Halos in the World Baseball Classic: Who’s in, Who’s out

Updated: February 2, 2017

We are about a month away from the 2017 World Baseball Classic and only six days away from the announcement of the rosters for the first and second rounds. A few current and former Angels are set to compete in the international tournament. Here’s a look at who will and won’t be a part of this years WBC.

Confirmed Participants

At this time, only Andrelton Simmons is confirmed to be playing in the WBC. A native of the island of Curaçao, Simba will be playing for the Kingdom of the Netherlands. For those confused, Curaçao is constituent nation of the Netherlands. He will join fellow Curaçao native Jonathan Schoop, Aruba native Xander Bogaerts, and Amsterdam native Didi Gregorius to form one of the best infields in the WBC. Kenley Jansen, who played in the World Baseball Classic in 2013, will reportedly not play.

New second baseman Danny Espinosa will play for Mexico in this year’s WBC. He will join former Angel reliever Fernando Salas and Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. Espinosa committed to playing before he was traded to the Angels, so it is unsure if he will actually play. All signs point to him still playing though.

Former Angel Johnny Giavotella will play for team Italy in this year’s Classic. Johnny G recently signed with the Baltimore Orioles.

Question Marks

Former first base coach and current infield coach Alfredo Griffin may be a coach once again for the Dominican Republic. He has been a coach for the team in every WBC since 2006.

Mike Trout’s future with team USA is still up in the air. He has not been named to the roster yet and it has not yet been reported that he has accepted an invitation to play. If he does end up on the roster, it would allow team USA to form one of the strongest lineups to ever play in the WBC. He would join Giancarlo Stanton, Andrew McCutchen, Paul Goldschmidt, and Nolan Arenado to name a few with possible late round addition Clayton Kershaw also in the mix. We will see if Trout ends up playing by Feb. 8.

All rosters for this years WBC will be announced on Feb. 8. Be on the lookout not only for Halos in the Classic, but also some interesting players. It has already been reported that former All-Star reliever Eric Gagne will come out of retirement to throw for team Canada. The WBC will begin round robin play on March 6.

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