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Angels: 5 big free agents who will not sign in LA this offseason

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 16: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros hits a two run single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 16: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros hits a two run single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros hits a two run single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 16: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros hits a two run single against the Tampa Bay Rays during the fifth inning in Game Six of the American League Championship Series at PETCO Park on October 16, 2020 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

George Springer

George Springer has been a model of pure consistency since he entered the league in 2014. While he has missed games with various injuries across his major league career, he is always a safe bet for star production when he is actually on the field.

Springer has averaged 5.4 wins above replacement (WAR) per 162 games since he broke into the league, posting 6.5 WAR in just 122 games two seasons ago. That’s downright excellent. However, the Angels simply don’t need him. Adding Springer to an already star-studded outfield could be good as the Angels could finally find a steady leadoff man, but Springer is a center fielder. If he were to be open to moving positions to man the outfield with the best player in baseball in Mike Trout, this conversation could be very different. Right now, though, Springer does not appear to be on the table for the Angels.

In 2020, Springer played in 51 games, posting a 146 wRC+. That’s an excellent mark especially considering that in 2019, he had a 156 wRC+. He might be amongst the game’s most underrated players.

As long as the Angels employ the mighty Mike Trout, though, George Springer is not a clear-cut fit.

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