Hunter Renfroe traded to Angels

ANAHEIM — Angels common supervisor Perry Minasian made it clear on the annual GM Meetings on Nov. 15 that including to the outfield could be a precedence for the membership this offseason, regardless of having Mike Trout, Taylor Ward, Jo Adell and Mickey Moniak on the roster.

The Angels completed that objective on Tuesday, as they acquired veteran outfielder Hunter Renfroe from the Brewers in alternate for right-handers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero and lefty Adam Seminaris. Renfroe, 30, is coming off a robust season with the Brewers that noticed him slash .255/.315/.492 with 29 homers, 23 doubles and 72 RBIs in 125 video games. He performed 118 video games in proper discipline and has largely performed that place all through his seven-year profession, though he does have expertise in left discipline as effectively.

Angels get: OF Hunter Renfroe
Brewers get: RHP Janson Junk, RHP Elvis Peguero, LHP Adam Seminaris

“Obviously, it is a productive participant who has carried out it yr in and yr out for some time,” common supervisor Perry Minasian mentioned. “Not solely can he produce on the offensive facet, he is a high quality defender who can actually throw. He’s simply the full package deal. We felt like he was a very good match for us.”

Minasian mentioned proprietor Arte Moreno has continued to enable him to function “enterprise as typical” regardless of Moreno probably exploring a sale of the workforce.

“I’d like to thank the possession for permitting me to pursue this,” Minasian mentioned. “We’ve been actually energetic and it isn’t even Thanksgiving but. We addressed the rotation early, had been in a position to handle the infield. It’s been a loopy 10 to 12 days, however now, we’re in a position to handle the outfield with a high quality man , so we’re actually excited.”

Renfroe figures to be an everyday within the outfield together with Trout and Ward, with Adell and Moniak offering depth. Known for his energy and powerful throwing arm within the outfield, Renfore has slashed .240/.300/.490 with 157 homers, 131 doubles and 394 RBIS in 701 video games in seven seasons with the Padres, Rays, Red Sox and Brewers.

Renfore has hit not less than 25 homers in every of the final 5 years (not counting the shortened 2020 season) and the Angels desperately want offense after ending twenty fifth within the Majors in runs scored final yr.

“I feel we’re considerably higher,” Minasian mentioned. “I do not assume the work is finished. There’s undoubtedly areas the place we will proceed to enhance. But I do assume we’re considerably higher.”

Adell and Moniak are actually anticipated to compete for a backup outfield position throughout Spring Training. Moniak is the lone left-handed hitter of that group. There additionally stays an opportunity the Angels may commerce Adell this offseason, though Minasian once more indicated he likes having high quality depth.

“We want everyone, as a result of depth is vital and issues occur over the course of a yr,” Minasian mentioned. “We really feel like they’re actually good gamers. We have some high-end guys and now, we’re attempting to fill a few of that center a part of our roster with high quality.”

Junk, 26, made seven appearances with the Angels over the past two years and had a 4.74 ERA with 21 strikeouts in 24 2/3 innings. He was acquired with Peguero in a commerce with the Yankees in 2019 that despatched Andrew Heaney to New York.

Peguero, 25, struggled in elements of two seasons as a reliever with the Angels, recording a 9.15 ERA in 19 2/3 innings. Seminaris, 24, had a stable yr throughout three Minor League ranges in 2022, posting a 3.54 ERA with 97 strikeouts in 101 2/3 innings.

“It’s powerful and pitching is all the time a premium,” Minasian mentioned. “I feel each workforce wants it and it is very fascinating. It was powerful to commerce these gamers. Obviously, Janson and Elvis had been two guys we acquired and we actually preferred and we have seen develop over the past two years. But the chance to purchase such a participant who can affect our membership on an on a regular basis foundation, each offensively and defensively, we felt prefer it was well worth the worth.”

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