The Angels make two minor league signings to start off the winter.
Spring training for the 2021 season begins awhile from now, but it appears the Angels are getting a head start on their camp roster. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Angels have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with both infielder Kean Wong and right handed pitcher Jake Reed.
Wong, 25, got his first taste of big league action in 2020, playing in seven games. Wong was once a top prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, but has since lost his luster. The second baseman is the brother of impending free agent Kolten Wong and played in one game with the Angels this past season. He is also capable of spending time in the outfield. As the Angels look to replace Andrelton Simmons, you cannot help but wonder if the Halos are signing Kean Wong to try and lure his brother in to play second base. Kean Wong is a former fourth round pick so he still has plenty of potential to at least be a big league role player. For now, though, he will likely act as a depth piece and receive an invitation to spring training.
Reed, a 28-year-old right handed reliever and former fifth round pick of the Minnesota Twins, was also inked to a minor league deal. Reed has never pitched at the big league level and was less than impressive in Triple-A in 2019. However, from 2016 to 2018, Reed was pitching exceptionally well in the Twins organization, posting a 2.71 ERA across 156 2/3 innings of work in Double-A and Triple-A. He posted 155 strikeouts in that span. The Angels must see something they like in the right hander and he could get some work out of the bullpen at some point in 2021.
While the signings of Kean Wong and Jake Reed are not the type of signings that win World Series titles, both players seem to be capable MLB assets with upside. Depth is always an important piece to the puzzle, especially for a team like the Angels who consistently deal with injuries to key players.