Fansided
LA Angels News

Johnny G’s era in Anaheim over as LA Angels DFA him.

rwhitehead
Los Angeles Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella (12) throws to first J.B. Shuck (20) is out on a double play. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella (12) throws to first J.B. Shuck (20) is out on a double play. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit

As the 2016 dismal season reaches it’s last month or so of the season, the LA Angels have started preparing for next season, which includes some house cleaning.

One of the first moves was the release of high energy second baseman Johnny Giavotella. The LA Angels cut him from the team on Saturday whole promoting Kaleb Cowart.

“Johnny for a long time was an incredible spark for us”, manager Mike Scioscia told LA Times, “But just being able to play second base, his opportunities started to diminish.”

The Angels, with the fourth-worst record in the MLB, were expected to make moves and are starting to prepare for next season. Giavotella’s season in 2016 was a rocky one as he posted a .287 on-base percentage and was replaced by Gregorio Petit for the starting position at second base.

At 28 years of age, Giavotella certainly has a lot talent left in him. Was this a smart move by the Angels organization? Most fans would answer negatively sense many considered Johnny G as a “spark” in the Angels lineup and knew now to pump a crowd up. Others would say that it might be the best for Giavotella since he was stuck playing only one position this season.

If he gets picked up by another organization, hopes are that he will be a utility player and move about the diamond. For now, Angels fans can thank Giavotella for a nice two-year stint in Orange County. Petit will most likely be the second base starter for the rest of the season. Kaleb Cowart and Cliff Pennington both will also get time at second for the Angels.

As a fan it is hard to see a favorite go like Johnny Giavotella. However, from if you see it from a baseball standpoint you realize it s the best move for the team. So good luck Johnny G, hope to see you again some day soon.

facebooktwitterreddit