The Los Angeles Angels made a stunning move by placing numerous players on waivers, a decision that has left the baseball industry in shock. Among the players put on waivers are Lucas Giolito, Matt Moore, Reynaldo Lopez, Dominic Leone, Hunter Renfroe, and Randal Grichuk. This move comes as a surprise considering the team’s recent poor performance and the injuries to key players like Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout. The Angels’ hopes for a postseason spot have greatly diminished in the past few weeks.
The waiver process allows teams to claim these players until Thursday, at which point they will be awarded to the team with the worst record. If all six Angels players are successfully claimed, the team could potentially save around $7 million in salary for the rest of the season. Given their current situation, it seems that the Angels are willing to part ways with these players in order to shake things up and potentially recoup some draft pick compensation for Ohtani if he decides to leave as a free agent.
Several teams, such as the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds, are expected to pursue claims on these talented players. The Angels, on the other hand, will not be participating in the postseason and will have to watch from the sidelines in September. Placing these players on waivers is seen as a last-ditch effort by the Angels to salvage their season and potentially reshape their future.
It remains to be seen which teams will successfully claim these players and how this decision will impact the Angels moving forward. Will this move prove to benefit the team in the long run, or will it further hinder their chances of competing in the future? Only time will tell. For now, fans and experts alike anxiously await the outcome of the waiver process, hoping for a positive turn of events for the Los Angeles Angels.
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