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Top 5 LA Angels free agent targets after MLB lockout, ranked

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Oct 6, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) walks in the
Oct 6, 2021; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) walks in the / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws a
Sep 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Carlos Rodon (55) throws a / Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

No. 2 LA Angels free agent target after MLB lockout: Carlos Rodon

If the LA Angels sign Carlos Rodon, they have the potential to have three top five AL Cy Young candidates in 2022. I know this because Shohei Ohtani is one of the top pitchers in baseball, Noah Syndergaard has been one of the best pitchers in baseball and has the stuff to do it again, and Rodon was a top five AL Cy Young Award candidate despite dealing with injuries this year.

Now, many of you probably just read that and decided that you don't want Rodon due to the fact that he dealt with injury this year, but he came back by the end of the year and was good to go for both the end of the regular season and for the playoffs.

He's healthy now, which is what matters. Couple that with the ridiculous upside he showed in posting a 13-5 record with a 2.37 ERA and Rodon can have a major impact on this rotation. He's only pitched at this level for one year, but there's risk that comes with all of the free agent starters this offseason--even the ones that have already been taken.

None of the starters who come risk-free have the ceiling Rodon has shown that he has.

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