MLB Rumors: Best Free Agent Fit For Michael Wacha

The top pitcher left on the free agent market is undoubtedly Michael Wacha. After posting an 11-2 record with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP last season with the Boston Red Sox, the 31-year-old proved he could still be a factor on the mound after three consecutive down seasons. 

But his asking price of a two-year, $30M pact seems to be stifling his market, as teams are shying away from that number. But let's pick the best fit for the right-hander. And how about a team that's always looking for starting pitching, the Los Angeles Angels?

The Angels have brought in former Los Angeles Dodger Tyler Anderson on a reasonable free agent deal (3 years, $39M), so spending close to another 30 for a veteran starter coming off a very good year doesn't seem like a bridge too far. 

A few other good reasons why this is a fit:

  • Wacha has had some injury problems over the years but perhaps the six-man rotation would help keep him healthier and fresher. 
  • The entire Angels' rotation after Ohtani is made up of left-handers; Wacha would add a much-needed RHP to the mix.
  • The Angels lost Michael Lorenzen from their rotation this offseason, so replacing him with Wacha would help fill that spot, joining Ohtani, Anderson, Patrick Sandoval, Jose Suarez and Reid Detmers. 
And the best reason of all: another piece that might be a step towards allowing the Angels to finally get the two greatest players in baseball, Mike Trout and Ohtani, to the postseason.

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