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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.

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Shohei Ohtani (elbow) has been throwing for approximately a month and has reached 120 feet. He is expected to be fully healthy for Spring Training. (Source: Jeff Fletcher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ohtani is expected to be healthy for the start of spring training and again be a two-way player. He was shut down from throwing in August after allowing seven runs while recording just five outs over a pair of starts. Ohtani continues to work his way back from a flexor strain in his right forearm. The 26-year-old should be all systems go by time Spring Training starts.

Category: Injury Updates


Max Stassi, who underwent surgery to repair a a torn labrum in his left hip, is expected to be out 4-6 months. (Source: Angels PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Stassi received an MRI at the end of the regular season, which revealed the hip issue. This puts him on track to start the 2021 season a little late so the Angels will likely add some catching depth this winter.

Category: Injury Updates


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


Anthony Rendon did not play Saturday or during Sunday's season finale against the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: With no known injury to speak of, the Angels simply allowed their big free agent acquisition to end his season prematurely once the team was officially eliminated from playoff contention. Rendon finished the season with a .286/.497/.915 slash line to go along with 29 R, 9 HR, and 31 RBI in 52 games. Rendon will remain one of the premier options at the hot corner in 2021 fantasy drafts.

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


The Angels optioned RHP Jaime Barria to the team's alternate training site. (Source: Angels PR on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Barria pitched well this year, putting up a 3.62 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP in 32 1/3 innings. He's a name to remember for the later rounds of 2021 drafts.

Category: Transactions


Dylan Bundy was scratched from Saturday's start against the Dodgers due to a cut on his finger. (Source: Fabian Ardaya on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Manager Joe Maddon says that Bundy would've started had it been a potential postseason situation but the team didn't want to force the issue. The 27-year-old finally had a breakout season in his first year with the Angels, putting up a 3.29 ERA with 72 strikeouts in 65 2/3 innings pitched.

Category: Injury Updates


Griffin Canning has been scratched from Sunday's start against the Dodgers. (Source: Fabian Ardaya on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It isn't a health issue. The Angels just don't want to push it with Canning. The 24-year-old made 11 starts this season, posting a 3.99 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 56 1/3 innings pitched.


Angels first baseman Jared Walsh drove in two runs with a triple on Saturday and also scored a run, continuing his hot hitting with a 2-for-5 performance in a loss to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: In what has been yet another frustrating season for the Angels overall, missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, the emergence of Walsh (.302 AVG, .994 OPS) this September as the team’s everyday first baseman has proven to be a rare bright spot for the club heading in to next season.

Category: Game Recaps


Angels starter and off-season free agent acquisition Julio Teheran struggled again on Saturday, failing to make it past the first inning for the second consecutive start while yielding three earned runs on two hits and two walks in just one inning of work.

Fantasy Impact: The former Atlanta Braves top prospect's ERA climbed all the way to an unthinkable 10.05 with his latest disastrous performance on Saturday against the Dodgers. Teheran (0-4) has arguably been the worst starting pitcher in baseball in 2020, which is not exactly what the Halos had in mind when they inked him to a one-year, $9 million contract last winter. It seems unlikely that he would be back with the club in 2021.

Category: Game Recaps


Angels lead-off man David Fletcher singled three times on Saturday while driving in a pair of runs in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers.

Fantasy Impact: Fletcher has been a steady presence at the top of the lineup for the Angels since returning from injury earlier this month and is a solid fantasy contributor in runs and batting average with multi-positional eligiblity. His .325 AVG is good for the eighth best mark in the majors with only one game left to go.

Category: Game Recaps


Angels starter Andrew Heaney surrendered five earned runs on eight hits and two walks in just four innings of work in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Friday night. Heaney gave up three solo home runs on the night – two to Justin Turner and one to A.J. Pollock. Heaney added three strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: A matchup against Clayton Kershaw and the vaunted Dodgers offense is about as tough as it gets for an opposing pitcher, and Heaney was not up to the challenge tonight. Heaney finishes the 2020 season 4-3 with a pedestrian 4.46 ERA and 1.23 WHIP with 70 K in 66.2 innings as the Angels have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Category: Game Recaps


The 14-year veteran outfielder blasted a solo shot off of Clayton Kershaw to left field to begin the fourth inning in an eventual loss to the rival Dodgers. Upton finished 1-for-4 and struck out in his other three at-bats.

Fantasy Impact: With only two games left in the season, Upton is hitting just .208/.431/.725 in what has been a rough year for himself and the Angels but the nine home runs are a small silver lining to his season and fantasy value.

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Angels reliever Felix Pena was called upon to pitch the 9th inning in a 5-2 game on Wednesday and secured his second save of the season. Pena pitched a scoreless inning, allowing one hit without any strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: The 30-year-old veteran reliever with a 4.41 career ERA picked up just the third save of his career today. It’s become increasingly difficult to predict which reliever Joe Maddon will call upon for the next save chance for the Angels. This bullpen seems like a stay-away for fantasy purposes, but Mike Mayers still seems to the be the best option moving forward.

Category: Game Recaps


Mike Mayers was called upon to pitch the 8th inning during Wednesday’s 5-2 win over the Padres. Mayers pitched one inning, allowing a hit and a walk with one strikeout and secured a hold in the process.

Fantasy Impact: It seemed over the past few games that Mayers had established himself as the new closer for the Angels, but instead it was Felix Pena who pitched the 9th inning tonight and earned his second save of the season. Mayers has been lights-out this season (1.52 ERA) but this bullpen continues to be unsettled for the purpose of chasing saves.

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Angels backup catcher Anthony Bemboom went 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Wednesday, his third homer of the season.

Fantasy Impact: Bemboom connected for one of three Angels home runs in the second inning off of Padres reliever Adrian Morejon, who had taken over for an injured Mike Clevinger. Bemboom was filling in today for primary catcher Max Stassi who received a simple day off. Bemboom can be ignored in fantasy leagues.

Category: Game Recaps