Lucas Giolito throws a pitch for the Chicago White Sox. Jul 9, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (27) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Reports emerged on earlier on Wednesday night that Los Angeles Angels are taking two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani — set to be a free agent after the season ends — off the trade market. If that news wasn’t already confirmation that the Angels are “going for it” this season, a move they made hours later really cemented it.

The Angels have acquired starting pitcher Lucas Giolito and relief pitcher Reynaldo López in exchange for minor-league pitcher Ky Bush and catcher Edgar Quero.

The headliner of this trade is definitely Giolito.

Giolito, 29, has a 3.79 ERA over 121 innings pitched (21 starts) this season. He’s been one of the top right-handers in the American League over the last several years — an AL All-Star in 2019 — and adds a big boost to the Angels’ starting rotation. Like Ohtani, he’ll be a free agent after the season ends.

López is a former starting pitcher who’s seen a huge velocity increase out of the bullpen. This season, he has a mediocre 4.29 ERA, but he’s striking out a career-best 29.2 percent of hitters while averaging 98.5 mph on his fastball.

In return, the White Sox — one of MLB’s most disappointing teams this season at 41-62 — get two intriguing prospects. Quero was slotted in as the Angels’ No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, while Bush — a left-handed pitcher — slotted in at No. 3.

Additionally, MLB Network’s’ Jon Morosi reports that the Angels “have discussed a Jeimer Candelario trade with Nats.”

Candelario — also a free agent after the season ends — has .256/.336/.438 slash line this season while playing a strong third base with the Washington Nationals.

So, the Angels are officially buyers, and it seems they’re not done yet.

Here’s how MLB fans have reacted to the news:

The Angels are 52-49, four games back in the AL Wild Card race and seven games back in the AL West. They’re trying to make the postseason for the first time since 2014.

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