Tommy La Stella
Status: Free Agent in 2021
Tommy La Stella has accumulated 5 years and 57 days of service time heading into the 2020 season. He needs just 115 days of service to reach his sixth year, which would grant him eligibility to become a free agent.
If a season is played in 2020, service time will be calculated on a pro-rated basis, so La Stella would be able to reach the sixth year plateau even if there aren’t 115 says in the new schedule.
The 31-year-old second baseman had his season cut short in 2019 due to a broken right tibia. He was in the middle of a career-best campaign, batting .295/.346/.486 over 80 games, along with 16 home runs and 44 RBIs.
The left-handed hitter is set to play in a platoon role in 2020. Super-utility player, David Fletcher, who will lose at-bats at third base to recently signed Anthony Rendon, will likely see more games filling in for La Stella at second base.
If no season is played, La Stella will enter free agency, and the Angels could decide to stick with Fletcher at second base with prospect Jo Adell eventually coming up to play in right field, the other position where Fletcher would fit.