Julio Teheran and Jason Castro
Status: Expiring One-Year Deals
These two players haven’t even played a regular season game for the Halos, but they are included on the list because it might stay that way.
The Angels signed Teheran to a one-year, $9 million contract. After spending his entire career in Atlanta, the 29-year-old was acquired to add stability to the Angels staff. He has pitched at least 170 innings for seven consecutive seasons.
Jason Castro was signed to a one-year, $6.9 million deal to become the team’s new starting catcher. The backstop position has been an area of weakness for the Angels in recent seasons. Castro is known to be an excellent pitch framer, which would be a huge help to a young and mostly unproven pitching staff.
Market conditions change, even if no baseball is played, and the most obvious impact to 2021 the free agent class will be the economics of the game. Lost revenue from 2020 could severely impact the amount of free agent dollars available next winter.
It’s possible that Teheran and Castro could return to the Angels on a discounted deal, but all bets are off if a season is cancelled.