The Angels have a little deeper pitching headed into the 2015 seaosn. They added Nick Tropeano from Houston in exchange for Hank Conger and got Andrew Heaney from the Dodgers for Howie Kendrick. Matt Shoemaker had a breakout rookie campaign and Jered Weaver is Jered Weaver. Garrett Richards will not be pitching in early April but is expected back soon thereafter following successful knee surgery. In this equation Hector Santiago would be the swingman in the bullpen.
But then there is that $38 Million owed over the next two seasons to C.J. Wilson. What is to be done about our resident Mazda dealer? While every team wants to be rich in pitching, keeping CJ around after a miserable 2014 is asking to bitten twice by the disappointment snake. No thanks. He is a league average lefty who cannot even take advantage of a greatly expanded strike zone to paint a corner as it is called. Good news though, after three of his five contracted seasons here, his no trade clause has expired. CJ can be traded.
Meanwhile down in Miami, the Marlins have a little conundrum. They acquired Dan Haren from the Dodgers but Haren has hinted he will retire if he is not pitching for a Southern California team in 2015. That would leave the Marlins with a hole in their pitching rotation. The Florida Fish were smart enough, though, to make the Dodgers pay Haren's 2015 salary. And so they could trade Haren to the Angels - where he wants to pitch - for Wilson, who no Halo fan wants to see pitch. The only question is how much of the money owed CJ would the Angels have to eat.
The Marlins might agree to pay more of the $38 MIllion the closer the season gets and the louder Haren threatens to take his ball and go home. Patience can be a cost-saving friend to Jerry Dipoto in this situation.