Angels acquire Hunter Renfroe for 3 pitchers: Is Los Angeles going all in?
Last season, the Angels got no production from their left fielders, with a composite .208/.259/.339 line that featured a lot of the since-traded Brandon Marsh, so even Renfroe is an upgrade, although he could use a partner to face tough righties.
What does this say about the Angels
The Angels are going all in at this point. This is a good move for the Angels’ chance at being competitive in 2023. Though, there’s natural skepticism for the Angels who consistently employ the same strategy in futility. That said, the Angels needed a left fielder. And they got one. Now, they won’t need to rely on Jo Adell or Mickey Moniak. And Renfroe has consistently been a 30 home run hitter. He has a career .790 OPS.
They’ve upgraded and are a better team today than they were yesterday. The downside is trading three more pitchers, on top of the pitcher they traded earlier in the week. The Angels do not have a deep enough farm system to keep shipping players off. –Blum
Who the Brewers get in return
In exchange, the Brewers get three probable relievers, none of whom has been very good to date.
Junk is a sinker/slider guy with nothing more, and he doesn’t have a good enough weapon for lefties right now to project as a starter. Peguero is also a sinker/slider guy, although the fastball doesn’t sink so much as sit in the middle of the zone, and neither pitch has been very effective for him even though he’s been up to 100 mph. Lefty Seminaris worked only as a starter at three levels this year but struggled badly in Double A and Triple A because he can’t get right-handers out, getting lefties from a lower slot and a cross-fire delivery that helps his fringy fastball play up a little.
This is commensurate with trading one year of Renfroe, especially off what was probably a peak year for his bat. –Law
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