Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 5/23/15
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have made a number of moves this offseason, most recently the signing of Raul Ibanez to a one year contract. All defensive positions are filled with a potential five man rotation set of: Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Hector Santiago, Garrett Richards, and Tyler Skaggs. But Santiago could be used as a bullpen piece, and the Halos may want to add a veteran arm to the rotation. Matt Garza is one free agent name that continuously gets thrown in the mix for the Angels. Garza is 30 years old and has made a name for himself recently with the Cubs before being moved to Texas where he struggled in the second half of the season with the Rangers. Garza’s ERA jumped over a full run after leaving Chicago, going from a 3.17 in 71 innings pitched to a 4.38 in 84.1 innings pitched. With a .326 batting average on balls in play (BAbip) versus left handers in 2013, Garza’s numbers were higher than he’s ever seen. Regardless, Garza is still expected to get a decently sized payday with the low amount of power starters on the free agent market. So where does that leave the Angels? The Halos sit roughly at a $174 million payroll for the 2013 season. That means the Angels will want to add their rotation piece for no more than $15 million as the luxury-tax threshold limits what they can do. Arguably the best perk involving Garza is the fact that whichever team signs him will not have to give up a draft pick. Though Garza has a few perks, the Angels may want to reconsider signing him due to a few things that many general managers have overlooked. Garza’s temper is not something to be flirted with. He’s been the talk of a few scandals since his Major League career began in 2006 with the most recent scandal involving Oakland Athletics’ Eric Sogard and his wife regarding heated tweets Garza sent. Though his past numbers may grab the Angels’ interest, they may want to consider how team comradery plays into on field performance. Having a completely different temper on the team may warrant some unfavorable team actions down the road, especially if he might obtain upwards of a three year contract. No views yet
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