By: Kyle May
By now it is no secret that the Angels are in dire need of starting pitching. If losing ace Garrett Richards for the season to Tommy John surgery wasn’t bad enough, the Angels now have to cope with a UCL injury for Andrew Heaney. Heaney will reportedly try to avoid undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The Angels have a relatively weak farm system, especially since top pitching prospects Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis were traded to the Atlanta Braves in the offseason.
CJ Wilson is not expected to return until mid-June, and Andrew Heaney is not expected back until mid-July. So what do the Angels do?
It is likely that recently demoted Matt Shoemaker will return to the Angels’ staff, which currently consists of Jered Weaver, Hector Santiago, and Nick Tropeano.
The Angels will likely need to go after current free agents Kyle Lohse and Tim Lincecum. Signing one of them would be good, but finding a way to bring in both would be great.
Although Kyle Lohse struggled in 2015, he was a quality pitcher from 2011-2014. In that span he went 54-30 and his ERA never exceeded 3.54. In 2013 and 2014 combined, he posted a 40.1% ground ball rate.
Lohse would cost the Angels anywhere from around $5 million to $11 million per year.
Out of the two, Tim Lincecum should be the Angels’ primary target. He is younger, which means that he could stick around for possibly the rest of his career. He was a 4-time all-star and a back-to-back Cy Young award winner in his prime.
He owns a career record of 108-83 and a career ERA of 3.61.
In his recent showcase, Lincecum sat 88-91 mph on his fastball, which shows that he still has stuff left in the tank.
Lincecum would cost the Angels anywhere from around $8 million to $13 million per year.
This is how Lohse and Lincecum have done in their careers versus the AL West:
vs. Oakland Athletics
Kyle Lohse: 45 IP, 1-3 record, 5.40 ERA, 24 Ks
Tim Lincecum: 66.2 IP, 5-3 record, 2.70 ERA, 71 Ks
vs. Houston Astros
Kyle Lohse: 127.1 IP, 10-8 record, 2.69 ERA, 62 Ks
Tim Lincecum: 63.1 IP, 5-0 record, 0.99 ERA, 70 Ks
vs. Seattle Mariners
Kyle Lohse: 71.2 IP, 3-5 record, 4.40 ERA, 49 Ks
Tim Lincecum: 10.2 IP, 1-1 record, 5.91 ERA, 9 Ks
vs. Texas Rangers
Kyle Lohse: 59.0 IP, 3-4 record, 6.56 ERA, 50 Ks
Tim Lincecum: 5.2 IP, 0-1 record, 7.94 ERA, 5 Ks
At this point the Angels do not have many options other than to put their trust in these veterans. Both have flashed signs of greatness throughout their careers and the Angels can only hope that they can provide some quality starts and help turn their season around.