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
If I were Perry, I would want a year where I think I’ve got a shot. In order to make the ball club better, I need to use some of my better prospects to return some pieces that we might need now, but also to leave a bit of a window for mulitple years down the road.
My first thing when I look at this roster is, obviously the guys we have now didn’t (and haven’t) gotten it done. So let’s change things up a bit. We have a slight increase in payroll so let’s create something fun.
I’m also going to take what Perry has already done and use it for this piece. Here is how I would use all the current moves and finish up the offseason.
Angels trade: Taylor Ward, Luis Rengifo, and Zach Neto to the Miami Marlins for Jazz Chisholm Jr.
This is contrversial I know, but I’m trading away two players in Ward and Rengifo who will never be at a higher value for an All-Star caliber SS with mutilple years of control who is at the league minimum this year. Jazz holds down the middle infield and you are trading a big time prospect in Neto for him. It’s a lot on both sides. Miami is desperate for OF help, and they can plug Rengifo in Jazz place with Neto can take his time in the minors. I personally think this is win-win, with a slight risk for the Angels. But Jazz can be an MLB all-star and gives us a great bat from the left side.
Angels trade: Edgar Quero to the Tampa Bay Rays for Manuel Margot and Luis Patino
With the trade of Ward above we needed someone in the outfield. Margot is the most expensive player on the Rays roster, plays very good defense, and is under contract for 3 more years. He’s not too expensive this year at $7million and I think he is an upgrade to Ward. Patino is lost in AAA at the moment and he has MLB experience on the bump. I think he’s excellent depth for us and could fill in as our 6th starter if needed. The cost cutting Rays get a fantastic C prospect, and now open the door for their talented prospects to get Margot’s place, but more importantly, they open up future payroll to try and make a run at retaining Glasnow for the future.
Angels trade for Giovanny Urshela
Angels trade for Hunter Renfroe
Angels sign Tyler Anderson 3 years $39 Million
To me the last pieces that are missing is a change to bolster the bullpen. Here is my play:
Angels sign Carlos Estevez 3 years $21 million
This guy throws gas and wants to get away from Coors field. I think he has the highest upside of any of the relievers on the market. I was torn though and really thought hard about getting Chris Martin instead. Chris is a strike throwing machine and he pitches to contact, but I just worry about him getting the outs that we would need in a high leverage situation. Estevez gives us that edge with the velo.
Angels sign Chad Green 1year $3million
Green is coming off a bad year with the Yankees and was hurt towards the end. He’s been a closer/set up guy and knows how to handle leverage well. in 2021 he had a fantastic year, and I think he’s looking for a deal where he has a chance to be in the 7,8,9 role again for his next longer term contract in 2024. The Angels can show him a way to the top of the pen if he can perform as there isn’t really any established “closer” on this team.
So here is the total 40-man payroll. My total payroll is $209,550,094
|Jazz Chisholm Jr.||720,000|
|Total 40-man payroll||$209,550,094|
Let’s get this done! Go Halos!