(MLB) LA Angels announced players who have been waivers have found a new team.
According to local media such as ESPN and MLBcom on the 1st (Korean time), five Angels players, including Lucas Giolito, Reinaldo Lopez, Matt Moore, Hunter Renfro, and Dominic Leon, will wear new uniforms through a waiver announcement.
Three pitchers, Giolito, Lopez and Moore, left for the Cleveland Guardians. Outfielder Renfro moved to the Cincinnati Reds, and bullpen pitcher Leon went to the Seattle Mariners.
Earlier, when the possibility of advancing to the major leagues virtually disappeared, the Angels started preparing for the next season by announcing a waiver of these five players and Randall Grichick. Among them, Giolito, Lopez, and Grichick were recruited through trade last month, but they were sent out within a month when fall baseball was virtually canceled.
The Angels, who recorded a disastrous record of 8 wins and 19 losses in August alone, recorded 64 wins and 70 losses this season, and are 11.5 games behind the American League wild card third place Texas Rangers. Now, with only 28 games left, it is difficult to overtake it.
As the Angels started to organize a large-scale roster, other clubs aiming to advance to the postseason started recruiting.
Cleveland brought in Giolito, Lopez, and Moore to strengthen the mound. Cleveland has a record of 64-70, the same as the Angels, but has five games to play against the Minnesota Twins, who rank first in the Central Division of the American League, so it has hopes of advancing to the postseason.
Seattle, which is competing with the Houston Astros and Texas for first place in the American League West, also recruited Leon to secure resources in the bullpen.
Cincinnati, where Renfro joins, is also competing fiercely with the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs for first place in the National League Central Division. Cincinnati also acquired outfielder Harrison Bader, who had been waived from the New York Yankees.
Only players listed on the 40-man roster and the 60-day disabled list can step on the postseason stage until August 31, local time.
The Angels will be able to save about $5.7 million (about 7.55 billion won) in annual salary expenses as five players leave the team.
However, Grichick was unable to find a new team through this waiver announcement.