Angels Signal Scott Schebler
The Angels have signed outfielder Scott Schebler to a minor league contract, USA Right now’s Bob Nightengale stories (Twitter hyperlink). Schebler will earn $900Okay in assured cash if he reaches the group’s big-league roster.
Schebler is finest identified for his days as a daily for the Reds from 2016-18, as he hit .248/.323/.457 with 56 homers in 1243 plate appearances over that three-season stretch (together with a 30-homer marketing campaign in 2017). Shoulder issues and struggles on the plate restricted Schebler to simply 30 video games in 2019, nonetheless, and Cincinnati lower ties after buying and selling him to the Braves final July. Schebler’s 2020 season consisted of only one recreation and one plate look in an Atlanta uniform earlier than he was outrighted off the 40-man roster and despatched to the Braves’ alternate coaching website.
Whereas Schebler has spent a lot of his time for granted fielder, he has expertise in any respect three outfield positions and displayed some first rate glovework. That might give him a bonus in breaking camp with Los Angeles subsequent spring, because the Halos are skinny on outfield depth behind their projected beginning trio of Jo Adell, Mike Trout, and Justin Upton.
Given Adell’s inexperience and Upton’s very tough 2020 season, having a veteran like Schebler readily available might be of specific assist — ideally, Schebler may considerably substitute Brian Goodwin, who the Angels dealt to the Reds final August. It’s in all probability secure to imagine that the Angels will deliver not less than a pair extra veterans on minors contracts into camp (if not a extra outstanding acquisition) to battle for outfield jobs, and prime prospect Brandon Marsh will even be within the combine.
The signing marks the primary notable transfer for newly-hired Angels GM Perry Minasian, and it maybe isn’t shocking that Minasian turned to a identified amount. As Nightengale factors out, Minasian labored as Atlanta’s assistant GM when the Braves picked up Schebler final summer season.