The Los Angeles Angels have recently placed six veteran players on waivers shortly after trading for them this July. During the trade deadline, the Angels traded for many experienced players such as CJ Cron, Lucas Giolito, Randal Grichuk, and others.
With these roster moves, many fans of the team were led to believe that the Angels were making a push for the playoffs.
In 2018, the Angels signed two-way player Shohei Ohtani to a one year, $30 million, and then a two-year-deal after that. With Ohtani’s contract ending after this year, this is one last ditch effort to get Ohtani to resign with the team.
After Ohtani suffered a tear in his UCL and also going 8-19 in the month of August, the Angels are now out of playoff contention and placed six players on waivers as an attempt to save money for this year’s off-season. Many sports analysts believe that this money will be used to try and sign Ohtani back to the team. CBS Sports says that the Angels won’t have to pay the rest of their contracts and this move was potentially a mass salary dump.
As USA Today portrays it, “Who knows, maybe the money saved will be utilized to help sign Ohtani?” Baseball fans around the world are confused as to what the Angels are trying to do with their future as they have traded many of their top prospects for players just to put them on waivers weeks later.