As Gitch sent out a call to all of us to sit at our desk and contemplate what a tear down would look like, I started racking my brain thinking how hard could that be? I mean we are trading away a once in a lifetime player, we should get rich with players right? Boy was I wrong….
My thought process here isn’t to use Ohtani to get players back. Instead, I used him to unload Rendon, and see what we can get back in return, while also reducing our payroll.
Now I also took under conisderation to try and keep Trout. I didn’t do this to make his life miserable, rather to have something for the fans to see each day and have some market value for our tv deal for the new owners.
When all of this is done, you’ll see the team look very different, but I feel still better than Oakland, but not by much.
For arb salaries I used MLBTRADERUMORS.com and for trades I put each of them into baseballtradevalues.com
Here is the breakdown of what the new 2023 Angels (under $100M payroll) looks like:
First let’s start with the trades:
The first is my hardest to quantify, but it works in the simulation, and does help both teams:
Angels Get: Patrick Corbin (24M+35M) and Josiah Grey (Pre-Arb) $720K
Nationals Get: Rendon (38M*4years) + Ohtani (30M)
The Angels save 44 million this year, 3 million next year on just the Rendon contract, and rid themselves of one of the worst contracts in baseball.
The Nationals get the new ower and the best player in the game. They can decide to keep Ohtani, and they have the payroll to do so.
Angels Get: Paul Dejong
Cardinals Get: Luis Rengifo, Max Stassi
The Angels land a capable SS now who is 29 and earning 8.5M. The Card’s just lost Yadi and get a capable vet catcher, plus a great asset in Rengifo for an arb salary of 2.4M. The Angels save here, and end up resigning Wallach for the backup duty at $800K and giving the everyday job to O’Hoppe.
Angels get: Kenta Maeda (tommy john@$3M) and Aaron Sabato. (Minor leaguer 1B and Twins # 26 prospect
Twins get: Aaron Loup and Ryan Tepera plus $3.5M in cash.
The Twins roll the dice on Loup and Tepera finding themselves again at a reasonable price of $5.5M each. The Angels would get nothing from Maeda early in the season, with a chance he could pitch again late summer. Possible non-tender by the Halo’s if he doesn’t recover at all
Angels get: Luis Patino Pre Arb-720k, coming off multiple injuries last year
Rays get: Jared Walsh plus $750K
Rays are looking to move on from Ji-Man Choi and we continue the trAdition of sending a 1B to the Rays, and then they improve. The cost saving Rays can take a chance on Walsh for under $2M and hope for a rebound. Patino for the Angels is a bit of a wildcard here. He is a good pitcher when healthy and this could be a great guy to keep the 6 man rotation that seems to be working.
Free agent signing: Yes, we get one and one only. Re-sign Matt Duffy for 1-year 1.2M
Here is what the Angels team/lineup/ and pitching staff looks like plus their salary for 2023:
Mike Trout DH 37.116666
Paul Dejong SS 8.5
David Fletcher 2B/3B 6
Matt Duffy 1B 1.2
Logan O’Hoppe 720K
Jo Adell LF 720K
Mickey Moniak CF 720K
Jordyn Adams RF 720K
Livan Soto 3B/2B 720K
Andrew Velazquez INF 720K
Orlando Martinez OF 720K
Chad Wallach C 800K
Michael Stefanic INF 720K
Patrick Corbin 24M
Patrick Sandoval 2.8M
Kenta Maeda(IL) 3.125M
Reid Detmers 720K
Josiah Grey 720K
Luis Patino 720K
Jose Suarez 720K
Chris Rodriguez 720K
Andrew Wantz 720K
Jose Quijada 720K
Andrew Wantz 720K
Zack Weiss 720K
Rob Zastryzny 720K
With a spot open for Maeda on IL
Total payroll: 99.281M
We made it, but we still suck.
The pitching actually is very deep here, but our pen is lacking for sure. We have very little hitting here, and that is where the new owner would need to be looking at FA for 24′ and 25′ while our young core is still cheap.
This was fun, but sad at the same time. Don’t roast me too hard guys, this is really hard!!!
Photo credit: Rex Fregosi