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Angels reliever Mike Mayers left Saturday's spring training game early after being struck in the knee by a ball, but the team hasn't "heard anything negative from the trainers," according to manager Joe Maddon. (Source: Jack A. Harris on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Mayers appears to be fine, and the team is just being cautious. He is in line for some late-inning work for Los Angeles this season, but he is unlikely to see many save opportunities unless something happens to Raisel Iglesias.

Category: Injury Updates

Angels manager Joe Maddon expects two-way star Shohei Ohtani to pitch on a normal turn in the rotation this season. (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: It comes as welcome news for fantasy managers - Shohei Ohtani is expected to head a six-man rotation in Anaheim. After accumulating a total of 1.2 innings pitched over the last two years, Ohtani provided a window into his top-of-the-rotation repertoire in his first spring training outing, striking out five batters with a fastball topping 100 mph. Assuming Ohtani can stay healthy, his upside as both a DH and a SP makes him one of the most intriguing fantasy players for the upcoming season.

Shohei Ohtani hit the upper 90s on the radar gun in his spring pitching debut on Friday against the Oakland Athletics. (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ohtani pitched 1 2/3 innings in his debut, giving up one run, two walks, and striking out five. During the 41-pitch outing, his fastball sat at 96-100 MPH. It's a small sample, but it's an encouraging sign that Ohtani's velocity is up so high this early in spring.

Angels manager Joe Maddon noted that prospect Brandon Marsh suffered a cramp while running the bases. He left the game shortly afterward. (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Monitor the health of Brandon Marsh as that may delay his call up to the major leagues. Marsh is a power and speed threat to monitor for the Angels. He'll be worth adding when called up, assuming health.

Category: Injury Updates

Anthony Rendon (soreness) is making his Cactus League debut on Wednesday. (Source: Fabian Ardaya on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Rendon has missed some time due to body soreness but it was never considered serious. He should once again be an elite, four-category contributor in 2021.

Category: Injury Updates

Albert Pujols told reporters Saturday that he won't make a retirement decision until after the season. (Source: Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: "My main focus is on this year," Pujols said. "That decision will come at the end of the year. ... This thing got blown out of proportion." The future Hall of Famer is entering the final season of his 10-year pact with the Angels. Speculation about his future recently arose when his wife posted an Instagram saying the final year of his spectacular career was about to start. It's clear that he isn't officially retiring just yet, however.

Angels SS Franklin Barreto (shoulder) was fully cleared for baseball activities Friday. (Source: Fabian Ardaya on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Barreto underwent surgery on his left shoulder in September and missed the rest of the 2020 campaign. He was acquired by the Angels at the trade deadline and appeared in only six games with his new team. Barreto is fully cleared for baseball activities, but his role with the Angels is unclear at this time. The 24-year-old SS slashed .074/.107/.074 across 28 plate appearances in 2020 for the Angels/A’s last season.

Category: Injury Updates

Rhett Bollinger of reports the Angels and RHP Dylan Bundy aren't yet discussing a contract extension. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Bundy is set to become a free agent following the 2021 campaign, and he could be in line for a nice contract following a career-year in 2020. Bundy posted a 3.29 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings pitched last summer, and it's no secret that the Angels need all the starting pitching they can get.

Category: Rumors

The Angels are sending OF Jahmai Jones to the Orioles in exchange for RHP Alex Cobb. (Source: Fabian Ardaya on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old is a former second-round pick who made his MLB debut last summer. Jones went 3-for-7 with an RBI in his very limited playing time.

Category: Transactions

According to Angels beat writer Jeff Fletcher, Junior Guerra signed a minor league deal with the Angels. (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Over the past two seasons, Junior Guerra was mostly used as a reliever with 97 appearances, a 3.44 ERA, a 21.9% strikeout rate, and an 11.4% walk rate in 107.1 innings pitched. Unfortunately, he's not fantasy relevant.

Category: Transactions

Felix Peña agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with the Angels to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peña was arbitration eligible for the first time this winter. He'll work out of the Angels bullpen in 2021.

Category: Transactions

The Angels and catcher Max Stassi avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.6 million deal. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stassi underwent hip surgery in October and it's unclear what his status will be entering spring training. Once healthy, he'll split catching duties with the recently signed Kurt Suzuki.

Category: Transactions

The Angels and LHP Andrew Heaney avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.75 million deal. (Source: Bob Nightengale on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was Heaney's final year of salary arbitration. The lefty posted a 4.46 ERA in 12 starts for the Angels last season.

Category: Transactions

Angels manager Joe Maddon says OF Jo Adell "needs more time in the minor leagues, no question." (Source: Maria Torres on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Adell's first taste of big league action didn't go as planned in 2020. The 21-year-old hit just .161 with three homers and a .478 OPS in 38 games. He appeared wildly overmatched at times, but it's important to remember how much the pandemic affected minor league players and rookies this season. Adell's future is still bright and fantasy players in dynasty leagues might want to try and buy low on him this offseason.

Pitcher Matt Andriese was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, the team announced. (Source: Angels on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2020, Andriese made 16 appearances (one start) and pitched to a 4.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts over 32 innings. With more and more clubs utilizing openers, swing starters, and bulk relievers in baseball, Andriese could make for an intriguing budget-friendly option for innings. However, he is unlikely to have any kind of significant value in most fantasy formats.

Category: Transactions

Reliever Keynan Middleton was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday, the team announced. (Source: Angels on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Middleton had a 5.25 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 13 appearances in 2020 before being optioned to the alternate training site. However, he was excellent over 27 appearances combined in 2018 and 2019 and is still just 27 years old, so he is likely to earn a big-league contract this offseason.

Category: Transactions

Reliever Hansel Robles was non-tendered by the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday and will become a free agent, the team announced. (Source: Angels on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Robles pitched to a 10.26 ERA in 2020 but entered the year coming off a season in which he saved 23 games with a 2.48 ERA. Still just 30 years old, Robles should find a robust market for his services despite the down year.

Category: Transactions

Mike Trout did not play during Sunday's 5-0 loss against the Dodgers to conclude the Angels season.

Fantasy Impact: Much like teammate Anthony Rendon, Trout was rested once the team was eliminated from playoff contention. Trout finishes the abbreviated season with a .281 AVG and stellar .993 OPS to go along with 41 R, 17 HR, 46 RBI, and 1 SB in 53 games this season. Trout remains an elite fantasy contributor and will once again be worthy of a top-five selection in fantasy drafts next spring.

Category: Game Recaps

Angels pitcher Patrick Sandoval filled in as the starting pitcher on Sunday for the Angels season finale against the Dodgers but lasted only 2.2 innings before being removed with an injury (calf strain). Sandoval gave up three runs (two earned) on just one hit with three walks while striking out three before his early exit.

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old southpaw allowed a lead-off home run to A.J. Pollock to begin the game and otherwise was done in by his free passes (3 walks). Sandoval took the loss Sunday (1-5) and finishes the season with an unsightly 5.65 ERA and 1.34 WHIP working as both a starter and a reliever during the year.

Category: Game Recaps

The Angels placed Luis Rengifo on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain. (Source: Angels PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 23-year-old infielder suffered the injury during Friday's game. He finishes the 2020 campaign with a slash line of .156/.269/.200.

Category: Injury Updates