Carlos Pena, Chad Tracy, and Yorvit Torrealba, all vying for a reserve role with the Los Angeles Angels, were released Sunday after failing to make the 40-man roster.
Pena split time between Houston and Kansas City last season, hitting .207 in 89 games. The former All-Star was hoping to be Albert Pujols’ backup at first base, but batted just .139 with 14 strikeouts this spring.
With Hank Conger and Chris Iannetta platooning at backstop, Torrealba’s chances coming into camp were slim. The catcher batted .278 with only one extra-base hit in spring training. Despite a .303 batting average with seven RBIs in the Cactus League, Tracy couldn’t win a job as a backup infielder.
With Opening Day a week away, the Angels still have a few more cuts to make. With 38 men currently on the Angels roster, J.B. Shuck, Grant Green, Ian Stewart, and Brennan Boesch are among more than a dozen players who have until Sunday to make their case for a bench spot.