The Angels were clearing some salary cap space to pursue some big name pitchers to help a beleaguered staff. In the FanSided (MOCK) Winter Meetings our Halo Hangout staff conspired to sign three pitchers to help bolster the staff. On the final day of the simulation a talented, but fiery outfielder was available that could actually happen in real-life as well and he might be a good one year stop gap until Jo Adell is totally ready to assume the position.
Who might you ask did the Halo Hangout GM sign? None other than Yasiel Puig. Before some of you start going crazy the deal was incentive-laden with a base salary of five million dollars, but the ability to for Puig to make up to eight million dollars for the 2020 season if he is able to produce and keep his nose clean. Puig is a very talented right fielder with a huge upside, but with almost as huge of a negative side as well. We are banking on Joe Maddon reeling Puig in and getting him to buy-in to his plan.
Puig’ numbers are much better than Calhoun or Goodwin’s were in 2019. Puig hit .267 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs with 19 stolen bases. His career average is .277 hitting 25 homers and driving in 80 runs per season. He also is a very strong defender with a cannon for an arm. He would be a good fit if the real Angel GM decided to pursue Puig. If it doesn’t work out it only cost you a few million dollars. Think about this before you overreact.
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The last move the Angels (MOCK) GMs made was to trade Brandon Marsh and Andrew Heaney to Seattle in exchange for one of the top catchers in the AL with three more years of control, Omar Narvaez. In addition the Angels would get hard-throwing lefty reliever Taylor Guilbeau to be a lefty out of the bullpen the Angels have not really had since Jose Alvarez was traded last off-season.
Narvaez hit .278 with 22 homers and 55 RBIs and a .353 OBP in his first season as a full-time catcher. He had a .992 fielding average and threw out 21% of the baserunners that stole against him which is a little low, but it was also due to the slow delivery of some of the Mariners pitchers. He is doing into his prime now at 27 years of age.
In Taylor Guilbeau’s case he has a 94 to 96 mile per hour fastball and in 12.1 innings in his MLB debut season he posted a 3.65 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP. He struck out seven and only walked three batters. In parting with Marsh it was tough, but the Angels have a glut of outfielders coming up and Heaney has just been too inconsistent and since the Angels (MOCK) GM acquired three pitchers, he was expendable.
All in all it was a great simulation. Now if Billy Eppler can be close to this successful then the Angels will be tough to beat.