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Angels GM Billy Eppler prefers not to trade away pitchers

Angels GM Billy Eppler prefers not to trade away pitchers

The Angels have a surplus of starting pitching, including several young arms that other teams might covet, but new General Manager Billy Eppler is reluctant to deal from that area of strength.

"I'd prefer not to do that," Eppler said Monday on the first day of baseball's winter meetings. "There's an element of that that is robbing Peter to pay Paul. We're going to need a number of starting pitchers — five, seven, eight, nine — throughout the season. We want to keep that depth."

If the price tags soar on the free-agent outfielders the Angels are pursuing — Jason Heyward, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton and Alex Gordon appear to top the list...

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