Welcome to my version of the “If I Were Perry Minasian” series. In order to rosterbate responsibly, we will use the following guidelines.
- Payroll is to be $210 Million so you have $38.4 Million to spend.
- No trading Ohtani
- No contracts longer than three years
- Use either MLBTR’s estimated free agent salaries or their counterparts at Fangraphs
- You can clear roster space by non-tendering players
- Run all trades through the trade simulator at Baseball Trade Values dot com
(Un)fortunately for all of us, Perry actually did something rather early as fast. Three things actually. I’m going to ignore TWO of those moves but not one of them. This is my piece on what I would do after all, so I don’t have to copy Perry.
My plan: Raise the floor of the bullpen and rotation while getting a couple good bats that can get on base at a decent clip and don’t strike out a lot. I think I was mostly successful but ran out of money to really raise the bullpen floor.
Jean Segura (2/18M + 9M AAV)
Welcome back Jean!! The plan here is for Segura to play 2B and put Fletcher or Rengifo at SS. Not ideal, but we are playing with limited options here and the Angels don’t have the money right now to get a good shortstop. Segura still gets on base (.336-.348 OBP over his last 3 seasons) and he doesn’t strike out a lot. The Angels need both of those things. He’s not an amazing fielder anymore but he can slot in at second base just fine and play shortstop if they are in a bind (certainly not on any regular basis).
Michael Brantley (1/15M + 15M AAV)
Sure he’s getting older but some people can just flat out hit. He is one of those people. Last year he saw his lowest batting average since 2016 but it was still .288 with a .370 OBP. Brantley is also another guy that doesn’t strike out much. He’d play left field, moving Moniak/Adell to a 4th outfielder spot or into a battle with Ward for the 3rd starter role. Either Moniak or Adell could also spend some time down in AAA to make room for more bench depth.
Tyler Anderson (3/39M + 13M AAV)
We already know the deal here. This could be a steal and Anderson may be the #2 or #3 starter on the Angels – especially if he can repeat his 2022 performance.
If you are doing the math, that totals out to $37 million, leaving $1.4 million to spend. But wait – there’s more!
Trade Denzer Guzman & Edgar Quero for Cal Quantrill (+6M AAV)
Yes the Angels are giving up a few top prospects but none of them are needed all that bad and Quantrill could give much needed rotation depth and serve as a #3 or #4 arm, pushing Suarez or Detmers down to #6. Quantrill is under control though the 2025 season so the prospects you are giving up gets your 3 years of Quantrill.
We are now 4.6 million over budget so we have one trade left.
Trade/Send Max Stassi with Kyren Paris, Adrian Placencia, and $2 million cash to the Orioles
Stassi was due to make $7 million in 2023, so that $5 million in savings after sending some cash frees up the payroll we need. Stassi can be a nice veteran backup to Adley Rutschman and the Orioles get a couple of young middle infield prospects along with him for taking on the bulk of Stassi’s salary. We are gonna role with O’Hoppe and Thaiss for catchers in 2023.
Other details: DFA Tucker Davidson. He’s out of options and we don’t need him in the bullpen. I had planned to pick up Adam Ottovino as well but there wasn’t enough payroll space so we’ll have to roll with the bullpen as is. Unknown if the rotation will be 5 or 6 man this year, but Detmers has options if 5 man is the route we go. Didn’t really fix the shortstop problem and catching may be an issue, but it’s the closest I could get to being a real competitor in 2023 and a bit part of that is stronger starters and a couple solid on base hitters.
- Michael Brantley (LF)
- Mike Trout (CF)
- Shohei Ohtani (DH)
- Taylor Ward (RF)
- Anthony Rendon (3B)
- Luis Rengifo/David Fletcher (SS)
- Jared Walsh (1B)
- Logan O’Hoppe (C)
- Jean Segura (2B)
- David Fletcher/Luis Rengifo
- Matt Thaiss
- Jo Adell
- Mickey Moniak
- Shohei Ohtani
- Tyler Anderson
- Patrick Sandoval
- Cal Quantrill
- Jose Suarez
- Reid Detmers (has options)
- Jimmy Hegret
- Ryan Tepera
- Aaron Loup
- Andrew Wantz
- Jose Quijada
- Jaime Barria
- Zach Weiss
- Oliver Ortega