A relationship that ended in “business as usual” disaster…Waiver news on social media
The Los Angeles Angels’ relationship with right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito, 29, has ended in disaster.
The Angels placed Giolito, Dominic Leone, Matt Moore and Reynaldo Lopez (pitchers) and Hunter Renfroe and Randall Grichuk (outfielders) on waivers, ESPN reported on Tuesday. Placing players on waivers is the process of waiving their rights and can be interpreted as a “white flag declaration,” effectively giving up on the season.
Giolito is the center of attention. Giolito was a starting pitcher acquired by the Angels in a trade from the Chicago White Sox in late July. Expectations were high for the “new face” to lead the Angels’ starting rotation alongside Shohei Ohtani. However, after the trade, his performance plummeted to 1-5 with a 6.89 ERA. Coincidentally, the team’s performance dropped as well, and they fell away from fall baseball. After 30 days, the team is 63-70 (.474 winning percentage) and in fourth place in the American League (AL) West. Since acquiring Giolito, the Angels have won just seven games in 26 starts (19 losses).
What’s interesting is how the Angels parted ways with Giolito. According to Yahoo Sports, “Giolito learned of the news on social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter. The Angels lost 7-12 to the Philadelphia Phillies that day. “I’d say I’m surprised,” Giolito said after the game, “but at the end of the day, it’s a business, and sometimes it can be a very strange business, and you just have to take it.”
Giolito’s Major League Baseball (MLB) career record is 60-58 with a 4.35 ERA. He had back-to-back double-digit win seasons in 2021 and 2022. In 2019, he went 14-9 with a 3.41 ERA and finished sixth in the AL Cy Young Award voting. He started the season with the White Sox, going 6-6 with a 3.79 ERA. But after joining the Angels, he fell short of expectations.먹튀검증
“All players claimed on waivers are eligible to become free agents at the conclusion of the World Series,” Yahoo Sports reported.