In September of 2018, charges against Osuna were dropped in exchange for a plea deal in which Osuna would agree to stay away from the mother of his child and continue counseling.
The rumor of Angels interest is even more perplexing when considering that Osuna is a massive injury risk in 2021. He missed the end of the 2020 season after having elbow soreness in his throwing arm. It was originally indicated that he would need Tommy John surgery, but a second opinion said it was just a forearm strain. With all the off-field issues aside and the Angels’ history of bad luck with injuries, it would make sense for them to steer clear of the reliever.
There are more affordable options with less baggage for the Angels to choose over Roberto Osuna.
Not only that, but considering there are still ample options left in free agency, there is no need to risk the backlash by signing the problematic pitcher.
A few names that stand out as potential alternates include Trevor Rosenthal, Yusmeiro Petit, Shane Greene, and Keone Kela. The Halos don’t need to sacrifice their morals to improve their bullpen. I think it would do more harm than good.
With women making great strides in the game of baseball, for instance, when Kim Ng of the Marlins was hired as the first female GM, and when Alyssa Nakken of the Giants became the first woman to coach on-field, it is important for the Angels to show that their organization is safe for women and that they would take their concerns seriously. Not just from a justice stand-point but from a business and baseball one too. I would hate to see the Angels miss out on some of the exceptional up-and-coming female talents because they are seen as an unreliable organization.
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If the Angels fire Callaway but sign Osuna, describing the Angels as hypocritical would be an understatement. They have to take a stand and clarify that that stance is firm so that prospective players, coaches, reporters, trainers, and front office personnel know that this organization is a safe space to conduct business professionally.
If the Osuna rumors are true, this organization’s morality is murky, to say the least.