The holiday season is in full swing. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, and a blessed festivus for the rest of us!
Angels GM Perry Minasian and his elves have been busy building a team of versatile players. This week he added utility man Brandon Drury on a two year deal.
The signing of Drury continues to add depth to a team known for a lack of it. That’s a good link that deserves a read.
Drury and Urshela have both played 5 positions at the MLB level. The Angels already have David Fletcher and Luis Rengifo who are capable of playing 3 infield spots with Fletcher even seeing some time on the grass. Taylor Ward will move around the outfield and Hunter Renfroe has added some first base ability in the last couple of years.
The number of lineup combinations is staggering. Actual MLB level talent across the board and now on the bench. I’ll take it.
Perry is trying to stack depth in Salt Lake City as well, adding former All Star Jake Lamb on a minors deal. Jhonatan Diaz is back in Salt Lake too.
Our own Matty V thought Drury was a perfect fit here. We shall see.
Speaking of our own Matty V, he might be on the way out as Wayne Randazzo has left the Mets radio booth and is expected to be named the Angels new TV guy.
He’s received an endorsement that carries weight:
Randazzo is about the only person leaving the Mets. Him and James McCann.
The Mets have gone on a spending spree unlike any other. Steven Cohen is the new George Steinbrenner just with dirtier money. The Mets are projected to have a payroll approaching $500,000,000.
Money is just numbers, though. The real story is the shocking turn that led to Carlos Correa moving from the Giants to the Mets overnight.
I have to say for only $5 million over two years, I’d have jumped on the McCann deal. But at this point I think we’ll ride with Stassi/O’hoppe to begin the year and sign some veteran to a minors deal.
At this point, we have to expect the heavy lifting to be complete. Payroll is at a record $206 million with a luxury tax number of $219 million.
Perhaps a sixth starter is brought in. Rich Hill’s name has been floated.
People worried about the bullpen are correct to do so, but look at the Angels top 30 prospects and see the ETA’s for Luke Murphy and Eric Torres. I’ll do a piece on them soon, but if you’d like check out their numbers in AA.
What that list definitely has wrong is the arrival of Ben Joyce. He’s a closer who throws insane gas. He’ll be up as soon as this year. Meanwhile, look at this:
I sincerely hope you all enjoy this holiday season. That you’re safe, surrounded by those you love, and know that we here at CtPG appreciate you.
Please link what I missed below and enjoy some down time.
Late breaking news: the Dodgers are screwed. Any hopes of resetting the luxury tax are gone. Now they get the Sophie’s choice of throwing out a sexual predator or paying him to stay home.