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As we enjoy our day of thanks, there is much to be thankful for in Angels land.
GM Perry Minasian added a big bat to the outfield, picking up the Brewers Hunter Renfroe.
Renfroe is fresh off an offensive season that was 24% better than league average and is projected to be 17% better than league average in 2023. This should be a huge upgrade as last year Angels left fielders combined to post a .208/.259/.339 line, which is more in line with a backup catcher.
The addition of Renfroe gives the Angels a host of Ren’s. Ren- don, -gifo, -froe. Per BB-ref we have all the active Ren’s in MLB so we can set our sights elsewhere.
The Renfroe acquisition is the third in a week as the Angels added Gio Urshela and Tyler Anderson right out of the gate. The Athletic looks at how the unpredictable Angels are being unpredictable again.
These three deals eat up $33.4 million in payroll and push the team to a new high water mark. I’ve been holding out hope that Arte will push a little further than expected to try to go out a winner. It is either that, or we’re about done. We’ll find out.
Our offseason Perry pieces are rolling out. Keep up with them. John Henry dropped his creativity and unpredictability, Charles had a very interesting take, Jessica built a stacked lineup, and I totally nailed trading for a Brewers outfielder.
Ok, so that was the wrong outfielder. But I did name Renfroe as a target in this piece.
Elsewhere around the league, we are waiting for moves.
EastSPiN published a fun roundtable predicting where the best free agents will land.
Aaron Judge met with the SF Giants and an offer could be coming by the end of the week. He already has a new offer in hand from the Yankees which I can assume tops the 7 year $213.5 million offer he turned down last Spring.
It is good to be king.
Shockingly, MLB found no collusion between Mets and Yankees ownership when it came to Aaron Judge. I was really looking forward to seeing how MLBPA tried to claim a man signing a $300 million contract was financially harmed.
Fresh off a World Series appearance, the Phillies extended team president Dave Dombrowski for three years.
In a fun little piece, FanGraphs takes a look at who hits good pitching. Stuff like this is my favorite part about analytics. Things are said in sports so often they become accepted as fact. But now we have the numbers and ability to actually look at them and see if they hold water.
In that vein, here’s a great piece on how MLB banning the shift will impact the game next year. Enjoy your coffee with that one.
SI had a good week for MLB links. In addition to the one above, they have two solid pieces on Rafael Palmeiro. One looked at the end of his career, the other is an interview where he opens up about his PED use.
Keep in mind, Palmeiro’s son is an Angels farmhand.
Some non IIWPM holiday weekend entertainment https://twitter.com/PitchingNinja/status/1595750635994894336
Can’t wait this will be awesome. https://twitter.com/Jared_Tims/status/1596232967516741633
Perry just signed another one of his old friends.
Alex throwing Perry another turkey bone
…he’s no Jesse Chavez, but…
and Hopefully not Charlotte
Hurr Durr Braves durr Perry gurrrrr durr cast off yar yar champioar? NAR!
Yeah, just saw this a few minutes ago on Halos Today.
This could be a stealth move of genius.
Is this the off-season and season that Perry redeems himself ?
We shall see.
Happy Thanksgiving all!
Happy Thanksgiving, CtPG!
It’s always a treat to be home in SoCal this time of year, even got to drive by the stadium on my way to family.
Hope you all have a great day with your loved ones.
Gobble! Gobble! and Ho! Ho! Ho!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. In a few hours I will be preparing the turkey for its deep fry bath, and gathering with friends and family to feast, laugh, and give thanks for what we have. I am happy with PTP’s early strike moves, they seem to have improved the team, which is slightly surprising given the team sale forthcoming. Enjoy your day!
Happy Turkey Day Everyone! Are you a white meat or dark meat lover? Stuffed bird or not stuffed? Whole cranberry or jellied? Lots of decisions today. PTP and Arte, well do we go after a big-name SS or not? Enjoy your life today and bring joy to all including yourselves.
I’m a dark meat man myself.
Agreed. Shakira is Hot AF.
Rec for David Lynch.
Since it’s just me and Miss UCSB this year, instead of making turkey, I made reservations.
white meat. All these dark meat weirdos can chill out we get it it’s fattier and more “flavorful” but that’s what gravy is for.
Palmeiro cheated by using PEDs and it does not matter who steered him to point his finger at Congress, he still did it as he was lying. According to him we should overlook this because of the type of person he is, hmm, a cheater who lies is the type of person that the MLBHOF is really looking. Sorry just doesn’t cut it.
Again, trying to justify bad behavior with bad behavior, his lawyer’s bad behavior made him do it. Cheating and lying seem to go hand in hand.
Cheat, Gamble, Steal or Lie or any combination keeps you on the outside looking in.
Unless you’re David Ortiz. Then PED’s and Apple Watches are all good.
I primarily linked the Palmeiro stuff because his fall was so swift and such a huge story. The never thought he was an HOF player before the positive test.
Maybe Rafi mistakenly thought he was taking Viagra?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I was thinking how the shift rule might create a little Moneyball opportunity for enterprising teams, in that some players are about to get significantly better. Turns out, the article linked lists those players (so much for my amazing insight). And guess what? Our own Shohei is projected #6 in MLB to be helped by the anti-shift rule. As if he needed it!
Yep. We could see an offensive improvement.
Sadly it also lists two Astros.