Angels acquire Hunter Renfroe, send 3 pitchers to Brewers

Angels acquire Hunter Renfroe, send 3 pitchers to Brewers

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels of Los Angeles a gardener of acquired power Hunter Renfroe in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers for three young pitchers Tuesday night.

Milwaukee got righties Johnson Junk i Elvis Pegueroand minor league lefty Adam Seminaris.

Renfroe, 30, hit .255 with 29 home runs, 72 RBI and an .807 OPS in 125 games this season, his first with the Brewers. He led major league right fielders with 11 assists and ranked 10th in the National League with a .492 slugging percentage.

Renfroe is once again arbitration eligible and is likely to get a raise after earning $7.65 million in salary this year. He can become a free agent after next season.

He joins an Angels team looking for offense to support the superstars Mike Trout i Shohei Ohtani in a maximum intensity training.

Los Angeles, whose postseason drought stretches back to 2014, has been busy in the early parts of this offseason. Acquired a veteran outfielder Gio Urshela from Twins from Minnesota and the signed starting pitcher Tyler Anderson last week.

Junk, 26, spent most of the season with Triple-A Salt Lake, but made three appearances with the Angels, including two starts. He went 1-1 with a 6.48 ERA in 8 1/3 innings.

Peguero, 25, made 13 relief appearances for the Angels this season, compiling a 6.75 ERA in 17 1/3 innings. He pitched in 38 games with Salt Lake.

Seminaris, 24, was selected by the Angels in the fifth round of the 2020 draft out of Long Beach State. He made a total of 21 starts and three relief appearances this year with High-A Tri-City, Double-A Rocket City and Triple-A Salt Lake, going 7-11 with a 3.54 ERA.

“We are excited to welcome three quality young arms to our organization, two of whom are already on the major league roster and have a chance to impact our team in 2023,” the GM said of Milwaukee, Matt Arnold. “The ability to add pitching. Depth to an already strong stable of big league arms is something we feel good about.”

Milwaukee has several outfield prospects who could fill Renfroe’s spot after playing in Triple-A this season. Garrett Mitchell, a 2020 first-round draft pick, was called up at the end of the season and had an OPS of .832 in 23 games. Sal Frelick, Esteury Ruiz and Joey Wiemer spent at least part of the season in Triple-A Nashville.

Ruiz was acquired from San Diego in the All-Star Closer deal Josh Hader right before the trade deadline.

“We are very grateful to Hunter for all of his contributions, both on and off the field,” Arnold said. “While he will certainly be missed, this is an opportunity for our exciting group of young outfielders to make an impact on our major league team in the near future.”

This report used information from The Associated Press.

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