💥OFF SEASON OUTLOOK💥
This years free agency pool is epic, with huge names like #BryceHarper, #MannyMachado, and 140+ others. The #Angels fall into the market for starting pitchers, relief pitchers, an infield player, and catcher. Each day this week, I will look at some options for each position for the Angels.
🔻Today: Starting Pitchers 🔻
🔴#PatrickCorbin - my favorite option, Corbin, 29, is coming off an All Star season with the @DBacks. The Angels actually drafted Corbin in 2009, but traded him to the #DBacks in 2010 to acquire #DanHaren. Corbin comes off his best career season, with a 3.15 ERA in 200 IP (33 games) with 246 Ks and 162 Hs. Angels will surely be in the market for Corbin but face the Yankees as favorites.
🔴 #DallasKeuchel - The former #CyYoung winner, 30, posted a 3.74 ERA this season in 204.2 innings pitched. Keuchel has proven value in his career but fails in consistency. He is still capable of providing a sub-3 ERA, 200 IP season, but signing him would be a gamble. With that said, he’s not my favorite option but he does seem like an Angels-type signing.
🔴 #GioGonzalez - The LHP, 32, had 32 starts with a 4.21 ERA in 2018. Gonzalez brings value in his durability and consistency. Over 12 season, his career ERA is 3.69, including a 2.96 performance in 2017. He is not an ace but he could come at a lower price after a down-year and be a solid arm in the Angels rotation.
🔴 #JAHapp - This veteran lefty all-star, 36, put up a 3.65 ERA in 31 Gs and 177.2 IP between the #BlueJays and #Yankees. Happ could provide the short term relief needed as the Angels await the return of #ShoheiOhtani and the development of 2017, 2nd-round pick, #GriffinCanning.
🔴 #YuseiKikuchi - at 27 years old, this LHP has come to dominate #Japanese baseball. In 2017, Kikuchi posted a 1.97 ERA in 187.2 IP followed by a decreased walk rate and 3.08 ERA in 163.2 IP in 2018. He won’t come with the same hype as #Ohtani but he will be a highly coveted arm in free agency. No doubt, #BillyEppler has had his eyes on Kikuchi for years now. Though Eppler has declined to comment on the matter, you can bet that the Angels will be active in pursuing Kikuchi.
🔺 Relief Pitchers tomorrow!