3) LA Angels pitcher Aaron Loup has no future with the team
When the Angels signed Aaron Loup to a two-year deal worth $17 million in the 2021 offseason, they expected to get one of the better left-handed relievers in the game. Loup had just posted a sub-1.00 ERA with the Mets in 2021 and had been a consistently reliable left-hander for many years.
With the Angels, Loup has been anything but reliable. He had an up-and-down year in 2022, and has been just dreadful this past season. Loup has a 6.10 ERA in 55 appearances and 48.2 innings pitched. He's pitched mostly in low-leverage spots this season, and it feels like every time that the Angels are forced to use him in a big spot, he implodes.
Just this past week the Halos had a chance to win a fun game in Tampa Bay in a game which two of their rookies hit home runs, but Loup gave up four runs in the bottom of the eighth and the Angels lost their sixth in a row.
The Angels have the option to bring Loup back for another year for $7.5 million, but it's very clear that won't be happening. He'll be entering his age-36 season and has done absolutely nothing to earn a spot with this team next season.