It is non tender day, and the Angels have officially non tendered 5 players. They are Keynan Middleton, Hansel Robles, Justin Anderson, Matt Andriese, and Hoby Milner.
Since all of these are bullpen arms, this means that the 2021 Angels bullpen will be vastly different from the 2020 one. Also of note, with Cam Bedrosian gone as well, Noé Ramirez is now the longest tenured arm in the bullpen.
The players that did get contracts include Shohei Ohtani, Andrew Heaney, Noé Ramirez, Dylan Bundy, and Max Stassi. So while this does mean that the Angels will save some money, that creates a rather large hole in the bullpen.
The key guys moving forward were always Mayers, Pena, Sandoval (I like him out of the pen), and a version of Buttrey reaching his potential, always seemed like the safe bets. I guess Noe is involved in that. I really wanted May, but they’re probably going to need 4-6 guys who can break ST with the team as well as depth.
This might be more interesting than the rotation.
Yeah, I really like Sandoval as a multi-inning weapon out of the pen.
I’m sure more moves will be made. The fact that we kept Ramirez over Middleton shows the moves were more about potential than just finances, as Ramirez is projected to earn more AND doesn’t have options, either.
So, I agree – the core pen right is at, at the minimum, Mayers, Pena, Buttrey, Ramirez. I see Sandoval as a high likelihood of being converted to a reliever. I also like Reyes, who we acquired at the deadline.
I would expect Minasian to add a high-leverage reliever, perhaps a LHRP like Brad Hand, and some low cost alternatives to fill out the pen.
I can’t help noticing that our team, in need of pitching, has non-tendered 5 pitchers and traded 2 more (is that right?) for an infielder.
But that’s ok. There’s plenty of time. I’m sure Perry has a plan. Maybe it’s to have a 2 man bullpen. I don’t know.
But in a funny way this is encouraging. Losing the pieces of a pen that was not stellar means we won’t be relying on it in 2021.
I’ll miss Key, though.
Key never really had the stuff. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up with a minor league deal and spring training invite somewhere.
I’d like to sign pitchers effective against the AL West, to begin with.
As far as players other teams have cut loose I’d be happy if Perry brought in Curt Caseli, Brian Goodwin, David Dahl, Eddie Rosario, Alex Claudio, Chasen Shreve, Archie Bradley, Tyler Anderson, Edgar Garcia all hold some potential to me.
I care more about who they ultimately get to fill the holes than who they let go. I’ll reserve judgment until I see that.
Should we be talking LOUDLY to Archie Bradley?
Everyones (If I were Perry) just took a hit because now you have to find a spot in the line up for Barreto
Baretto is heading to DFA city, just a matter of when.
Why, is he a suspect?
There is still time to get rid of him 🙂
I’m actually glad we kept Ramirez. He’s a gamer and a cool dude. Beyond that, he’s serviceable, and if they pair him with a couple hard throwers who don’t suck in the pen he could be a really effective change of pace man for an inning.
That’s exactly who he is and how he should be used.
I don’t know how much Andriese was due, but he did more than fine last year coming out of the pen. Especially threw his best baseball in September.
Disappointed about Robles and Anderson. I am okay with a bullpen without the others.
Andriese seemed like a valuable guy in long-relief and as a spot starter however.
Yeah I’ll miss Mr. Anderson.
Neo no mo
Now we have to ask the question, “Who is going to be so hot right now”?