The Los Angeles Angels continued their slow rebuild by acquiring OF Hunter Renfroe from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for young pitchers Janson Junk (RHP), Elvis Peguero (RHP), Adam Seminaris (LHP).
It’s the third notable move this offseason, following the acquisition of SS Giovanny Urshela from the Minnesota Twins, and the free agent signing of SP Tyler Anderson (3 years, $39M) away from the Dodgers.
Renfroe is headed for a 4th and final trip through arbitration this winter, projected to earn around $12M for the upcoming season. He posted 23 doubles, 29 homers, 72 RBIs & a 2.77 WAR last season for the Brewers, fairly consistent with his annual output over the past 6 years. He slots in immediately as the starting right fielder for LAA, alongside Mike Trout in CF, and Taylor Ward in LF.
Giovanny Urshela figures to be the day 1 starting shortstop for the Angels, projected to earn around $9.25M in his final arbitration season. The 31-year-old posted 27 doubles, 13 homers, 64 RBIs, and a 2.92 WAR last season in Minnesota.
Tyler Anderson had a career year on the mound for the Dodgers last season, cutting his ERA down to 2.57, the WHIP down to 1.00, while accumulating a 4.26 WAR across 178 innings. He currently projects as the #2 arm in the rotation behind Shohei Ohtani - barring another (likely) acquisition this winter. His 3 year deal comes with a flat $13M per season, which ranks 28th among starting pitcher pay right now.
The Angels now project toward a $206M tax payroll when including estimated arbitration & pre-arbitration salaries against their 40-man roster. With a threshold of $233M this season, this means around $26M of space to work with.