Cincinnati Reds: Three landing spots for Trevor Bauer

CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 23: Trevor Bauer #27 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Great American Ball Park on September 23, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /
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Los Angeles Angels

The Los Angeles Angels have wasted Mike Trout’s prime due to an inability to find competent starting pitching. Adding Trevor Bauer would change that dynamic.

While the Angels offense has been prolific, the rotation has been a patchwork collection of one year gambles. That is not to say that Los Angeles has ignored the pitching market entirely – they had attempted to sign Gerrit Cole and other top starters, only to be rebuffed at every turn. And the Angels did have a deal in place for Ross Stripling, only to have it fall through due to Arte Moreno’s impatience.

In theory, the Angels have an intriguing 1-2 punch in the rotation. Shohei Ohtani showed plenty of promise as a rookie, but has pitched just four innings since June 6, 2018 due to injuries. Griffin Canning has likewise displayed a great deal of promise as well, but is still developing. Even if both pitchers are healthy and take another step forward, the Angels need plenty of pitching help.

Bauer would be a tremendous addition. He would provide the Angels with that top of the rotation arm that they have desperately needed over the past few years, and show their commitment to returning to the postseason. A long term contract would not necessarily be a deal breaker, especially as Albert Pujols’ deal will be off the books at the end of the 2021 campaign.

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The Los Angeles Angels desperately need a top of the rotation arm. Signing Trevor Bauer from the Cincinnati Reds would go a long way to curing their pitching ills.