Angels Seeking Starting Pitching depth

Updated: November 10, 2016

The Angels are seeking starting pitching through free agency, Eppler is clearly not satisfied with the options from triple-A and is waiting for a full recovery by Andrew Heaney the Angels will shop for starting pitching.

The prediction is the Angels will sign Ivan Nova.  After being traded to the Pirates in a low-end deal with the Yankees. In the beginning of the season he did struggle, but excelled with the Pirates In 64 2/3 innings, Nova posted a 3.06 ERA, with a 7.2 K/9, a 52.3% ground ball rate and an astounding 0.4 BB/9.

He also has seen some bullpen time with the Yankees so he is familiar with coming  late into the game. An obvious weakness is he does give up the long ball.

Yet, it makes the most sense, while with his time in the Yankee Organization, Eppler was in the office, watching Nova work through the ranks.

Another big plus, is the Angels pitching coaches would have a much easier time helping Nova with his mechanics in a pitcher friendly Angel Stadium. According to,  Nova’s market value would be more than 12 million. A number the Angels could work with for a year or more if things change.

The biggest name on the market is former Dodger, Rich Hill and he seems to be wanting a multi-year deal. As he should, he  won twelve games with a 2.12 ERA. The same can go for Jeremy Hellickson. Both will succumb to extreme bidding from multiple teams. The Angels to have the money to supply both with at least a three to four years. Thats if the Angels do decide to head into a long term deal with Staring pitchers

Another pitcher in the lackluster market is, Jason Hammel. Hammel went 15-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 2016. This would be a risky option for the Angels after suffering an elbow issue Hammel struggled throughout September. Whether that elbow issue still lingers would keep any team at a distant. It certainly wouldn’t be the worst option for the Angels.


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