The Angels traded some lower-tier pitchers to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Hunter Renfroe in what looks like a steal for Perry Minasian.
The Angels sent 4-A pitchers Janson Junk, Elvis Peguero and minor league arm Adam Seminaris to Bob Uecker’s crew in exchange for an established major leaguer who will be 31 on Opening Day and in a contract year. Renfroe had his best seasons in 2021 and 2022 with 31 and 29 HRs respectively and an OPS of .816 and .807 back to back.
Junk and Peguero had a combined -0.6 WAR for the Halos in 2022. They were the return on trading Andrew Heaney to the Yankees at the 2021 trade deadline. So Perry Minasian has turned Andrew Heaney and a prospect into one year of a 31-year-old outfielder who homered once per every 16.3 ABs in 2022. That is a freakin’ win. What about the prospect? Well…
Seminaris didn’t have an ERA below 7 in any of the three minor league stretches (A+, AA, AAA) he was in last season and at 24 years old, perhaps the change of scenery will be the only thing that could have helped him at this point.
This trade puts Jo Adell deeper on the depth chart… could something else be cooking in Perry’s kitchen?