angels after MLB lockout: Cincinnati Reds
Former MLB GM and current MLB Analyst Jim Bowden reported that the LA Angels are "trying to trade for Luis Castillo of the Reds." Not only that, but the Reds are rumored to have placed Sonny Gray on the block as well. We need pitching, and the Reds have it.
I'm not saying we should go after Gray. I think he had a down year in 2021. Castillo, though, is a guy who is absolutely worth going after.
MLB Network insider Jon Morosi said that he can see the Angels forming a package with Brandon Marsh to go and acquire Castillo. The Angels can't be stubborn with Marsh in this case, and be stern on keeping him. I love Marsh, but a young 3.72 ERA starter with proven All-Star capabilities would be more valuable to this team.