5 Pitchers the Los Angeles Angels Can Target After Missing Out On Masahiro Tanaka
5 Pitchers the Los Angeles Angels Can Target After Missing Out On Tanaka
For the balance of the Major League Baseball Offseason the Los Angeles Angels have gone to work on their starting rotation. The biggest blow they struck towards getting things moving in an improved direction was the Mark Trumbo trade which brought them two good young starters; Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs. It is possible and even likely that the five-man rotation still would not be at its best yet with the younger starters anchoring the back side of the rotation however.
That is where Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka could have come in for them. They, like many other teams, wanted the services of the highly respected starter in their rotation. Only a few were actually a good fit for Tanaka however and the Angels seemed to be one of them. Regardless of how well the Angels and Tanaka would have worked together, only one team wound up with his serves and that team was the New York Yankees, leaving the Angels having to go to a plan B.
There is quite a bit of good news for the Angels plan B. First of all there are several pitchers still on the market. Some have suggested a low risk option like Jair Jurrjens or Paul Maholm would be a good move. That is true but it is also possible that Santiago and Skaggs could provide a similar level of success if not more than that kind of option. They should pay more attention to the higher profile pitching targets still available. Here are five options for starter that would be solid additions capable of delivering what the Angels need.
5 – Johan Santana
This might seem like too large of a risk for the Angels to take but because they have depth at starter right now, they could afford to take a risk like signing Santana. If he regains previous form or anything close to it, it would be the best signing of the offseason. If he didn’t then they would still have plenty of starting pitching to fall back on.
4 – Jason Hammel
Hammel isn’t a number one but he has stood in as one in the past. Certainly when he is going good he is worth a few million to sure up the back side of a starting rotation. I think he is absolutely worth the small risk since he wouldn’t command that large of a salary.
3 – Bronson Arroyo
Arroyo has been pursued hard by a few teams but like many other starters, the fall of Tanaka had to come and go first. Now that the deal is done with him, Arroyo will probably want to settle on his new team fairly quickly. He wants a few years and I think the Angels would be upgrading their last season staff by a good bit in adding Arroyo.
2 – Ervin Santana
Santana might be the best and easiest option for the Angels if each still is interested in the other. Santana made a living for a while with the Angels before being traded to the Royals. A quick return to Anaheim might be in the best interests of both sides if they could agree on a good number.
1 – Ubaldo Jimenez
Jimenez might be the starter with the most up-side left on the free agent market. He emerged at the end of last season as a leading candidate that could push to ace-type stuff on the right team. Certainly he would be a very good fit for the middle of the Angels rotation and would instantly improve their team.