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Report: Angels exploring trade for a starting pitcher

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Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Angels know full well that they must find at least one top-end starting pitcher after pulling off the Anthony Rendon signing on Wednesday.

General manager Billy Eppler and Co. have been more linked to the free-agent market when it comes to this. But now that Gerrit Cole is off the market, Los Angeles is reportedly turning its attention to the trade market.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Angels are looking to add a starter through that means.

It’s not a secret that the Cleveland Indians have both Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco on the trade block. Los Angeles has been linked to both of them in recent months.

Fresh off signing Rendon, Los Angeles has the ability to tap into its limited farm system to pull off a trade. That would likely come cheaper in terms of the finances than signing a free-agent starter in a bull market.

If this doesn’t come to fruition, a backup option would be to sign someone off said market.

What we do know is that the Angels are not stopping with the signing of Rendon. Look for something big to happen on this front in the coming days.