Angels Begin Roster Expansion

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The Halos started their September call-ups with some depth in areas where there is an immediate need as well as auditioning future spots. These aren’t overhyped prospects by any measure, plus one is what you could call a has-been. But the Angels need to ease the workload on some guys. Here’s the story on all three players…

  • Graterol had a .300 / .340 / .370 slash line at AAA Salt Lake, as well as a 32% caught stealing right from behind the dish. He will likely serve as minor league depth next season as it looks like the Bandy/Perez combo is going to stick. Should one of them falter, however, Juan will get the call. But at this point I wouldn’t count on him on Draft Kings.
  • Ege had a 4.91 ERA but only a 1.09 WHIP in 7 innings. He isn’t anything special, just a minor leaguer getting a shot.
  • And now for the one you’ve all been waiting for! Bailey was released by the Phillies after sporting a 6.40 in 32 innings out of their bullpen. But after signing with the Angels to a minor league contract, the former All-Star posted a 2.00 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 9 innings. Who knows what this will turn into? It could be another Jason Grilli turning it around and solidifying a key spot in the pen, or Andrew is nearing his end as a Major Leaguer. We’ll see.


Around the Big A

  • Salas, 31, posted a 4.47 ERA with a 7.2 K/9, 3.0 BB/9 and a 41.6 percent ground-ball rate in 56 1/3 innings of relief for the Angels this season. He’s a free agent after this season, and that’s $2.4MM more coming off the books. After a miserable June, Salas has a 2.60 ERA with an 18-to-7 K/BB ratio and a 48 percent ground-ball rate in his past 17 1/3 innings.
  • Manoah has some pretty ugly numbers in the minors so far at the age of 20. He has plenty of time to right the ship. But even if he doesn’t pan out, at least the Angels got something for Salas and were able to shed more salary.

  • The time is now to start looking for a bullpen overhaul for next season. And while we at LA Angels Insider would still support a rebuild in 2017, the Halos can still bounce back by restocking their bullpen with major league arms. The Giants, Orioles, and Rangers have all had their list of starting pitching problems, from injuries and lackluster performances. But what’s keeping all three teams in the mix is their bullpen. Otherwise, they could be in the same boat as the Angels. Bullpen makes a big difference. And it’s proven to be the difference for the Angels many times.

  • Mike Trout was involved in a car accident on Wednesday night on the 55 freeway in Tustin. He was unscathed in the incident but the driver of the other car had to pried from her vehicle and taken to the hospital. No charges have been filed. Trout was sober while driving. Thank God! He was back in the lineup on Friday in Seattle.

  • Things are still looking bleak as far as stadium negotiations. After walking away from a possible building site in Tustin, the club resumed talks with the City of Anaheim. And once again, the two parties are playing tug of war over development proposals for building on the parking lot. It would appear that there are some real big heads running Anaheim. The Angels are only one of a couple of entities that even give the city any kind of identity nationwide. The other being Disneyland. But that’s politics.