3rd move the LA Angels desperately need to make: Sign a shortstop, without committing to one of the ‘Big 5’
The LA Angels have given Luis Rengifo a look at consistent playing time since 2018, and it is time they cut the chord.
Rengifo has gotten regular looks from the Angels staff since 2018 – and he has done nothing to prove his stay at the big league level. In 195 major league games, Rengifo has hit .216 with a .293 OBP, putting up a total fWAR of 0.1. Partially thanks to Rengifo’s struggles, the Angels have lacked production from the shortstop position for years, and with so many big names on the free agent market, it is going to be tempting for the front office to submit competitive offers on some of them.
However, it is vitally important for the Angels to allocate the majority of their resources to their pitching needs, and stay away from the nine-digit contracts these free agent shortstops are bound to demand. The ‘Big 5’ of the offseason shortstops are Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Trevor Story, Javier Baez, and Marcus Semien. Some options outside of these five, via free agency or trade, are Chris Taylor, Jonathan Villar, and potentially Ahmed Rosario.