Expect the Angels to remain interested observers, rather than fierce bidders, when it comes to the pitching market this winter.As General Manager Billy Eppler was preparing to head for next week’s GM meetings in Orlando, he reiterated that the primary goal is finding more bats.“We’d still like to address more offense,” Eppler said, “while keeping an eye open on the pitching market, both starting and relieving.”Eppler said the Angels will “look for value, similar to what we did last year,” when it comes to adding pitching. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error If that sounds like the Angels will be on the sidelines when it comes to the pursuit of marquee starters like Yu Darvish, Jake Arrieta or Shohei Otani or closer Wade Davis, it’s probably a fair assessment.Never one to paint himself into a corner, Eppler left some wiggle room that they still may end up acquiring an established pitcher: “You can get good deals on a Mercedes. It’s possible. You just understand what you’re willing to allocate toward a certain player, and if your expectation and their expectation intersect, you try to get something done.”While it may disappoint many fans that Eppler views pitching as a secondary need, it’s understandable. Eppler believes the Angels have plenty of good pitchers. The problem was they weren’t healthy last year.As of now, starters Garrett Richards, Andrew Heaney, Tyler Skaggs, Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano and Parker Bridwell are all fully cleared. JC Ramirez, who underwent stem-cell therapy to treat a sore elbow, has another ultrasound scheduled for the end of this month, after which the Angels are hoping he too will be cleared.“I feel good about it because of what we were able to see from Garrett down the stretch and Andrew coming back and showing where he’s at from a health perspective,” Eppler said. “Last year we didn’t know we’d have Heaney and we knew we wouldn’t have Tropeano.” Ramirez, who was a reliever, and Bridwell, was with the Baltimore Orioles, are both additions to the starting pitcher depth chart from a year ago.“There are a number of names there for us that we did not have last year,” said Eppler, who added prospects Jaime Barria, Osmer Morales and Vicente Campos into the mix to help in 2018.Obviously, most of those pitchers have been question marks because of injuries or even mixed performance. But Eppler appears to believe that there is enough quantity there that they can piece together a winning rotation.As for the bullpen, two of the Angels most valuable relievers in 2017 — Yusmeiro Petit and Bud Norris — are free agents. Eppler said it’s too early in the process to know if either will be back.Otherwise, the top holdovers for the bullpen include Blake Parker, Cam Bedrosian, Jose Alvarez, Keynan Middleton, Noe Ramirez and Blake Wood. Although Ramirez and Wood made only September cameos with the Angels, their combined 32 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings have Eppler feeling good about their role going forward.While there are plenty of pitching names on the Angels’ board that they like, they still have at least one gaping hole — at second base — on the offensive depth chart, which is why that’s where Eppler believes the resources are best spent now. The Angels also could upgrade at third or first.Otani, of course, could help the pitching and the offense.Otani has starred on the mound and at the plate in Japan. The Nippon Ham Fighters announced on Friday that he will be made available to major league teams this winter, and he’s hired a U.S.-based agent.Eppler wouldn’t say how hard the Angels would go after Otani, since he’s not even officially available yet. The process of signing him won’t be simply a matter of offering the most money, though. Under the terms of baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement, Otani, 23, falls under the same rules as international amateurs, so his bonus is limited by the international spending pools. No team has more than about $3 million left, and the Angels have less than $1 million.That means Otani’s decision is likely to come down to where he wants to play, which could be based on a franchise’s history with Japanese players, his marketing opportunities and a club’s willingness to let him play both ways.With Albert Pujols locked in as the Angels’ designated hitter, it would seem to limit the team’s flexibility to let Otani hit regularly.AlsoEppler said the Angels are still having conversations about hiring a new third base coach to replace Ron Roenicke, who left to be the Boston Red Sox bench coach…Sal Fasano, the Angels’ Double-A manager, left to become the catching coach for the Atlanta Braves.