As of today, the Angels are limited when it comes to spending on free agents like Trevor Bauer. There’s around ~$24 million left before the team hits the luxury tax penalty, which the Halos have done once (2004) since Arte Moreno took over as the team owner.
Looking ahead to the future is also something Moreno may consider given the upcoming MLB free agents.
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Notable Upcoming Free Agents
- SS Fransisco Lindor (2022)
- SS Javier Baez (2022)
- SS Carlos Correa (2022)
- SS Corey Seager (2022)
- SS Trevor Story (2022)
- RHP Noah Syndergaard (2022)
- LHP Clayton Kershaw (2022)
- C Willson Contreras (2023)
- RHP Jacob deGrom opt-out (2023)
- LHP Chris Sale opt-out (2023)
- LHP Aroldis Chapman (2023)
As you can see, the list is loaded with big name talent, specifically at the shortstop position for next season. That’s a spot the Angels will most certainly be looking to improve, which is why they brought in a plug-in type of player like Iglesias for 2021.
The Angels could be saving room on their payroll for free agents in the next few seasons.
Fans don’t want to hear this, but the reality is that Moreno and the Angels probably will not break the bank for the 2021 season because they are looking ahead to the free-agent classes listed above. You could make the argument they pay the tax for one season with all the money set to come off the books next year, but the fact that it’s only happened once in Moreno’s 17 seasons with the team leads me to believe he will not approve.