No. 3 incredibly high-profile free agent that the LA Angels just don’t need: Nelson Cruz
Again, there’s just no space on the LA Angels for Nelson Cruz. He’s coming off of his seventh All-Star campaign, and is an outstanding player, but we already have outfield plans for next year.
We’ll have Mike Trout back, and are likely going to be keeping both Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell up in the Big Leagues. We’re paying Justin Upton a lot of money for next year too. That’s a lot of money to commit to the outfield if we also sign Cruz.
And again, he’s not an option as a DH either due to us having Shohei Ohtani at our disposal. And besides, Cruz finished the season poorly. He went from hitting .294/.370/.537 (.907 OPS) in Minnesota to .226/.283/.442 (.725 OPS) in Tampa after he was traded this season.
He’s a guy who’s hit against AL pitching for 16 straight years now, and that’s valuable. We look too good in the positions he plays, however, to go after him.