I can see Perry in his 64′ lowrider, rollin’ down the street with his mind on his money (and pitching) , and his money on his mind. ”
My priorities are the following:
1. Two starters that can keep the ball in the ballpark, stay healthy, and maybe give us 6 innings.
2. An established closer, with a deeper pen to hold leads
3. A vet catcher that can back up Stassi and give us more time to develop
4. A middle infielder
5. More pitching, especially in the pen where we don’t have much certainty
6. Keep our young core outfield ( I want to see Trout, Adell, Marsh!)
This task was actually a lot of fun, and this is my second year trying to crack the code for the Angels getting to the postseason. I think I’ve done a decent job at making the offers all legitimate, and I do have one trade that I’d like opinions on. I believe we are in a much better state this season. I’m optimistic on this team, pending health of course.
Here we go:
Re-Sign Alex Cobb: 2yr/16mil
I’m starting with the least sexiest pick up of the offseason. It was between Cobb and Wood for me, with Matz as a close third, but his QO made me pass on him. Wood would require a 3 year offer, but I don’t see him as being steady and as healthy as Cobb. Sometimes you’re dammed with what you know.
Re-Sign Raisel Iglesias : 4yr/56mil
I took the numbers and contract straight of mlbtraderumors. I know bullpen arms are a bit of a gamble, but I like his stuff and he has proven to be one of the best in the game at closing out games. Maddon loved him, and he fits with getting the Angels the W after securing a lead, even if the score is 10-8. I do want to have better arms behind him so…
Sign Ryan Tepera: 2yrs/12mil
We need a bridge to get to church. Having a big arm to get us thru the 8th is really important, and having a solid guy like Tepera will help. I also think this prevents Maddon from using Raisel in the 8th for multi inning saves, keeping our closer and investment safer through the season.
Sign Yusmeiro Petit and Felix Pena: 1yr/3mil and 1yr/1mil
Continuing to load up the bullpen. Petit gives that warm fuzzy feeling when he comes in the middle of the game that our starter hasn’t done too well. He matches up great in the division, and can give us multi innings if asked. We can never have too much pitching right? Pena is hopfully healthy and has really good stuff. Also able to go multi innings and even spot start if we needed him too. He’s trying to have a good season again to build value as a free agent again.
Sign Robinson Chirinos: 1yr/1mil
We need another veteran catcher and I grab one that knows a bit of the teams in the AL West from his Tex days. He’s a bridge to Thaiss if that project ever comes through.
Trade: Angels receive Chris Bassitt and Elvis Andrus from A’s for Jordyn Adams, Jeremiah Jackson, Taylor Ward, and Luis Rengifo (add 15.225mil to payroll)
Okay, hear me out on this one. The A’s are trying to cut costs, but trying to save as much of their team as they can. By taking a “bad contract” off the A’s, and giving them a replcement in Rengifo for the MLB Min, it free’s up the A’s to keep a lot more of their core. The Angels get a good starter in Bassitt who is controlled for 2 years at a reasonable amount, plus in my option get a slightly better version of Rengifo, but for way more money. The Angels I think are going to have to eat a bad contract in order to get something good via the trade route. This trade is actually in the A’s favor when it comes to the simulator, but I felt like the Angels would need to overpay a bit to trade within the division.
I also did another trade with the Red’s involving Moose and Castillo for Detmeirs and J Jackson. Moose is just so expensive, but he’s a huge importvent to the offense (when healthy). This trade though prevents more upgrades to the bullpen, and loses another starter on our already thin depth chart, so I decided to stick with the “overpay” with the A’s
Open battle for the last bench spot
Our new shiny toy from the MF Yankees looks promising, or we finally get to see a Matt Thaiss get over the hump and we carry a 1B/3rd Catcher on the bench.
Release Gosselin and Guerra (saving 2.8 mil)
It’s just business boys. Nothing personal.
Start salivating at the idea of Trout, Marsh, and Adell mashing
I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time. Please let me see this trio in action!!
Offseason in review:
Well we did it. We have a 6-man rotation and have a bullpen that has a solid 7th, 8th, and 9th inning pitcher to hold leads. We still have the best player on the planet. We still have a good offense. We hope we get a healthy and productive Trout/Rendon back with little regression from Ohtani. I don’t love our starting rotaion, but I beefed up that bullpen to help keep us in games late. I hate having the most expensive 4th outfielder in the league, but maybe we can teach him to play 1B and help with depth. We are starting something good here though, and I see a true path to the postseason with the Cheaters window closing soon, and the A’s selling off pieces. Pray to the Monkey!! Hold the Buttercup’s please!
Thanks so much for posting this! Sad it happened on a day that we got THOR! and pushed this way down the list on the site. Really need to think about a re do now that the majority of our money went to starting pitching.
My numbers on the FA were straight off mlbtraderumors so we may be a bit off, but I felt comfortable with my contract numbers. Andrus is a dumb to the A’s and the more I look at it, I don’t think we needed to throw in Ward. Upton is the elephant in the room and I’m now working on a way to get rid of him to free up options to plus the rest of the holes
We noticed that the fanposts get quickly buried when they are coming fast like they will the rest of this month. We are looking at doing an omnibus link article of all the IIWPM posts later so people can return to compare and contrast the approaches everyone took.
Some things I like here – it’s a nice effort. I think your cost estimate on Tepera is likely low as he was nearly a 2 WAR player in 2021. I think he’s gonna cost upwards of $8-$10 million. Something like 2 and $17 mil. I think you’re a little low on Petit too. WHIP was 1.038 with 1 WAR. That’s gonna cost at least $5 mil in today’s market. Maybe 2 years and $9 mil.
I agree it’s a big overpay to the A’s. Taking on Andrus salary is a non-starter for me because that eats into the pitching budget.
One thing I can’t figure out is what happens to Upton in this scenario. He’s owed $28 million in 2022. Does he just ride the pine for that?
I will address the Upton conundrum in my attempted version of playing Perry. As a hint, I package Upton with a highly desirable player who will hurt to trade but it’s for the greater good. The Angels eat 1/2 of Upton’s salary saving $14 million and allowing the signing of more pitching. Stay tuned.
Fangraphs projects Upton to sit on the bench, basically as fourth outfielder. They project Trout moving over to left. I’m not sure how well that goes over in the real world.
I am not sure about the need to overpay the A’s there. They are, admittedly, trying to cut spending (hence it should be cheaper, not more expensive), and you are taking the big contract of Andrus (usually can be done with less prospect payout). Seems like too high a price for 2 years of Bassitt and a stop-gap underperforming SS.
I like the bullpen focus with Tepera and Petit, and getting a back-up catcher is important (especially if you give up on Ward).
I think Cobb may be a guy where, if he really wants to stay here, we may actually catch a break. May get a 10-11M pitcher for 7-8M. Won’t make us WS contenders (really only God can do that this year) but he can shore up the back end really well.