Former All-Star, 2 Other Los Angeles Angels Elect Free Agency

In a series of moves, several players from the Los Angeles Angels have chosen to explore free agency opportunities rather than accepting assignments to Triple-A Salt Lake or going through the arbitration process.

Notably, 30-year-old power hitter and 2021 All-Star Jared Walsh, who had high expectations for the 2023 season, struggled with a .125 batting average, .279 slugging percentage, and limited home runs and RBIs.

It seems that both Walsh and the Angels might benefit from a fresh start as he explores options on the open market.

Another player making a similar move is 29-year-old outfielder Brett Phillips.

Known for his defensive prowess, Phillips posted a batting line of .175/.268/.333 with the Angels in 2023, and he's opting to explore new opportunities within Major League Baseball instead of accepting a minor league assignment.

Additionally, 27-year-old pitcher Jaime Barria, eligible for arbitration this offseason, was removed from the Angels' 40-man roster.

Barria had a challenging 2023 season with an elevated ERA and declined an outright assignment, making him a free agent.

Despite his struggles, his versatility may attract teams in need of a swingman-type player, possibly leading to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

These moves reflect the evolving roster dynamics and player decisions within the Angels' organization. Photo Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports