The Los Angeles Angels have had an embarrassing couple of weeks. Frankly, the past several years having gone by with Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout and still not making the playoffs is embarrassing, but this latest move might take the cake. The Angels are placing five key players on waivers just weeks after going all in at the Trade Deadline and the Brewers could look to take advantage.
It was announced on Tuesday that the Angels were placing several players on waivers: Deadline acquisitions Randal Grichuk, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez, as well as Matt Moore and former Brewer Hunter Renfroe.
They made this move now so another team can claim these players prior to September 1st, making them still eligible for the postseason. A waiver claim takes the remaining salaries completely off the Angels books, which could get them under the luxury lax.
These five players are all very interesting and could help teams in the playoff hunt, but who gets who is determined by the waiver order and the Brewers are far down the line.
There is one player from this group of Angels on waivers that the Milwaukee Brewers should put in a claim for and that's lefty reliever Matt Moore.
The Brewers don't need another outfielder after the addition of Mark Canha. Grichuk has been okay but is a poor defender, and the Brewers already had Renfroe and traded him away. I guess the Brewers are the clear winner of that trade now, by the way.
The player that intrigues me the most for the Brewers is left handed reliever Matt Moore. Moore has been really good this year, posting a 2.30 ERA in 40 appearances with a solid 9.8 K/9 and a 2.5 BB/9. He has a 1.7 bWAR this year, which is quite high for a non-closer reliever.
Ever since going to the bullpen full time last year, Moore has been dynamite for the Rangers and now the Angels. He would be worth putting in a waiver claim for.
Moore is on a one year, $7.55MM contract and is a free agent at the end of the year. The Brewers would only be on the hook for about $1.2MM of that if they get him.
The Brewers have struggled to find a second reliable left handed relief option this year behind Hoby Milner. Andrew Chafin was brought in to be that guy after Justin Wilson got re-injured, but he's struggled since coming over from the Diamondbacks at the Trade Deadline. Bennett Sousa was just lost on waivers to Detroit, another lefty who couldn't be trusted, which opens a 40 man spot to add someone like Moore.
Moore's veteran experience and overall success as a reliever should make him an easy target for the Brewers front office. However, quality left handed relievers are always in high demand and there will be other teams that will put in a claim for Moore.
The Brewers are either 23rd or 24th in the waiver order (they have the same record as the Rangers), which means there are a lot of teams that have to pass on Moore in order for the Brewers to be awarded the claim. It's not impossible for that to happen, but it could be categorized as unlikely. Still, it's worth putting in a claim, just in case he falls into Milwaukee's laps.