Angels sign outfielder Adam Eaton

Before the second half of the Angels season kicked off, the team signed outfielder Adam Eaton to a Major League contract.

The White Sox should be paying the remainder of his salary minus the Major League minimum for which the Angels are on the hook, as they released him previously when his production didn’t match his salary.

Adam Eaton slashed .201/.298/.344/.642 in 58 games for the White Sox this season. Eaton should slot into a corner outfield position as the team waits for Mike Trout and Justin Upton to get healthy.

Regardless, Eaton is a Major League outfielder, and this move means that the team can stop trotting out infielders like Luis Rengifo, Taylor Ward, Phil Gosselin, and José Rojas in the outfield. That’s a win in my book.

SP Dillon Peters was DFA’d in a corresponding move.

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ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
1 year ago

Wondered if we’d do this when he was released since he sort of fills the Dexter Fowler role of a veteran/clubhouse presence that, you know, actually is an Outfielder.

All our corner outfielders have been infielders playing out of position.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member

Eaton > Ward, Rojas, Rengifo. Although I’m perplexed regarding how Mayfield remains on roster, signing Eaton is a smart, savvy, low-risk decision.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

Based upon their current teams’ salaries ( prorated league minimum), Would Eaton > Pujols for the Angels?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
Reply to  Cowboy26

Good question – I believe it would. Key for me is that Eaton wants to be here.

h27kim
Trusted Member
1 year ago

I’d been pondering about this for a while, since Eaton hit release waivers, and this seems like a decent to even good idea–unless he really hit skids defensively last year or two. He’d been a good defensive outfielder with decent offensive skills as recently as 2019, even if often-injured. For major league minimum, this is a worthwhile gamble.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

I’m convinced he’s not the answer. Perry (I call him Perry now because I liked the draft) knows he’s not the answer but he also knows Rengifo and Gosselin in the outfield are not the answers, either.

Much as I hate it, Albert has hit better for that other team than he did with us. Maybe we’ll get lucky and Eaton will produce.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago

Again, it costs us almost nothing so it is very low risk. It would have been nice to get a serviceable OF piece who in additional to providing solid defense would also give us at least something offensively.

I am happy we won’t have to see Ward or Rengifo in the OF, but what I really want is for Trout and Upton to be out there. It seems like both might still need more time. Recently we were led to believe Trout would be in the lineup right after the All Star break. We really need both guys for this very important series against the Mariners starting tomorrow. We can’t afford to be scoring only 3 or 4 runs on Friday night, especially with Heaney starting (this is another issue with which I am unhappy and will address elsewhere).

In short, I am very unhappy with our training and medical staff and how player rehab is handled. In addition to the misinformation it seems they are just not very good.

Last edited 1 year ago by JackFrost
Cowboy26
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1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

If you look at Eaton’s splits ( as well as Lagares) if deployed wisely Eaton cam provide an offensive upgrade in right field when the GOAT finally returns.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

Albert has hit better against Left Handed Pitching than he did with us. The Doyers have deployed him wisely in that regard where they can limit his at bats to facing left handed pitching journeymen or, in the case of last Saturday, Right Handed Pitching right fielders. Albert has done nothing since donning the Latrine Blue to improve his splits against Right handed Pitching where he is still carrying an OPS of .524 this year. From all accounts his defense has continued to deteriorate with each passing day. If he tried any of the acrobatic moves that have become common place with with our current first baseman, they would have to crane his ass off of the bag and put him in traction for about a month.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

You gotta remember too, the crux of the Pujols issue was he wanted to start. Being limited to hitting off lefty meat? He was totally refusing to do that here.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
1 year ago

I don’t get why adell or marsh wouldn’t get the call up.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 year ago

Because neither is ready

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Yeah, no matter how much they light up the pinball machine in SLC, they need ABs and reps in the minors. I think we all saw this with Adell last year..

Last edited 1 year ago by FungoAle
ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
1 year ago

Under-discussed story is how little Marsh has played in the past year because of so many injuries.

Adell is being kept down for defensive reps and learning the strike zone in a way that will allow him to swim instead of sink next time.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

If you look at Adell’s current K’s/AB and lack of BB’s/AB this year at AAA, it looks like he’s barely graduated up to getting his floaties.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Are we prepared for the possibility Jo will never be anything more than a masher who constantly strikes out and can’t field?

eatgrasslikegoat
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

No

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

I can’t remember and I’m too GA to look. Does Ward have any options left?

Here’s the thing, I actually think Ward has some value. I think, in general, he can be a 100 OPS+ guy. I think it would be kind of cool to send him down, let him beat on some pitchers, and at the same time make him play some 3B, some 1B, a bunch of corner OF and even some games at catcher again. I think he could be a pretty solid bench player if he could get livable at several positions and I don’t really think that’s impossible for him. Heck, if the Angels were the Rangers I’d say just do it on the big club, but he needs to go to a safe space and try some stuff out.

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago

He had two before the season started, leaving 1.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Hasn’t he been up and down, so we won’t burn another one if he goes down again?

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

I’m too GA to follow up.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

One option counts for an entire season as long as the player spends at least 20 days in the minor leagues, so they can send him up and down like a yoyo all year long.

https://www.mlb.com/glossary/transactions/minor-league-options

MarineLayer
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Thank you for this. I never understood this rule until now.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  red floyd

Yeah, I believe you’re right.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

Es Verdad.

eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago

If I can quote Adam saying that this is most fun he has had in years, I’m all in on this pick up

Bl0chead
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Not a fan of Eaton at all. Seems like an all-around shitbag. I think there’s a reason why Chicago decided to eat all the money owed to him and rid themselves of this guy in the clubhouse even though they’re considerably short-handed at the moment.

eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Bl0chead

He may get a front-office gig if Arte reads that Deadspin article. Maybe GPaBB can forward him the link

Twebur
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  eyespy

I hate assholes too….But hearing that Eaton hung up on Carmen and Jurko was too much for me. Now I hope they keep trotting out Ward, Rengifo and Rojas, screw improving the team.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Twebur

I can’t believe he hung up on Carmen and Jurko. Its incredible! Hanging up on Carmen and Jurko! Just one question, Chief. Who are Carmen and Jurko?

Twebur
Super Member
1 year ago

Obviously Chicago royalty. You might think about hanging up on Rodger Lodge, but not Carmen and Jurko….that’s espn radio your messing with, might get back to Screaming A Smith.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago

Would you believe they’re the new sausage kings of Chicago?

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Does Abe Froman know about this?

DowningDude
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

“it’s understanding that allows people like us to put up with people like you.”

Wonder what happened when the real Abe Froman arrived and his table was already taken?

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Thank you both for playing. Unfortunately, the answer we were looking for was, “No, Max.” Again, that was “No, Max.”

Here’s your lovely parting gift.

tanana40
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

These comments are just genius. They made my day.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Also acceptable would have been “Zomehow, Shmart, I find zat razzer hard to believe.”.

losangel
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Bl0chead

Thanks for the links. I don’t think what he said or did is that big of a deal, he’s just relating to his own experience and motivations, which most people do. If he hung up on a talk show host because they were putting him in an uncomfortable position about his manager, I can’t say I blame him.

That being said, now is his last chance and he better put up some numbers or else! Hopefully this pushes Ward too.

Simba
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Bl0chead

“Yeah, there’s the grindy part of his assholery, the part that new manager Tony La Russa probably measures in “Ecksteins” on his notecards, continuing in the long White Sox tradition of A.J. Pierzynski, Tony Phillips, et. al.”

I loved how Ecksteins are a thing.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Simba

We know Pierzynski’s are a thing.

I suspect the Unit of Measure for Tony Phillips would be in “Ivanhoes”

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  Simba

How many Willits in an Eckstein? And what’s the Eckstein measure for Fletch?

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

There are now multiple Ecksteins in a Fletch. Not sure how many exactly but I think its something less than infinity

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Bl0chead

I didn’t think his comments on MiLB were all that bad, seemed pretty measured, but yeah, he’s a douche. What I love is all the “Oh mah garsh! Ah cuyant wait tah see this guy and not Ward out thar…” crap.

Ummmm, yeah. Wait till you see this guy out there. We also better hope he remembers how to hit a little cause his recent seasons make Ward look like a pretty good bat. Also of fun note, why have we solved the Angels injury woes in the outfield by signing a guy who almost always seems to be injured for years now?

At least he’s a giant grit pump. Some people around here will like that as he Erstys his way to a .550 OPS and negative DRS with lots of competitive fire.

Fleckstein
Trusted Member
1 year ago

I have this feeling that unless he hits extraordinarily well, Eaton will only be with the team a month or so. And better than having Jay come back.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Fleckstein

Exactly, consider it like an NBA 10-day contract, he is here to produce, if not, he is let go. Why is everyone complaining about “he’s hurt a lot,”’ he “says bad things,” “he’s stupid,” he cost us no prospects and it is hard to believe he’s a worse option than what we’ve seen this far in in RF. I was hopeful of Schebler but the Angel brass does not seem to be committed to playing him when swing or Rengifo is out in RF. As you stated, he’s gone in a month if he falls apart.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I was rooting for Schebler but his 2 limited auditions were just plain horrible.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Fleckstein

And that is okay. If he plays solid defense and does not cost us any games with a key blunder in the OF (Rengifo did just that !!) then that is an improvement.

The obvious downside is that Eaton might as well be going up to the plate holding a plastic straw. That is what he’ll deliver offensively.

Last edited 1 year ago by JackFrost
red floyd
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Last I heard, .201 > .16<something>. He may be holding a plastic straw, but Rengifo was holding a blade of grass.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  JackFrost

And added bonus: now Rengifo can devote more time to commit key blunders at 3B until the Tin Man comes back.

JackFrost
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

At least the Tin Man is on his way to seeing the Wizard and getting redemption….

I am not sure what path Rengifo is on but I can tell you it is not the Yellow Brick Road.

angelslogic
Super Member
1 year ago

Eaton in the outfield instead of Rengifo, Ward, or Gosselin? That’s a win in my book.

TapatioMan
Member
1 year ago

Rev Halofan, do you have an imposter/troll on MLBTR?

Or did you actually suggest Ward, Rengifo, and a non-prospect for Bryant/Kimbrel?

Haha

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Just hoped Angels would get him when the DFA news came out since it’s been hard watching those IFs in the OF.

Now with Eaton added to Rendon and Kurt, we can go all IN on Sherzer that 2019 Nationals are kind of regrouping in Anaheim. Maybe keep an eye on Trea Turner too.(probably too expensive but who knows)

TapatioMan
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  tommyshalo

Scherzer still looked nasty in the ASG, huh?

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

in a somewhat related story, Cole Hamels will be showcasing on Friday. I think we have to be interested enough to check him out.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

With ties to both Perry & Joe I would think we’d be on top of this

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

We’ve seen this story many times. Pitchers who we’re not signed in the off-season and “showcase” half-way thru the season, never produce.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

like Lincecum

steelgolf
Super Member
1 year ago

Meh, he will play decent defense in the outfield but really doesn’t have a bat for the offense. Doesn’t move the needle one way or the other for me. Maybe it is because I’m still riding the “Angels drafted nothing but pitchers” high.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Have you seen Rengifo hit lately ?

TapatioMan
Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

None of us have!

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  TapatioMan

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Twebur
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Rim shot…..

steelgolf
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Oh, Rengifo is terrible on both sides.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Yeah, he has had enough playing time to demonstrate his potential, just not there. Not a good defender. Cannot blame that on COVID.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 year ago

Any news on when Trout is officially back?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Fansince1971

Well, if they say soon then you know he’s probably done for the year.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

This weekend, right? Let’s go Halos!

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 year ago

Remember we had Eaton for a few minutes back in Trumbo deal. Technically we got Skaggs and Eaton then flipped Eaton to Chicago for Santiago.

He’s finally made it here.

Jayman28
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I thought the Angels kind of botched that trade tbh, they should have gotten Quintana instead of Santiago from the White Sox even though the Angels have him now and he’s just bad, and gotten Archie Bradley instead of Skaggs

Last edited 1 year ago by Jayman28
Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago

For once, some other team is paying a MLB castoff’s salary

red floyd
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1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

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Twebur
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Two this year…we tricked the Cardinals into paying big chuck of Dexter Fowler’s contract.
The Times they are a’chang’in..Go Perry!

steelgolf
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Twebur

Who? Who is this Dexter Fowler you speak of?

Fansince1971
Legend
1 year ago

I’d rather have Eaton in right or pinch hitting than either Ward or Rengifo. He’s also better than Upton defensively. This lifts the floor a little bit. I like it.

Last edited 1 year ago by Fansince1971
Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 year ago

This is an upgrade from Rengifo in right. Definitely with the glove and, sadly, also with the bat.

And when Upton comes back he’ll still be bad at defense so we’ll want a late game replacement.

Overall I’d be surprised if Eaton racks up much more than 100 ABs.

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Eaton has played a lot of RF over the past couple of years. I say he will get the better side of the platoon.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Good point. Upton/Trout/Eaton is a realistic possibility. In that case he’ll get more than 100.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Lagares I’m batting. 219 with a GG

I still prefer Lagares

eyespy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  FungoAle

that veteran grit, over young swag, should get him extra playing time

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
1 year ago

If Upton and Trout are coming back shortly then what’s Eaton’s role? RF? Our OF has been 3 guys we didn’t think would be there. I know Lagares has a Gold Glove. Any place for him now? I would think we’d keep Ward on the team rather than Lagares. I think that’d be a mistake. My pet name for Ward is “Bonehead”.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
1 year ago

Eaton likely slides in as Upton’s defensive replacement.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 year ago

I’d put Lagares ahead of Ward for sure. Either Lagares or Eaton in right makes good sense to me.

red floyd
Legend
1 year ago

I’d go with Lagares in RF, and Eaton as 4th OF.

Fansince1971
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

Works for me.

TapatioMan
Member
1 year ago

I guess I’m one of the few (or the lone one) who thinks Ward’s bat has decent potential?

YaySports
Newbie
1 year ago

I’d guess platoon with Lagares in RF. Whoever doesn’t start replaces Upton in LF to close out the game.
If you squint hard enough at their career splits, the platoon should equal an average MLB player. Sadly better than what I’ve been watching the past couple of weeks.

Cowboy26
Legend
1 year ago
Reply to  YaySports

With above average outfield defense? Count me in.

Jayman28
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Trade Ward to the Mariners for bubblegum and let Dipoto take care of his little toy

FungoAle
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Jayman28

Trade him for one of Jedi’s bullpen flamethrowers.

Angels22
Trusted Member
1 year ago

I saw this coming as soon as he was released. I made a comment about this on a game thread after an ugly play in the outfield.

DowningDude
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1 year ago
Reply to  Angels22

You’re on quite a roll! What are the winning lotto numbers for tomorrow?