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Angels interested in Bronson Arroyo, Bartolo Colon

Nov 24, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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The Angels acquired third baseman David Freese from the Cardinals last week and inked reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million free agent contract on Saturday. Now Anaheim is zeroing in on its biggest offseason need — starting pitching.

According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Halos have expressed interest in free agent starters Bronson Arroyo and Bartolo Colon. Arroyo, 36, is said to be seeking a three-year contract. Colon, 40, can probably be had for a one- or two-year deal.

The Angels posted a 4.23 staff ERA in 2013 that ranked 24th in the majors. Only the Blue Jays, Mariners, Phillies, Rockies, Twins and Astros were worse.

Arroyo registered a 3.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 124/34 K/BB ratio in 202 innings with the Reds this past season. Colon had a 2.65 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 117/29 K/BB ratio in 190 1/3 innings with the A’s.

  1. asimonetti88 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    I like that they’re looking at starting pitchers, but they need to get younger, not older. As much fun as a Colon reunion would be.

    • km9000 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      Naturally you’d want younger pitchers, but so would everyone else. And they don’t have what it takes to pry one from someone else by trade.

      But if Kendrick could net something, I’d rather they trade him, as they have enough offense from the other positions to live with Green/Romine at 2nd. And he’d free up more salary than Trumbo after arbitration.

      • asimonetti88 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        I heard they had an opportunity to trade Kendrick for Zach Lee. Shame they didn’t pull the trigger on that one. I have to agree Howie is the best trade option, he’s a fun player to watch but we need to get better.

    • spudchukar - Nov 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Is that a new medical procedure?

  2. phillysports1 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    this is about the 13th time I hear that a team is interested in arroyo .

  3. soundsofsuccess7 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Arroyo would be a great option, we need innings!!

    • km9000 - Nov 24, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      And apparently he’s good at holding runners. What a concept.

  4. cowboysoldiertx - Nov 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    They will end up over paying in money and/or years for either. Id try to trade Trumbo for pitching. Power always nets something good.

    • knowlegeforyou - Nov 25, 2013 at 8:59 AM

      Marlins have Turner and Eovaldi

  5. 4d3fect - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    I’m not saying these pitchers are dogs, it just seems that the Angels FO is kind of flailing about right now.

    Maybe since 2002, actually.

  6. maikoch - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Smith has been about a 2 WAR player for the last three years. If he continues that, $15M is a relative bargain.

  7. moogro - Nov 24, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Doomed until they change their silly name: troll.

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