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LA Angels: 3 free agent mistakes Perry Minasian cannot afford

Oct 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) before game three of the 2021 NLDS against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) before game three of the 2021 NLDS against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 2, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) fields a ground ball during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 2, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) fields a ground ball during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels are about to embark on one of their most important offseasons in recent memory.

With an owner in Arte Moreno worth $3.6 billion, Angels General Manager Perry Minasian has quite a bit of money at his disposal.

Hopefully, he’ll be making a lot of moves to better this team in these next several months. That being said, he better make the right moves. Quality is so much more important than quantity when acquiring new players, and the Halos need to stay away from a few potential mistakes.

No. 3 free agent mistake Perry Minasian and the LA Angels cannot afford: Signing Nolan Arenado

Nolan Arenado is one of the best players in this great game, but the LA Angels can’t bother with him if he turns down his option.

Arenado made $35 million this past year, so if he turns down his option, he’s going to look for even more. The Angels are already paying their current third baseman in Anthony Rendon over $35 million next year ($36 million). Regardless of whether one believes Rendon has been worth the contract we gave him or not, we already made the commitment to him regardless.

We can’t spend this kind of money on two third basemen.

And there’s no shot Arenado’s price goes down after he smoked 34 homers, and drove in 105 RBI this year.

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