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The Angels will spend the 2021 off-season looking to improve their pitching roster. Will 2022 be the year that the team finishes with a winning season? That all depends on pitching. Perry Minasian has managed to keep Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani happy, but those power players need more solid pitching to back them up. Angles fans also know that the availability of free agent, top tier pitchers is small. Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, Marcus Stroman, Max Scherzer and just a few others are hitting the open market. They will be enticed by big mony contracts across the league. Perry Minasian will need to put up some big dollars in order to acquire at least one of those big names.
Mind you, the Angels have to lock in Raisel Iglesias and see if Alex Cobb will produce great numbers without more injuries that kept him down for a large part of the 2021 season. Cobb is open to staying. Iglesias may chase the big money contract. At shortstop, the Angels were a bust. Look to Carlos Correa or Corey Seager to fill that position. Couple these possible improvements with the two more years that the Angels have with Shohei Ohtani under contract, and the team could be on the winning side in 2022.
The Los Angeles Angels had another construction a year ago, winning 72 games and finishing in fourth place in the American League West. This string of seasons of underachievement finally led to major changes this offseason.
First and foremost, the Angels hired former Rays and Cubs manager Joe Maddon to lead them out of the abyss. Maddon began his coaching career in the Angels organization and led the Cubs to the World Series in 2016 as their manager. Maddon will be advised by Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa, who was also added this offseason as a senior advisor. Their first move of the offseason was to trade four right-handed pitchers- Kyle Bradish, Isaac Mattson, Kyle Brnovich and Zach Peek, to the Baltimore Orioles for right-handed pitcher Dylan Bundy, who has been a decent pitcher to this point in his career but still has not lived up to the expectations that were placed on him. Next, the Angels made one of the biggest free agent moves of the offseason when they added third baseman Anthony Rendon for seven years and 245 million dollars. Next, they added right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran on a one-year contract. Next, they traded catcher Jose Estrada to the Miami Marlins for right-handed pitcher Kyle Keller. Next, they added catchers Jason Castro and Max Stassi plus right-handed pitcher Cam Bedrosian on one-year contracts. Their next objective was to settle arbitration with several players including right-handed pitchers Kenynan Middleton and Hansel Robles.