May 11, 2021

The Angels pivot and go all in on All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon (The Athletic)


SAN DIEGO — The Angels and owner Arte Moreno have signaled for months that the time is now to win with Mike Trout.

In March, Moreno doled out the richest contract in baseball history to Trout — a 12-year, $426.5 million pact that committed the best player in the sport to a franchise that had promise but not quite delivered in victories. A fourth consecutive losing season ended in turnover, with Moreno and general manager Billy Eppler firing Brad Ausmus after a 72-90 campaign to bring in a manager with championship pedigree in Joe Maddon.

After each press conference, Moreno uttered: “We need some jewelry.”

That task requires big swings, including some misses. On Tuesday night, the club’s long-rumored pursuit of Gerrit Cole fell short, as the Yankees swooped in to grab the top starting pitcher on the market. But on Wednesday night, the Angels pivoted to the top position player in free agency, landing All-Star third baseman Anthony Rendon with a…

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