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The Los Angeles Angels have agreed on a minor-league deal with infielder Charles Leblanc on Sunday. The 27-year-old got his first taste of MLB action with the Miami Marlins in 2022. He slashed .263/.320/.404 across 169 plate appearances with the Marlins. He spent last season in Triple-A Jacksonville hitting .252/.384/.423 with 12 homers and four stolen bases across nearly 400 plate appearances. Leblanc is nothing more than a depth signing for the Halos. He'll likely start the season in the minors and possibly come up if someone gets injured.
The Los Angeles Angels signed right-hander Alan Rangel to a minor-league deal on Tuesday. The 26-year-old hurler has yet to make his major-league debut. He spent the 2023 campaign in the Atlanta Braves organization and went 4-16 with a 4.61 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 50 walks and 140 strikeouts in 127 innings pitched over 26 appearances (25 starts) at Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett. In eight minor-league seasons, Rangel has pitched to a 4.49 ERA and 1.31 WHIP with 239 walks and 764 strikeouts in 749 1/3 innings over 169 appearances (142 starts). He'll operate as minor-league pitching depth for the Angels in 2024 as he looks to finally get back to the big leagues and make his debut.
Los Angeles Angels general manager Perry Minasian reiterated that outfielder Mike Trout will be playing with the team in 2024 after several large-market teams privately inquired about his availability in a trade. The Angels will likely lose two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani this offseason, but they plan on keeping Trout around. Now 32, Trout, an 11-time All-Star and three-time MVP, had a down year in 2023 and finished with a .263 batting average (81-for-308) with 18 home runs, 14 doubles, a triple, 44 RBI, two stolen bases and 54 runs scored in 82 games played. He suffered a fractured hamate bone on July 3 and ended up playing in just one game in the second half of the season before ultimately being shut down. Trout should be able to rebound with better health in 2024, but he's no longer in contention as the top overall pick in fantasy drafts.
The Los Angeles Angels outrighted right-hander Carson Fulmer, catcher Chad Wallach, outfielder Brett Phillips and pitcher Jhonathan Diaz to Triple-A Salt Lake on Monday. Wallach and Phillips are arbitration-eligible, so they were likely to be non-tendered. Each of the players could still re-sign with the team despite reaching free agency this offseason. Fulmer, 29, pitched in just three games (one start) for the Angels in 2023, allowing three earned runs while striking out six in 10 innings. Wallach, 31, played in a career-high 65 games this year and hit just .197 (31-for-157) with a career-high seven homers. Phillips, 29, hit .175 (11-for-63) with three homers in 39 games this year. Diaz, 27, gave up 11 runs (eight earned) in just seven innings over his four outings (one start) for the Halos in 2023.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Randal Grichuk went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and a strikeout in the season finale on Sunday, a 7-3 victory over the visiting Oakland Athletics. The home run was Grichuk's 16th of the year, and he wraps up his 2023 campaign with a .267 average (116-for-434) with 44 RBI, 31 doubles, two triples, two stolen bases and 65 runs scored in 118 combined games with the Angels and Colorado Rockies. The Angels acquired him at the trade deadline in early August from the Rockies, but he wasn't nearly as good in Anaheim as he was at the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field. In 54 games for the Halos, he hit just .216 (42-for-194) with eight homers, 17 RBI and 25 runs scored in 208 trips to the plate. The 32-year-old has finished shy of the 20-homer mark in each of the last two years.