Chicago Cubs: Epstein getting “creative” to acquire starting pitching

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Garrett Richards

be pried away from the Angels? Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels

The Angels need help at first base, middle infield, and designated hitter, especially now that Albert Pujols could miss some playing time in 2016. The Angels also have a healthy stable of starting pitchers.

Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson would certainly look great pitching in Cubs’ pinstripes, but their contracts make them unattractive to the Cubs’ front office.

The Angels still have Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker, and Garrett Richards. Richards would demand quite a bit in return and may actually be near untouchable as he’s shown consistent improvement the past two years and has several more years under team control.

It’s possible the Angels could bite on a trade if the Cubs offered both Castro and Baez and some minor league-ers. Santiago or Shoemaker may come with a little less steep of a price tag, perhaps Castro and a top-tier minor league-er.