As discussed on this blog yesterday, Jerry Dipoto's grand plan to fill out the final two spots in the rotation appears to be either on life support or straight up dead on arrival. With the Winter Meetings on the horizon, it is time to start thinking outside of the box to come up with alternative plans. At this point, just about anything outside of trading Mike Trout should be on the table for the Angels as their ability to add quality arms is looking pretty bleak. So what can they do?
Pay the damn luxury tax
The ultimate goal here has to be for the Angels to not just add two warm bodies to the rotation, but to add two impactful arms to the rotation. With the trade market for Kendrick dwindling, that means they are stuck in free agency purgatory because they only have $17 million to spend before hitting the luxury tax and $8 million to spend before they hit their nominal payroll cap. How do they overcome that? By removing those financial restrictions. Forget about the pride of not paying the luxury tax, just accept that it needs to be paid and blow right past it. Go out and sign Matt Garza and throw all the money you can at Masahiro Tanaka. This is a team that is in real danger of becoming a perpetual high-priced loser and the fans are going to start jumping ship. That's just the nature of the situation they've spent themselves into. If they don't win and win now, they are screwed for the next four years, so they might as well go out in a blaze of spending glory to try and save themselves. This is Jerry and Arte's Butch-and-Sundance moment.