3 early extensions the LA Angels should pursue as soon as possible
By Evan Desai
The LA Angels are still nearly two months out from the end of the season, but it’s not too early for Perry Minasian to start working on contract extensions.
We have some key guys who are free agents this offseason, as well as some who are just simply worthy of a contract extension.
There are three players in particular who have earned themselves extensions. Here’s no issue in getting those extensions done now, and I’d like to see these players extended as early as possible.
No. 3 early extension the LA Angels should pursue: Phil Gosselin
The LA Angels should look into extending Phil Gosselin because of his utility. He can play every position except for center field, catcher and shortstop.
With the Angels being a team who has had a lot of injury issues this year, Gosselin could be a huge keep for the Halos.
Also, while Gosselin hasn’t been tremendous with the bat this year, he’s had some really good stretches.
All in all this year, he’s batted .265 with 28 RBI in 66 games. Again, that’s nothing special, but it’s serviceable if an Anthony Rendon or a Jared Walsh gets hurt and we need someone to fill-in.
Due to high number of positions Gosselin can play, he can also fill in for an injured Justin Upton, or any corner outfielder. Again, Gosselin doesn’t have a proven track record of being an effective every day starter, but I’d love him back for good depth.
He’ll be a free agent next offseason, and I think we could extend him now for cheap. I expect him to be productive again next year, so we should lock him up before someone else sets their eyes on him in his 2023 free agency.