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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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Oct 23, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) leaves the
Oct 23, 2019; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) leaves the / Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 LA Angels free agent target after MLB lockout: Justin Verlander

Yes, Justin Verlander IS still available for the LA Angels to sign.

Verlander has not yet been signed by the Houston Astros, and perhaps there's a valid reason as to why that's happened. If Verlander is indeed available, he's the best remaining free agent option that the Angels have at this time.

The Halos already expressed interest in Verlander by going to his offseason workout. Verlander looked fine as far as his health goes, and looked like the pitcher we all are used to him being.

And that's one of the best pitchers of all time. The former AL MVP has multiple Cy Young awards. His most recent was the most recent healthy season he played: 2019. Over the last two healthy seasons he's played, he's posted a 2.55 ERA and an 0.851 WHIP.

That made for a 172 ERA+, and a 37-15 W-L record. He had over 20 wins in 2019, and gave up an AL-low 5.5 hits per nine frames. Posting the best WHIP in each of the 2018 (0.902) and 2019 (0.803) seasons, he's still got it.

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We need to spend once the offseason resumes. It's going to be go-time for Arte Moreno and the front office, and they need to land pitching desperately.

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