Angels acquire Hunter Renfroe, send 3 pitchers to Brewers

The Los Angeles Angels acquired power-hitting outfielder Hunter Renfroe in a commerce with the Milwaukee Brewers for 3 younger pitchers Tuesday night time.

Milwaukee acquired right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero, and minor league lefty Adam Seminaris.

Renfroe batted .255 with 29 dwelling runs, 72 RBIs and an .807 OPS in 125 video games this season, his first with the Brewers. He led main league proper fielders with 11 assists and ranked tenth within the National League with a .492 slugging proportion.

“Obviously, it is a productive participant who’s performed it yr in and yr out for some time,” Angels basic supervisor Perry Minasian mentioned on a Zoom convention with reporters. “It’s a high quality two-way man. Not solely can he produce on the offensive aspect, he is a high quality defender. He can actually throw. Just the entire package deal. We felt like he was a very good match for us.”

Renfroe, who turns 31 in January, is eligible for arbitration once more and certain to get a increase after incomes a $7.65 million wage this yr. He can grow to be a free agent after subsequent season.

He joins an Angels staff on the lookout for offense to assist superstars Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in a top-heavy lineup that struggled total this yr. Los Angeles went 73-89 and completed third within the AL West.

Los Angeles, whose postseason drought extends to 2014, has been busy within the early elements of this offseason. It acquired veteran infielder Gio Urshela from the Minnesota Twins and signed beginning pitcher Tyler Anderson final week.

Milwaukee, with a restricted price range, was second within the NL Central at 86-76 and missed the playoffs for the primary time since 2017 after 4 consecutive appearances.

Renfroe was drafted thirteenth total by San Diego in 2013 and spent his first 4 massive league seasons with the Padres. But the Angels will mark his fifth staff in 5 years, together with Tampa Bay (2020) and Boston (2021).

Junk, 26, spent many of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake however made three appearances for the Angels, together with two begins. He was 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in 8⅓ innings.

The 25-year-old Peguero made 13 reduction appearances for the Angels this season, compiling a 6.75 ERA in 17⅓ innings. He pitched in 38 video games for Salt Lake.

Seminaris, 24, was chosen by the Angels within the fifth spherical of the 2020 draft out of Long Beach State. He made a mixed 21 begins and three reduction appearances this yr with High-A Tri-City, Double-A Rocket City and Triple-A Salt Lake, going 7-11 with a 3.54 ERA. He’s struck out 209 batters in 185 minor league innings.

“We are completely happy to welcome three high quality younger arms to our group, two of that are already on the most important league roster and have an opportunity to affect our staff in 2023,” Milwaukee basic supervisor Matt Arnold mentioned. “The capability to add pitching depth to an already robust secure of massive league arms is one thing we be ok with.”

Milwaukee has a number of outfield prospects who might fill Renfroe’s spot after enjoying in Triple-A this season.

Garrett Mitchell, a 2020 first-round draft decide, was referred to as up late within the season and had an .832 OPS in 23 video games. Sal Frelick, Esteury Ruiz and Joey Wiemer all spent not less than a part of the season at Triple-A Nashville. Ruiz was acquired from San Diego within the deal for All-Star nearer Josh Hader simply earlier than the commerce deadline.

“We are very grateful to Hunter for all of his contributions, each on and off the sector,” Arnold mentioned. “While he will definitely be missed, this is a chance for our group of thrilling younger outfielders to affect our main league staff within the close to future.”

Information from The (*3*) Press was used on this report.

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