Hunter Renfroe knew his time in Milwaukee was coming to an finish.
The outfielder, who performed for the Brewers in 2022, was advised Friday by his agent that he was presumably getting moved.
“And I kind of figured it was gonna come no matter what because the payroll for the Brewers was getting up there pretty good,” Renfroe stated throughout his introductory information convention with the Angels on Wednesday afternoon.
His good friend, Angels pitcher Aaron Loup, occurred to be visiting his offseason house in Mississippi, near the border of Louisiana — Loup’s house state — at some point and talked about that basic supervisor Perry Minasian was making an attempt to work out a take care of the Brewers for him.
And on Tuesday night time, the Angels introduced they formally traded for Renfroe in trade for younger pitchers Janson Junk and Elvis Peguero and minor league pitcher Adam Seminaris.
“We’re excited,” Renfroe stated. “I was in Southern California for a long time with the [San Diego] Padres and to come back there, it’s pretty cool.”
Renfroe stated he was advised that he could be the beginning proper fielder for the Angels subsequent season and will likely be taking part in day by day. Renfroe additionally stated that he conveyed to Minasian he’s additionally prepared to play no matter place they want him to.
“I’ll play first base, I’ll play second base if I need to. I hope I don’t have to play second base because that’s entirely too close to the hitter,” Renfroe stated. “I’ll play left. I’ll play right. Think [Mike] Trout’s got center field locked down pretty good.”
By going to Anaheim, Renfroe will play for his fifth group in as a few years. The longest stint of his profession was spent with San Diego, which drafted him in 2013 and the place he spent 4 massive league seasons. But between 2019 and 2023, he’ll have performed for the Padres, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Boston Red Sox, the Brewers and now the Angels.
And alongside the best way, he’s been a part of golf equipment which have made important playoff runs. He was on the Rays in 2020 after they misplaced to the Dodgers within the World Series and on the Red Sox in 2021 after they misplaced to Astros within the American League Championship Series.
“It’s been rough on the family, been rough on everybody,” he stated of the fixed transferring. “But it’s pretty cool. My man cave and my hidden cage and stuff out in the shed there is getting pretty filled up with different jerseys and different pictures and banners and everything else. So I guess we’ll add another one to it and we’ll look forward to it and laugh about it at the end.”
Renfroe joins a group that during the last two weeks has made important upgrades to handle the extreme lack of major-league-level depth, which grew to become obvious throughout the 2022 season. Along with Renfroe, Minasian additionally traded for Minnesota Twins infielder Gio Urshela and signed former Dodgers beginning pitcher Tyler Anderson to a multiyear deal.
“Obviously he’s a productive player who’s done it year in and year out for a while,” Minasian stated of Renfroe over a Zoom information convention Tuesday night time. “It’s a quality two-way guy. Not only can he produce on the offensive side, he’s a quality defender. Just the total package. We felt like he was a really good fit for us.”
Urshela and Renfroe are eligible to turn out to be free brokers after the 2023 season. The three new additions add a mixed $27.2 million to a gap day payroll projected at greater than $184.6 million for 2023, per COT’s Baseball Contracts payroll and tax tracker.
As for whether or not attending to play alongside the likes of Trout, Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon add to the joy of becoming a member of a new group, Renfroe stated: “It’s very exciting to be able to witness greatness every day and seeing those guys play, even on the other side, it’s fun to watch. So to be on the same field as them and learn from guys like that and what their daily routines are, it’s pretty special.”