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Top 3 trade partners for LA Angels after MLB lockout

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Sep 28, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Rogers (28) should be on the LA Angels' radar for a trade.
Sep 28, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Trevor Rogers (28) should be on the LA Angels' radar for a trade. / Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
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Pablo Lopez
Oct 3, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Florida Marlins starting pitcher Pablo Lopez (49) is a great trade candidate for the LA Angels. / Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 trade partner for LA Angels after MLB lockout: Miami Marlins

Bowden never revealed names in his report about the LA Angels being interested in Miami Marlins' pitching, but did say that "they've talked to the Marlins about their pitching." The best trade chip that the Halos could get from Miami is of course Trevor Rogers, although he may be too good to trade.

An elite prospect, he's performed exceptionally well for the Marlins in the Big Leagues so far. He was the runner-up for NL Rookie of the Year this year, and he was an All-Star. Recording a 2.64 ERA and 2.55 FIP, it's pretty easy to see why.

Perhaps the Halos could get in on Pablo Lopez, who is dominant when healthy. Starting 11 games in the 60-game 2020 season, he was durable and great. He wasn't durable in 2021, but he was still great, recording a career-best 3.07 ERA and 1.120 WHIP.

If the Halos see him as injury-prone and don't want to go after him, that's understandable. I do, however, wonder if he's been on their radar due to Bowden reporting that they've been in contact with Miami. Perhaps they go the prospect route with Max Meyer or take on a project.

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All in all, it's good to see the Angels discussing trades with other teams for pitching. It all comes down to the team actually making a move this time, and being eager to fix what's been their worst issue for too long.

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