MLB Rumors: Angels Targeting Madison Bumgarner, More After Anthony Rendon Deal

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistDecember 12, 2019

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Miami Marlins during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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The Los Angeles Angels are plotting more offseason moves after reportedly landing the best hitter on the market. 

According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Angels agreed to a seven-year, $245 million deal with third baseman Anthony Rendon on Wednesday. 

Following that reported agreement, MLB Network's Jon Morosi added that the Angels still want to add a "significant" starting pitcher. Their free-agent options include Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel or Hyun-Jin Ryu, among others. 

Morosi also mentioned Colorado Rockies starter Jon Gray as a potential trade target for Los Angeles. 

The Angels have been among the most aggressive teams in free agency to this point, even though they haven't always landed their main targets. 

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reported the Angels made an offer to ace Gerrit Cole, but it was for fewer years and less average annual money than the nine years and $324 million he got from the New York Yankees. 

Rendon, who had 34 homers and 126 RBI last season with the Washington Nationals, is a significant upgrade in the lineup for the Angeles. Los Angeles third basemen hit a collective .262/.322/.390 with 31 homers and 126 RBI in 2019, per FanGraphs

Starting pitching was the most obvious area of need for the Angels this offseason. Trevor Cahill was their only pitcher who threw at least 100 innings last season. They ranked 29th in starters ERA (5.64) and last in innings pitched (681). 

After signing Mike Trout to a 12-year extension in March, the Angels are working to build a roster around the reigning AL MVP that can get them back to the postseason for the first time since 2014. 

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