The LA Angels are going to have a busy offseason, and unfortunately will likely not be able to bring everyone back.
The Angels currently have ten free agents who will be on the market. They’ve got quite a bit of money with multi-billionaire at the helm in Arte Moreno, but will likely look in some other directions over some of the players we currently have on this team.
There are three players in particular that are unlikely to be back next season for their own separate reasons.
No. 3 player who won’t be back with the LA Angels next season: Kurt Suzuki
Kurt Suzuki likely isn’t all too needed for the LA Angels next year.
He served as a backup catcher, as well as Shohei Ohtani’s personal catcher. However, Max Stassi is one of the best catchers in the AL when healthy, and catches Ohtani just fine.
Suzuki also wasn’t all that productive for the Angels, hitting .224/.294/.342 (.636 OPS) with just six home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games.
He wasn’t as good as hoped in the field, finishing first in errors on the team with 10 (other than Jose Iglesias who is no longer on this team).
He also finished last in defensive runs saved on this team (again, excluding Iglesias) with -12.
He just didn’t perform this year, and he’s 38 years old.
Suzuki used to be one of the better catchers in this league, but had a bad year with the Angels. Don’t expect him back.