With all the Trevor Bauer hype and news that he signed in Los Angeles with the Dodgers, the other Los Angeles baseball team, the Angels are still making some moves with spring training less than two weeks away. The 2021 Los Angeles Angels continue to be an interesting study in their quest to become a winner.
2021 Los Angeles Angels: Dexter Fowler
In acquiring Fowler from the Cardinals, he reunites with Angels Manager Joe Maddon. The two won a World Series with the Cubs in 2016, which may be why the Angels acquired him. He has playoff experience that many of the 2021 Los Angeles Angels, including Mike Trout, do not have.
He isn’t a spectacular acquisition by any means despite the World Series ring. He has not hit above .238 in any of the last three seasons. Last summer, Fowler posted a .233/.317/.389 line with four home runs and 15 RBI in 31 games. He breaks down this way against right-handed pitching .251/.352/.417 101 HR 391 RBI 105 wRC and versus left-handed pitching .282/.374/.422 26 HR 125 RBI 114 wRC+.
Despite a $14.5 million payroll hit this season, the Cardinals will cover $12.75 million, resulting in the Angels paying $1.75 million for Fowler in 2021. He should also help Jo Adell who needs mentoring both on and off the field. Fowler is also a guy who can be very consistent and add power.
Claim Robel Garcia Off Of Waivers.
Garcia was with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs before that and it was with the Cubs in 2019 that he played in 31 games and hit .208/.275 /.500, with a .775 OPS. He also had two doubles, two triples, five home runs, and seven RBIs.
Angels and Junior Guerra Agree to a one-year minor league contract
Guerra, 36, was a reliever and starter for the Brewers from 2016-2019. Last season as a member of the Diamondbacks, Guerra posted a 3.04 ERA and 1.352 WHIP in 23 2/3 innings out of the bullpen. He holds a career 3.77 ERA and 1.290 WHIP between 172 games combined as a starter and reliever in his six MLB seasons.
Junior Guerra is a low-risk, high-reward type of signing for the Angels who as we know had one of the worst bullpens in baseball in 2020.
Willing to give the Angels a pass on 2020 due to the shortened season? 2019 proved to be no better as they went 72-90 with their closer Hansel Robles being the only reliever with a sub 3.00 ERA and WHIP below 1.1. Robles signed a one year deal with the Minnesota Twins recently after posting a 10.27 ERA in the 18 games he appeared in to go along with one save.
Guerra struck out 20.4 percent of batters faced, which was below the league average of 24.1 percent. That is a concern for any relief pitcher who is one setup or closing duties but given the nature of his contract and the fact that the 2021 Los Angeles Angels need help however they can get it, Guerra could prove to be a steal.
Angels add Juan Lagares To Their Outfield
The outfield isn’t likely a spot where you think the 2021 Los Angeles Angels will need help with Mike Trout and Justin Upton, Jo Adell all on the roster but they have added outfielder Juan Lagares.
Lagares is often criticized for his weak plate skills but he is a Gold Glover and was once a solid part of the New York Mets organization. Lagares holds a career .254/.297/.361 line, with 25 home runs, and 179 RBIs.
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