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Angels GM Billy Eppler looks at Garrett Richards as an ace

Angels GM Billy Eppler looks at Garrett Richards as an ace

Asked whether the Angels were looking to add an ace-caliber pitcher to their rotation, Billy Eppler responded with a question.

"What's an ace?" the rookie general manager said.

Someone like Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez or David Price.

"How many are there?" Eppler said.

Fifteen?

Pointing to Garrett Richards, Eppler said, "I think we have one of those 15."

The 27-year-old Richards was 15-12 with a 3.65 earned-run average this year in a career-high 32 starts. Last year, he was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA.

"He's been able to shut down lineups," Eppler said at the general managers meetings. "As he grows more,...

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