The Angels made several moves to clear space from their 40-man roster on Friday, including the decision to outright veteran reliever Cam Bedrosian, who elected free agency. Additionally, catcher José Briceño and infielder Elliot Soto were outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake, reliever Justin Anderson was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and reliever Jacob Barnes was claimed off waivers by the Mets.
It leaves the Angels with 36 players on their 40-man roster, as shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right-hander Julio Teheran both became free agents on Wednesday. The club doesn’t have any players with an option for 2021, and it isn't going to extend a qualifying offer to either Simmons or Teheran.
Bedrosian was one of 12 Angels set to be eligible for arbitration this offseason, joining two-way star Shohei Ohtani, right-hander Dylan Bundy, left-hander Andrew Heaney, catcher Max Stassi and relievers Matt Andriese, Mike Mayers, Keynan Middleton, Felix Peña, Noé Ramirez, Hansel Robles and Anderson.
But the Angels decided to part ways with Bedrosian, who posted a 3.70 ERA in parts of seven seasons with the club, including a 2.45 ERA in 14 2/3 innings in 2020. Bedrosian has been effective with a combined 3.08 ERA over the last two seasons, but he dealt with injuries both years and was due for a raise after earning a $2.8 million salary in '20.
The club will have several difficult decisions to make on which arbitration-eligible players will be tendered contracts this offseason. The deadline to make those decisions is Dec 2.
Anderson underwent Tommy John surgery in July that is expected to keep him out of action until late in the 2021 season. The club could look to non-tender him as a result.
Other non-tender candidates include Robles, Andriese, Middleton and Ramirez, with Robles the most likely to be non-tendered after a disappointing 2020 season. Andriese and Ramirez were both mostly solid and would be due for raises in arbitration, while Middleton struggled. Mayers is the lone lock in the bullpen to be tendered a contract.