Angels Shrink Roster, Cut Six Players

Updated: March 27, 2017

The Angels have made some major cuts to their roster on Monday. The Halos get closer to finalizing their roster, and reassigned six players including pitchers Deolis Guerra and Jose Valdez.

Guerra had pitched in five games this spring, but struggled heavily allowing six earned runs, and eights hits in five innings of work. Valdez didn’t do much better, posting a 5.23 ERA in 10 appearances. He allowed six earned runs, and nine hits in 10.1 innings of work.

According to Maria Guardado, the rest of the cuts were outfielders Eric Young Jr. and Shane Robinson. Along with infielder Rey Navarro, and catcher Tony Sanchez. The Angels roster now sits at 34 active players, and they will have to trim that down to 25 before April 3.

“I think we narrowed a lot of things down significantly,” Scioscia said.

Eric Young Jr. had a decent spring, hitting .255 with two home runs and three RBI with four stolen bases in 47 at-bats. The 31-year-old didn’t have much of a chance to make the roster, but could be a nice insurance player to have in case of injury.

Robinson had a strong spring, but much like Young Jr. there just wasn’t a roster spot available for him right now. He hit .333 with with five RBI in 30 at-bats. He could find himself in Anaheim if an injury occurs or he hits his way onto the team from Triple-A.

Both Navarro and Sanchez really had no chance of making the Opening Day roster, but the Angels wanted to see if they could hit Major League pitching. Sanchez had a nice spring hitting .280 in 25 at-bats, Navarro not so much. They could see time in Anaheim later in the season, and possibly a September call up.

These are just the latest cuts to the Angels roster, and there’s more to come. Stay tuned as the Halos shape their roster for Opening Day.

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