The Los Angeles Angels were able to pull off one of the biggest moves in free agency. They signed coveted third-baseman Anthony Rendon to a seven-year, $245 million deal. The Rendon signing marked a positive step into the Angels returning to the playoffs. However, the rebuild is far from over. The Angels must make one or two more splashes before winter’s end.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Starting Pitching
The Angels solved their third base woes, but starting pitching still remains a huge question. They missed out on Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg, so they must shift their focus. The top starters remaining are Hyun-Jin Ryu and Madison Bumgarner, both are drawing more attention. The Angels have enough money to acquire one out of the two. Ryu seems to be the better pitcher at this point. He won more games (14) than Bumgarner (9) last season and had a better ERA. However, Bumgarner had greater post-season success and was key to the San Fransisco Giants’ World Series run.
Hitting the Trade Market
Most of the star names in free agency are gone. Now, teams who wish to be contenders are on the phones to make trades. The Angels should be one of those teams making calls. If the Angels are not comfortable with signing Ryu and Bumgarner, they could trade for a pitcher. Also, the Angels are in line to land a catcher. Chicago Cubs’ Willson Contreras is an option now that the Cubs are retooling.
Overall, the Los Angeles Angels still have more work to do to take over the AL West. An ace in the pitching rotation is at the top of the list. There is still plenty of time for them to make a move.
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