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
I have a problem and I admit it. I cannot ignore the moves that Perry has already made. They are real and as much as I may want to be super creative and play the game as though they have not been made, the fact that these moves exist in reality makes me want to explore what to do next within the context of the original game.
For those of you living under a rock, Perry has made the following moves:
- Acquired FA pitcher Tyler Anderson for 3/39 (impact on 2023 budget is plus $13 million)
- Acquired infielder Gio Urshela via trade with the Minnesota Twins (impact on 2023 budget is approximately plus $9 million)
- Acquired Hunter Renfroe via trade with Milwaukee (impact on 2023 budget is approximately $11 million)
These moves eat up approximately $35 million of the $38.4 million we had to spend. So, what is there to do now with the remaining $3.4 million….the answer is quite a bit. That is what the rest of this article deals addresses.
My goal is to shore up 1B, sign a closer and to trade Ward who I think had a career year last season and whose trade value will never be higher.
My first move gets rid of Stassi’s salary and the expected arbitration increases due to Walsh and Ward.
Angels trade to Baltimore Orioles:
Quero (7.8 trade value), Stassi (-7.8 trade value), Walsh (0.1 trade value) and Ward (36.2 trade value)
Austin Hays (OF with 16.3 trade value) and Ryan Mountcastle (1B with 16.3 trade value)
Austin Hays, age 26, produced 2.3 WAR in 2022 and has 6.4 WAR in his approximately 3 full seasons as a pro. He has decent power and has 131 RBI over his last two seasons. His OPS+ over the last two seasons is around 105. He is a very solid defender and will replace Ward easily with arguably more upside. He will earn approximately $3.5 million in 2023 per Sportrac.
Ryan Mountcastle, age 25, produced 1.3 WAR in what was his 2nd full season in MLB. He has power and has hit 51 HR in his last two seasons producing 174 RBIs over that time. He is an average defender but I expect that to improve as he continues to play on a daily basis. He is not eligible for arbitration until 2024 and will earn the major league minimum in 2023.
Overall financial impact of this trade is to save Stassi’s $7 million in 2023 along with Walsh ($2.7 million) and Ward ($2.90 million). That is $12.6 million in savings. Hays and Montcastle will earnings approximately $4.2 million. Therefore the overall impact of this trade is I have $8.4 million more to spend.
Now with $3.4 million and the $8.4 million from the above trade, I have $11.8 million to spend. What to do….I will tell you.
FA Signing – Mike Clevinger – 1 year $10 million
Yes, Clevinger had a down year last year. But this is a guy who has a track record of being a complete stud and adding him to the starting rotation with Ohtani, Sandoval, Anderson and Detmers is SOLID. Even in his down 2022, he still produced 0.6 WAR and a 4.33 ERA. I am not worried. He is going to bounce back BIG in 2023.
I now have 1.8 million left to spend.
With Clevinger in the rotation, Suarez and his 12.8 trade value becomes tradeable which leads to the following move.
Angels Trade to Blue Jays
Angels Trade Bush (5.1 trade value), Placencia (2.9 trade value), Sanchez (2.4 trade value) and Suarez (12.8 trade value)
Closer Jordan Romano (trade value 26.4) who produced 2.9 WAR in 2022 as a closer with a 2.11 ERA. In his last two seasons he has generated 5.7 WAR as a closer with a 2.58 ERA. He is expected to earn $4.0 million in 2023.
Angels save approximately $1.3 million which with the $1.8 million left to spend basically covers Romano’s expected arbitration price.
With this trade, the Angels have obtained a young affordable closer to go with their young bullpen arms.
- David Fletcher/Luis Rengifo (2B)
- Mike Trout (CF)
- Shohei Ohtani (DH)
- Anthony Rendon (3B)
- Gio Urshela (SS)
- Ryan Mountcastle (1B)
- Hunter Renfro (OF)
- Austin Hays (OF)
- O’Hoppe (C)
- Some Trash Pandas
- Jordan Romano – Closer
I believe this is a team that could compete for a wildcard. The pitching is rock solid and the floor has been lifted with two young solid players in Hays and Mountcastle. If they stay healthy, that roster could produce and produce – and because they are generally young, that could happen. Jordan Romano is the closer of the present and future. Also, this got rid of Ward at what I believe is the peak of his value and also dealt with Stassi’s contract. The team is young and hungry and will be fun to watch!
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