Which Angels are doomed to not return in 2021?

Julio Teheran, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Angels, Jacob Barnes
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Angels that won’t return in 2021: Jacob Barnes, RP

While Jacob Barnes is one of seven relievers for the Angels to put up a positive fWAR mark in 2020 (0.2), a lot of that is propped up by the fact that he’s averaged better than a strikeout per inning (10.80 K/9). However, what he hasn’t done is keep runs off the board.

Like Milner, the Angels signed Barnes to a minor league deal, hoping that he could be a buy-low, journeyman reliever for the team. Unfortunately, you sometimes get what you pay for, as was the case with Barnes.

Over 16 appearances (15 innings), Barnes was somewhat of a mixed bag. While his ERA is astronomical at 6.60, his FIP of 2.85 would indicate that he was mostly a victim of bad luck. That could be validated hit huge BABIP of .381. However, his hard-hit rate of 46.5% and his exit velocity against of 90.4 MPH would indicate that he was also hit hard.

At the end of the day, a reliever’s job is to get outs and get the team out of jams. Barnes didn’t do much of either and put up a strand-rate of just 46.3%, down nearly 20% from his career marks.

With Barnes set to hit his second arbitration year, the Angels are likely best served to non-tender the right-hander and look for other options in free agency. Buy-low candidates are a dime a dozen each winter, and if they don’t stand out as a rebound, then they often find themselves back on the market the next season. That’s right where you’ll find Barnes this winter.

Next. What options do the Angels have at second base?

Needless to say, the Angels will be spending a lot of time rebuilding their bullpen again after the 2020 season.