The Los Angeles Angels yet again missed the postseason and with Mike Trout still on the roster will yet again look to add offseason pieces.
The Los Angeles Angels finished the year 80-82 and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight season. There were a couple of bright spots for the Angels this past year with Mike Trout doing what Mike Trout does.
Trout finished the season batting .312 with 39 homers. Rookie Shohei Othani was another bright spot; he hit .285 with 22 home runs and also went 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA on the mound.
For the Angels to get in the playoffs next season they need to make some significant moves to make the team better, mainly on the pitcher’s mound. In 2018, the Angels team ERA was 4.15. Pitching has let the Angels down for a few years now.
Here is who the Los Angeles Angels should target.
Patrick Corbin would be a reliable addition for the Angels. He would help bolster a struggling pitching staff. Corbin went 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA last for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched 200 innings tallying up 246 strikeouts.
Corbin is a four-pitch pitcher, fastball, slider, curve, and a changeup. Over the past couple of years, he has mostly relied on his slider and curveball more than his fastball. That could be due to Tommy John Surgery back in 2014.
Charlie Morton would be a massive signing for the Angels. It would strengthen the starting rotation and weaken the division foe, Houston Astros rotation. Morton pitched to a 15-3 record, with a 3.13 ERA. He struck 201 batters out in 167 innings.
Morton is a fastball pitcher, throwing to mid to upper 90s. He features a four-seam fastball and two-seam fastball which is like a sinker. Morton also has one the best curveballs in the league, with good movement up and down and side to side, according to Devan Fink from Beyond the Box.
The Angels will be in the market for a catcher next year and I think Wilson Ramos could be the answer.
Ramos batted .306 with 15 home runs with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. He put these numbers in only 111 games; he missed games due to an injured hamstring. Ramos is an above average hitter and is decent behind the plate throwing out 29 percent of attempted stealers.
That’s a little low for a player of his skill set. I think next year when fully healthy, he will be in the upper 30s. Ramos is 31 and has an injury history, so if the Angels make a run at him, they need to be smart about and don’t go overboard with the money as they did in the past with players. But Ramos would be a significant upgrade.
These three players would help the Los Angeles Angels out big time and get them headed in the right direction. Morton and Corbin would be great additions to a pitching staff the struggled for years. The Angels do not want to keep wasting Mike Trout’s prime years missing the playoffs.