Los Angeles Angels: 3 free agents team should target

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on from the dugout during the first inning of the MLB game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 14, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Rays defeated the Angels 3-1. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 14: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on from the dugout during the first inning of the MLB game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 14, 2019 in Anaheim, California. The Rays defeated the Angels 3-1. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images) /
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Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP, LAD

After receiving and signing the qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, it could be realistic for Hyun-Jin Ryu to travel a few miles across California and sign a multi-year extension with the Los Angeles Angels.

It was a great decision for Ryu to sign the one-year, $17.9 million contract with the Dodgers. On this deal, he put together the best season of his career.

Ryu was named to the 2019 NL All-Star team. He started more than 25 games in his career for the first time since 2014.

Through 29 starts, Ryu went 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA, striking out 163 batters over 182 2/3 innings. In the National League, he finished sixth in wins, first in ERA, and third in WHIP (1.01).

The soon-to-be 33-year-old was one of the most effective starters in the major league in 2019.

The Angels need a starter and Ryu seems like a viable option. He will most likely cost more than $20 million per season. Even though he is going to be expensive, but the Angels desperately need to acquire an ace.

Their starting pitchers combined to have the worst ERA in the American League. Ryu would automatically become the best starting pitchers on the Angels if they were to sign him.

It is possible that the Dodgers try to retain Ryu, but it seems that his decision will be made by the open market.