Heading into spring training, the Angels retooled their roster with players who share the same similarity. The new additions join current Halos whose deals will expire after the 2020 season, totaling ten players who will hit the free-agent market in the offseason. This does not include arbitration eligible players or anyone on a minor-league contract who could make the Opening Day roster.
Only Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Justin Upton, and Shohei Ohtani are under contract for next season. This leaves significant flexibility in the team’s payroll to sign the high-level free agents the Angels missed this past offseason.
Is it possible owner Arte Moreno and general manager Perry Minasian get a head start on a retool for the 2022 season? Absolutely, which is the reason why they structured their roster with one-year rentals. If the Halos fall out of contention by the trade deadline, current players will be shipped for young assets.
The Angels have one of the worst farm systems in the league, and a quick way to improve this is through trades. It’s a worst-case scenario, but the best way to get their hands on young talent without having to solely rely on the MLB Draft.
Through three weeks of spring training games, there are a few Halos who look to be in midseason form. The hope is this success transitions into the regular season and helps the Angels win meaningful games. If the Angels aren’t in a position to compete for a World Series in 2021, the following players will be on the move.