Matt Wise has tested positive for COVID-19. He reportedly feels fine, but protocols are protocols. Contact tracing reveals no other Angels who test positive. For now it will be pitching coach by committee. On a more positive note, Jaime Barria has arrived at camp. Our Gold Glove pitcher Griffin Canning made this list of ten pitchers poised to break out in 2021. The Angels are exactly middle of the pack in these MLB Power Rankings to start spring training. Here is an article about Jared Walsh getting the reps at first base this year. Jose Quintana is looking to put his wine glass accident behind him and have a comeback year in 2021.
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Ian Desmond just opted out of his second season in a row. Fernando Tatis Jr. owes a whole bunch of money to Big League Advance now. He can afford it though. Shane Bieber tested positive for COVID-19. The Giants designated reliever Trevor Gott for assignment. We’ll see where he ends up. This may have something to do with them signing Aaron Sanchez. Shun Yamaguchi, recently released by the Blue Jays, now has a modest deal with the Giants. Nick Tropeano might end up pitching in a long relief role.
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