What The Angels Lost This Offseason

By Mike Greyshock
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Sep 2, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Gordon Beckham (18) gets a single during the third inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Considering our list of additions was made up of a dozen notable players, this list with it’s three shows that the Angels have set themselves up well for the future without taking too much away from an already good team.

Honorable Mentions:

Gordan Beckham  (28)

2014 (with Angels) – .268/.328/.429  0.0 WAR

Fangraphs Steamer 2015 Projections –.241/.294/.360   0.4 WAR

Beckham was brought over late last season and therefore can’t be missed too much. He did however show a rejuvenation while he was here and was yet another player who stepped up for the team when they needed him. He was well liked by the front office and his teammates, but business mandated that he be let go as his projected salary would be higher than his on field worth.

John McDonald  (40)

2014 – .171/.256/.197   -0.1 WAR

Johnny Mac was a defensive specialist who was often brought on late in games to replace David Freese. His enthusiasm and experience will be missed more than anything else.

Ricardo Sanchez  (17)

He won’t be missed on the big league club as he never came close to making the team. He was after all only 17-years-old. What they’ll miss is what they could have had; a young lefty pitcher with ace caliber potential. He’s a long way from the big leagues but his big stuff will be interesting to watch progress. Too bad it won’t be with the Halos.

All the Minor Moves:

RHP Yoslan Herrera elected free agency

LHP Wade LeBlanc elected free agency

RHP Jairo Díaz traded to Rockies

CF Matt Long  traded to Los Angeles Dodgers

LF Shawn O’Malley released

RHP Brian Broderick traded to Royals

RHP Yency Almonte traded to Chicago White Sox

Next: What The Angel Gained This Offseason