Angels acquire RHP Aaron Slegers from the Rays for a PTBNL

Just as people started to think about sleep, Perry shocks us with a trade announcement. Angels get RHP Aaron Slegers for a PTBNL or cash. To make room for him, Dillon Peters has been DFA-ed.

Aaron Slegers was worth 0.5 Baseball Reference WAR last season out of the Tampa Bay bullpen. He had an ERA+ of 123 and an ERA of 3.46 in 11 games in 2020. Still only 27, he does not have much experience, pitching in only 20 games in his 4 partial MLB seasons.

Thus, he is pre arbitration as of now, and such the Angels can pay him the minimum. For such an inexperienced player he did pitch in the playoffs in 2020, shutting out Houston in 3 and 2/3 innings.

What do you think? Good trade? Too inexperienced? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.

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johnnyangel101
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9 months ago

Rays had him abandon his fastball last year in favor of his sinker/slider mix. The results were fantastic. Let’s see if he can continue his success.

red floyd
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9 months ago

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2002heaven
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9 months ago

Another Joe Kelly & Nathan Eovaldii kind of guy
 👎  👎  😣 …….not good enuff!!!. BTW we’re not exactly the 2018 Boston Red Sox.

Chase Kimura
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9 months ago

Kind of a fun trade, he’s an interesting profile (kinda reminds me of Chris Young when he was with the Padres). If can continue to limit walks, generate a ton of weak contact to go along with the Halos’ infield defense, pitch multiple innings, to go along with the deadened baseball, he could be solid. Similar role to Pena, but in lower leverage situations.

WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago
Reply to  Chase Kimura

Also continue to shut down the Astros

FungoAle
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9 months ago

After been cut by 3-MLB teams in 2019, I’m not counting on this one. Being 6-10 is not really an advantage darting off the mound to pick up dribblers. Now…unless he could throw gas??? To me, regretfully he will take up one of the remaining slots in the pen which we were hoping to go to a more accomplished reliever and have Perry spend some cash.

anewfoundthrice
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9 months ago

1.09 career mlb whip! I’m liking this trade

2002heaven
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9 months ago

Keep on hopin…… 😆 

GrandpaBaseball
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9 months ago

I too hope this is a surprise pick up. Truth is Peters may get a chance better than he was going to see here, with another team maybe in Japan or Korea.

HalosFanForLife
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9 months ago

Talk about changing angles. Put him in after/before Suarez.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

That would be really obtuse.

red floyd
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9 months ago
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HalosFanForLife
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9 months ago

Does he have 3 point range?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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9 months ago

I like this better than the Robel, Fowler and Cobb moves.

Fansince1971
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9 months ago

Do we have any idea who was traded from the Angels? Tough to evaluate the trade without knowing that.

Charles Sutton
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

It might end up being just cash considerations.

Fansince1971
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9 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Cash is a good player – 5 tools.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

He walks the line with the best of them, and is not afraid to get in the middle of a burning ring of fire.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

The Rays are already managing enough Cash. Why do they need more?

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

and as an added bonus he faced the Asstros twice in the playoffs last year and shut them down both times.

JackFrost
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Obviously a small sample, but that is nonetheless a good sign. Apparently this guy can handle pressure. If you can excel in the high stress environment of playoff baseball you’re probably not going to be thrown by coming into regular season late inning high leverage spots.

Of course I am not certain what the game context was for his 3 and one third scoreless. That was a tight series so am guessing it was not mop up duty etc..

Last edited 9 months ago by JackFrost
Mia
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Mia
9 months ago

Maybe we can get a 2014 Shoemaker season out of him.

Am I crazy for seeing comparisons? Late twenties, small appearances in the bigs, just needs a shot.

WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago
Reply to  Mia

Or he turns into Randy Johnson!

2002heaven
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9 months ago

That kind of thing doesn’t happen with this franchise
Mostly because of our inept scouting and player development throughout our beleaguered history. 😥 

Jessica DeLine
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9 months ago
Reply to  Mia

Let’s hope!

Eric_in_Portland
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9 months ago

I’m seeing that Tampa needed to make a move to fit Chris Archer on the 40 man squad.

I like this actually. As pointed out, he has options which gives us flexibility and he’s pitched well recently. I prefer that over so-called bounce back candidates.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

His splits indicate that he is actually pretty good one time around the line up (an OPS less than .600) but then starts getting torched during round 2. So I’m think more like a multi inning reliever

matthiasstephan
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We could use one (or more) of those. We have a few 5 inning starters already.

Jeff Joiner
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9 months ago

I really think this is the plan. Go more Tampa Bay. At this point, Barria, Slegers, Pena, Guerra, Sandoval are all capable of going multiple innings and all but Barria have an option.

That should allow the team to rotate through these guys throughout the year.

matthiasstephan
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9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I agree. That said, I would still love another SP (Walker?) and closer type (Rosenthal).

If I read it right, we are at last year’s salary, but Arte said we would go closer to the cap. If that is right, there might be room for one more move.

Jeff Joiner
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9 months ago

Arte has never gotten much closer than $10 million from the luxury tax. We currently sit about $17 million from it.

That’s probably one key bullpen piece. We should be a pretty premium landing place for starters on minor league deals. We offer the clearest path to MLB time on a decent team and can offer a little more in salary if they do make it.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

If we squeezed the lemon a little more and added my hero Brett Anderson for say 5M and Malancon for 3M I’d be pretty happy with what we have. It’s not steak, but it’s a solid grilled cheese sandwich.

Obviously at that point we’d have some roster decisions or trades to make.

2002heaven
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9 months ago

Is Parker Bridwell still out there? 😆 

Jeff Joiner
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9 months ago

A commenter on MLBTR says he has an option left. Peters does not. If that’s the case this move makes sense strictly from a flexibility standpoint.

I realize it will occasionally blow up in your face but in general I’m fine with pitching to some contact. If we’re going to have Rendon/Iglesias/Fletcher let’s take advantage of those gloves.

Last edited 9 months ago by Jeff Joiner
Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

But isn’t the prescription for that fever more Mullet?

Jeff Joiner
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I had to edit. Thank you autocorrect.

ryanfea
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9 months ago

Fits Perry’s game plan of keeping the ball on the ground. Needed more depth and Dillon Peters sucks so I like the move!

Eric_in_Portland
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9 months ago

No more Diddlin’. Somebody smarter than I am will have to come up with a silly nickname for Slegers.

As for what it means on the field, I’ve got no idea.

angelslogic
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9 months ago

I like “Sleg” pronounced like “leg” with an ‘s’ in front.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  angelslogic

Like keggers?

WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Getter than Cankles

WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago

6-10

Is Stretch to obvious?

HalosFanForLife
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9 months ago

I don’t know but the team finally picked up a center.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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9 months ago

A-A-Ron

Turk's Teeth
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9 months ago

Weird profile. 6’10” righty with an 89-91 mph fastball. Got hit around quite a bit in the upper minors – doesn’t miss many bats.

Turk's Teeth
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9 months ago

Yeah, he seems to live in the lower corners and the extreme downward plane helps him avoid hard contact perhaps. May have been at the mercy of his defense in the minors.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Turk's Teeth

Dude must look 8ft tall and 45 feet away on a mound.

Jeff Joiner
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9 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

So we got Weaver back ha ha.

Turk's Teeth
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9 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Kinda the inverse, since Weaver was a flyball guy with a knack for the infield fly, but both tall, no doubt.

Slegers is interesting. Big extension, unusual release point. Hitters struggle to barrel him. Will be intriguing to watch a guy that big in action.

Fills out to depth of six in the secondary squad now: Sandoval, Barría, Pena, Slegers, Suárez, Naughton.

matthiasstephan
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9 months ago
Reply to  Turk's Teeth

Detmers?

Cowboy26
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9 months ago

CRod?

Jeff Joiner
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I don’t think we want either of them pushed into action this year. If they are absolutely dealing and force their way onto the roster, yes.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Yeah. If things aren’t going terrible hopefully we have a couple “fun” starts late in the year where CRod or Detmers get a big league start or two while a guy rests because of scheduling/double headers etc. But I really don’t want to NEED those two this year.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
9 months ago

All we need is Ludovicus Jacobus Maria “Loek” van Mil on the roster and the basketball team is set.