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LA Angels: Who stays and who goes when Trout, Rendon and Upton return

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Masterpress/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Angels center fielder Juan Lagares (19) high fives left fielder Justin Upton (10) after hitting a home run against the Oakland Athletics. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The cavalry is almost here. With Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Justin Upton all set to return to the team in the next couple of weeks, the LA Angels will finally be at full strength for the first time in months.

Whether or not these three will push the Angels over the top in the playoff race remains to be seen.

Regardless of that outcome, the most immediate concern right now is figuring out who among the current players gets to keep their spot on the active roster and who will get the boot once the heavy hitters are back.

The LA Angels roster is in for a major shakeup once Mike Trout and company arrive.

First, a quick overview of the current LA Angels roster.

As of July 19, the active 26-man roster consists of four outfielders, eight infielders, five starters, and nine relievers. The Angels are also running with a limited four-man bench at the moment.

Excluding the players whose roster spots are guaranteed safe, the following nine players are the most likely candidates to be optioned, DFA’d or traded in order to make room: Luis Rengifo, Jack Mayfield, Juan Lagares, Taylor Ward, Raisel Iglesias, Alex Claudio, Junior Guerra, Dylan Bundy, and Jose Quintana.

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