Angels Reportedly Still Over Luxury Tax Threshold Despite Recent Release of 6 Players


OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 01: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels gets ready to ba against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning at RingCentral Coliseum on September 01, 2023 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Angels basically punted on the rest of the 2023 season today, putting Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo López, Dominic Leone, Matt Moore, Hunter Renfroe and Randal Grichuk on waivers.

Those relocations conserved the group around $5 million in payroll, though it still apparently didn’t take them listed below the high-end tax limit, according to Jeff Fletcher of the SoCal News Group:

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GM Perry Minasian stated he does not believe going beyond the high-end tax in 2023 would have an effect on what he can invest in 2024.<< br><> < br>>” We’ll get to that point when we begin constructing the ’24 lineup, however from the discussion I’ve had, there will be no effect.”

Since the trade due date on Aug. 1, when the group included a variety of gamers in an effort to make the postseason– consisting of Giolito, Leone, López, Grichuk and Eduardo Escobar– basically whatever has actually failed.

The Angels went 8-19 in August. Mike Trout returned for all of one video game prior to being location right back on the hurt list. Super star Shoehei Ohtani might require Tommy John surgical treatment on his split UCL, and while he continues to play as a player, his season as a pitcher is over and he might not pitch next season either.

Which group he does or does not pitch for stays up in the air too, provided his pending complimentary firm. The Angels (64-70) selected versus trading him ahead of the trade due date, rather being purchasers in an effort to enter into the postseason, possibly wanting to lure Ohtani to stick with the company for the long term.

Instead, it’s been one catastrophe after another for the Halos.

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