Shopping list

New year, same shopping list for the Los Angeles Angels

Nothing has changed with the Los Angeles Angels over the years. The shopping list stays the same every offseason – add a spinning upper arm and fix their pitching stick. And every year they fail in that attempt, slamming bandages on the rotation and the bullpen in the hope that maybe this time things will be different.

But that’s usually not the case. As such, the Angels are looking at the same shopping list again, as they again look to improve their rotation.

Los Angeles Angels continue their quest for pitchers

At least the closet isn’t completely empty this time. Shohei Ohtani showed potential to be a frontline starter. However, he is yet to kick off an entire season as he missed a few starts in 2021. However, the rest of the rotation doesn’t have the same potential at this point.

Angels have several options available when it comes to upgrading their rotation. They had scouts at Justin Verlander‘s showcase earlier in the week. The Angels have already contacted the representatives for Robbie Ray and Eduardo Rodriguez to gauge their interest in traveling to Los Angeles. An effort is made.

But the same could be said in past years. The Angels had a great run at Gerrit Cole only to arrive empty. This has also been the case in other years, as the angels make their attempts, only to find themselves adding flavors of Matt Harvey because everyone else has signed elsewhere.

Yet hope is eternal. Maybe this time the Angels will get the pitchers they need to fight back. And maybe if they do, they can convince Ohtani they’re serious about fighting for the playoffs. It just needs to actually happen.

The Los Angeles Angels are looking for a pitcher this offseason. Of course, the same can be said for a few years.