LA Angels: Halos claim infielder Jack Mayfield, waive Robel Garcia

Jack Mayfield (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Jack Mayfield (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

The Angels made a roster move on Thursday, claiming infielder Jack Mayfield from Atlanta in exchange for cash. Los Angeles cut infielder Robel Garcia to make room on the 40-man roster.

The Braves previously waived Mayfield on Wednesday after claiming outfielder Guillermo Heredia.
Mayfield, 30, spent the previous two seasons as a member of the Astros. In that span, Mayfield appeared in 47 games and slashed .170/.198/.283 with two home runs and eight RBI in 112 plate-appearances.

The Angels made a change to their infield depth, claiming Jack Mayfield off waivers and designating Robel Garcia for assignment.

If he makes the Opening Day Roster, Mayfield will be used as a utility option around the infield as needed. Mayfield still has minor league options remaining should the Angels choose to keep him around.

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While his big league numbers have been sub-par, Mayfield posted a .268/.325/.475 line with 50 home runs and 186 RBI in four seasons at the triple-A level. This gives reason to believe the Halos would stash Mayfield in their system.

The Angels was selected Garcia off waivers on February 3, but it appears general manager Perry Minasian decided to go in a different direction before spring training games begin.

Garcia flashed power with the Cubs in 2019 with five home runs and a .500 slugging percentage in 80 plate-appearances. Garcia’s 35 strikeouts are likely what caused the Minasian and the Angels to go with the change. The Angels will have one week to trade Garcia or pass him through the waiver wire.

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Mayfield can be expected to compete with the likes of Luis Regnifo, Matt Thaiss, and Franklin Barreto for a spot as a reserve infielder. Each of the three currently occupies a spot on the 40-man roster.