Angels Look to Have a Deep and Versatile Bullpen.

Updated: March 11, 2017

The Angels made a plethora of small, seemingly insignificant deals this offseason to add to their pitching staff. Those moves could end up having a much larger impact than it first seemed. The Angels ran a prudent offseason, refusing to hand out large contracts. They instead nibbled around the edges, adding some minor-league deals here, some one year, cheap contracts there. When it was all said and done, the Angels had a handful of players that would all battle it out for the rotation. There was another commonality shared between the pitchers added, and it was that they all had success not only in a rotation, but also pitching out of the bullpen.

Jesse Chavez, Bud Norris, and Yusmeiro Petit all have had long careers, and although none are necessarily considered all stars, they’ve all had successful careers. They’ve proven they can contribute not only in the rotation but also out of the bullpen, and whichever two don’t end up in that fifth starter spot will most likely end up in the bullpen. That’s a good thing for the Halos, who are looking to have a deep, versatile bullpen, full of pitchers capable of going multiple innings in a variety of situations. After the back-end trio of Huston Street, Andrew Bailey, and Cam Bedrosian, the Angels are going to have pitchers who could step into any situation and pitch two or three innings at a time. Chavez, Norris, and Petit are capable, experienced veterans who are going to add a dynamic the Angels haven’t had in a long time.

The perennially contending Angels of 2002-2009 relied heavily upon speedy, aggressive running and a deep and versatile bullpen, and the Angels are looking to have both this season for the first time in a long time. With Street, Bailey, and Bedrosian at the back end, Greg Mahle and Jose Alvarez as potential lefty options, Deolis Guerra and Mike Morin as righty options, and Chavez, Norris, Petit, J.C. Ramirez, Daniel Wright, Alex Meyer, and Tyler Skaggs as options to pitch out of the bullpen if they don’t make the rotation, the Halos have a lot of options that fit various roles. That’s without even considering top prospect Keynon Middleton, and depth options like Cody Ege and Kirby Yates, who could also potentially crack the bullpen. No matter how you look at it, the Angels are building a deep and versatile pitching staff, which is a welcome change for this team.

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