Angels Non-Tender Beckham, LeBlanc, and Herrera


The Major League Baseball non-tender deadline is quickly approaching, and according to Alden Gonzalez of, the Angels have already decided the fates of Gordon Beckham, Wade LeBlanc, and Yoslan Herrera. The Angels are cash strapped right now, and non-tendering Beckham and LeBlanc was expected. The Halos have now created some much-needed breathing room between themselves and the luxury tax threshold.

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The Angels acquired Gordon Beckham this past August from the Chicago White Sox. Beckham was utilized as a utility infielder down the stretch for the Halos. In 127 games, split between the White Sox and Angels, Beckham hit .226 with 9 home runs and 44 RBI’s. Here at Halo Hangout, we suspected the Halos would non-tender the veteran infielder. Beckham was scheduled to make roughly $5 million dollars if he had made it to an arbitration hearing, which is an awful lot of dough for a backup infielder. Gonzalez reports that the Angels would like to bring Beckham back, and suggests that a two-year deal may work best for both sides. Of course, Beckham is now a free agent, and eligible to sign with another team. It should be interesting to see what kind of market develops for the 28-year-old infielder in the coming weeks.

Wade Leblanc signed with the Angels as a free agent back on June 17th. LeBlanc appeared in 10 games for the Halos, making three starts. LeBlanc went 1-1 and registered a 3.45 ERA as a member of the Angels. LeBlanc posted a 0.4 WAR during his brief stint in the big A. The 30-year-old southpaw has pitched for five teams over his seven-year career. Leblanc’s career numbers are not overly impressive, going 21-33, with a 4.47 ERA. Alden Gonzalez suggests that the Angels have interest in bringing LeBlanc back, likely on a one-year deal with an invite to spring training.

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Although, Yoslan Herrera, was not arbitration eligible, the Angels still opted to non-tender the 33-year-old reliever. Herrera appeared in 20 games in his lone campaign in Anaheim, going 1-1, and posting an ERA of 2.70. Overall, Herrera did a nice job for the Halos in 2014, recording a 0.3 WAR. Gonzalez adds that the Angels have interest in bringing Herrera back in 2015, but based on his numbers last season, the Angels may have competition for his services.

There is still no word yet on whom the Angels did tender a contract, but it is safe to assume third baseman, David Freese, will be back with the Halos in 2015. Halo Hangout will bring you the final names of which Angels were tendered once it is announced.