Angels reportedly acquire Joc Pederson from Dodgers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The Angels are reportedly on the verge of acquiring outfielder Joc Pederson from the Dodgers in a swap for surplus infielder Luís Rengifo.The deal, which was first reported Tuesday but has not yet been announced, will reportedly also include other players, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, who first reported Pederson to the Angels. One of the other players reportedly coming back to the Angels is prospect Andy Pages, who had a breakthrough season in rookie ball last summer.The trade would give the Angels a power-laden outfield of Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Pederson. Brian Goodwin would become the fourth outfielder, with top prospect Jo Adell waiting in the wings.The Dodgers moved Pederson just as they were completing a reported deal to bring in Mookie Betts and David Price from Boston in a three-team deal involving Minnesota. Pederson, 27, hit .249 with 36 homers and an .876 OPS last season. A left-handed batter, Pederson has one year left before free agency. He is set to make either $9.5 million or $7.75 million in his final year of arbitration, with a hearing set for sometime this month.The Angels had been likely to use Goodwin as their everyday right fielder until Adell is ready. Goodwin hit .262 with 17 homers and a .796 OPS in 2019.Related Articlescenter_img Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly Rengifo became expendable when the Angels signed third baseman Anthony Rendon, leaving David Fletcher, Tommy La Stella and Rengifo to compete for time at second base. La Stella could also play some first base.Rengifo, 22, hit .238 with a .685 OPS in 108 games in his rookie season.Pages, 19, was signed out of Cuba in 2018, and opened eyes with an outstanding season in the rookie-level Pioneer League, earning Baseball America’s recognition as the No. 2 prospect in the league in 2019. Pages hit .298 with 19 homers and a 1.049 OPS in 63 games for Ogden.Pages was ranked 23rd by Baseball America in the Dodgers system, and he was likely to be ranked toward the bottom of the top 10 in the Angels’ system, according to Baseball America’s Kyle Glaser. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings last_img read more