Teams that could steal Corey Seager from the Dodgers:
2. Los Angeles Angels
Yes, the Los Angeles Angels need pitching more than they need another bat, but hasn’t that been the case for the last decade-plus? That did not stop them from getting Anthony Rendon, Josh Hamilton, or any other absurd contract that didn’t work out (the jury is still out on Rendon).
The Angels made a head-scratching signing on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $21 million contract with Noah Syndergaard. Big name? Sure. But “Thor” has only pitched two innings since 2019, and in 2019 was not even that great… in the National League.
He is almost 30 and has dealt with the kind of injuries that pitchers don’t come back from. And knowing the Angels’ track record, it probably won’t work out. However, also knowing the Angels’ track record, they are probably looking at that signing like it is the jackpot and they just found their ace.
They will probably fill out the rest of the staff with cheap arms and cheap relievers while hoping that the 1-2 of Syndergaard and Shohei Ohtani is enough.
The Angels still have money to spend, though, and if there is one area of the lineup that needs to be addressed, it is the shortstop position. Seager obviously fits that billing, and also adds some balance to the lineup with another left-handed bat.
In theory, the Angels could have one of the best lineups in MLB. Something along the lines of Adell-Seager-Trout-Ohtani-Rendon-Walsh-Stassi-Marsh-Fletcher could be really exciting.
The Angels could spin that as a lineup that can contend for a World Series, pay Seager the big bucks, and also argue that he does not even need to move across the country. Of course, knowing the Angels, it would end up somehow blowing up in their face and not working.