Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, August 25, 2020 -- "The Angels"

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"My question is, where is this all going? The 2021 Angels look a lot like the 2020 Angels. Simmons can leave as a free agent, and Fletcher looks like a reasonable replacement for him. La Stella and Castro are also eligible to walk. The Angels will still owe Pujols and Upton $54 million between them, and are committed to $120 million to four guys before anyone else gets paid. Jo Adell will clearly be better than this, maybe Luis Rengifo takes the second-base job. I have no idea what Shohei Ohtani will be, but I would blindly bet 'injured' at this point and feel pretty good about my money. Their projected 2020 payroll was $184 million, and after a shortened season with no fans in the stands, that number isn’t going to rise."