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The Los Angeles Angels primarily punted on the rest of the 2023 season this week, inserting Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo López, Dominic Leone, Matt Moore, Hunter Renfroe and Randal Grichuk on waivers.
These strikes saved the crew round $5 million in payroll, although it nonetheless reportedly did not take them beneath the posh tax threshold, in response to Jeff Fletcher of the SoCal Information Group:
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GM Perry Minasian stated he does not suppose exceeding the posh tax in 2023 would have an effect on what he can spend in 2024.
“We’ll get to that time after we begin constructing the ’24 roster, however from the dialog I’ve had, there might be no affect.”
For the reason that commerce deadline on Aug. 1, when the crew added a quantity of gamers in an try to make the postseason—together with Giolito, Leone, López, Grichuk and Eduardo Escobar—just about every little thing has gone fallacious.
The Angels went 8-19 in August. Mike Trout returned for all of one sport earlier than being place proper again on the injured record. Famous person Shoehei Ohtani might have Tommy John surgical procedure on his torn UCL, and whereas he continues to play as a hitter, his season as a pitcher is over and he could not pitch subsequent season both.
Which crew he does or does not pitch for stays up within the air as nicely, given his pending free company. The Angels (64-70) selected in opposition to buying and selling him forward of the commerce deadline, as an alternative being patrons in an effort to get into the postseason, maybe hoping to entice Ohtani to stick with the group for the long run.
As an alternative, it has been one catastrophe after one other for the Halos.