Perry Minasian now has an even deeper talent pool to explore after Wednesday’s non-tender deadline has passed. Not surprising there isn’t any frontline starting pitching added to said pool, but the Angels have needs on the grass, on the mound, and behind the plate.
Here are a few non-tendered players who could fit on the Angels:
Curt Casali (Reds) C: a catcher with a career OPS+ of 95 coming off a year he reached 125 OPS+. Rated decently with the glove, he could provide a fairly inexpensive time share option with Stassi and would currently pencil in as our Opening Day starter. I’ve been hoping for him to become available and hope Minasian snags him.
Tyler Anderson (Giants) SP: Outside of a disastrous 2019, Anderson has proven to be right at a league average starter, owning a career ERA+ of 103. Maybe he’s a starter, maybe he’s a swing guy, but he’s 30, healthy and we need pitching.
Eddie Rosario (Twins) OF: Primarily a left fielder he’s capable of handling right, although metrics aren’t too kind to him there. He’s still only 28 years old and carries a career 108 wRC+. He’s a slugger not an OBP guy but could be a placeholder for Adell and Upton insurance.
Brian Goodwin (Reds) OF: Meet the new guy, same as the old guy. Goodwin is a known quantity and could slide back into his familiar role in right field until Adell or Marsh force their way up to The Show. He’s the definition of “solidly average” with a career OPS+ of 101 and DRS rating in right field of +2.
David Dahl (Rockies) OF: His first three years in the league he was 10% better than the average hitter, even after adjusting for Coors Field. Last year he was abysmal. A lefty bat who can cover both corner positions, has a career OPS+ of 103 and likely more upside than the two mentioned above. The key with Dahl is health.
Chasen Shreve (Mets) LHRP: Lefty with a killer strikeout rate and absolutely no platoon split but a propensity to give up the long ball, Shreve owns a career 10.5 K/9 to go along with a 1.6 HR/9. Walk rate of 4.5/9 isn’t great either, but he increased the use of his split finger fastball substantially last year and recorded a career high 12.2 K/9 and 1.160 WHIP. Shreve had several multi inning outings as well. Seems like a Callaway project to me, and the Mets Fansided author wanted him back.
Matt Wisler (Twins) RHRP: Matt unleashed his slider an unbelievable 83.4% of the time last year and rode it to career best 12.4 K/9, a number that has trended upwards for 3 straight seasons. His walk rate also jumped last year but sits a 3 per 9 on his career. He’s only 27 so if his elbow doesn’t fall off after all those sliders, could still have some upside remaining.
Hansel Robles (Angels) RHRP: 2020 was a bizarre year in a lot of way and in a small sample size Robles was really bad. But for two years prior he was really good. Robles was known to be a player who really missed fans in the stands, who liked that edge and adrenaline pump. Stadiums should have fans again and Hansel, to our knowledge, is healthy. He’s a good bet for a bounce back, just maybe not a $4 million bet in this market.
Alex Claudio (Brewers) LHRP: See a trend here? Claudio has a four pitch mix and gets lots of soft contact. Not a big strikeout guy but has a microscopic HR/9 rate of 0.7 and still manages a 2.78 SO/W rate thanks to a crazy low walk rate (2.6/9). We have Rendon, Iglesias, Fletcher on the infield, let them get some ground balls and quick innings.
John Brebbia (Cardinals) RHRP: Brebbia has been a stud in the Cardinals bullpen for the last three years. He had Tommy John surgery in the middle of this year but should be ready to go Opening Day 2022. Paying him a low base to recover next year with plenty of incentives for a couple of years after that might be a nice way to bolster a unit without a lot of depth.
For depth purposes I could see Tony Wolters or Delino Deshields brought in on non-guaranteed or minor league contracts. Carlos Rodon has been plagued by injuries but wouldn’t be blocking anybody in Salt Lake and would make a great minor league signing.