BREAKING: Angels Pull Stunning Move, Placing 5 Notable Players on Waivers

In an unprecedented, stunning move, the Los Angeles Angels have waived five notable major league veterans, making them all available to contenders down the stretch, including one of the top free agent pitchers coming up this summer, Lucas Giolito.

Also hitting the waiver wire are relievers Matt Moore and Reynaldo López, and outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Randal Grichuk. All five of the players will be free agents this summer. Giolito, Lopez and Grichuk were all acquired by the Angels at the trade deadline a month ago.

The moves, as noted by Insider Jeff Passan, have huge playoff implications, as all five players can be claimed by contending teams on Thursday to help with their September stretch drives.  

Plenty of contenders will be putting in bids on these quality players, and which teams get them will be determined by reverse order of record (i.e. worst record among claiming teams gets each player). 

For the Angels, it's all a salary dump, as any player that's claimed will have their salaries transferred to their new team for the balance of the season.  

This should be one wild waiver-claiming bonanza on Thursday.

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