The Angels have designated Marc Krauss for assignment, tweets Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. The first baseman/outfielder had options remaining, Fletcher notes, but the team needed a 40-man roster spot for Alfredo Marte, whose contract was selected today. It was previously expected that Krauss would be optioned to Triple-A following the team’s acquisition of Kirk Nieuwenhuis from the Mets.
Krauss, 27, appeared in 11 games for the Halos this season, batting .143/.211/.286 with a homer and two doubles. A former second-round pick, Krauss has been up and down with the Astros and Angels over the past two seasons, totaling a .603 OPS. Krauss has struck out in 28 percent of his plate appearances, but he’s shown some decent home run pop in that time, belting 11 homers in 392 plate appearances. He also has a strong track record at Triple-A, where he’s batted .267/.376/.434 in parts of four seasons.
Angels add two new outfielder to the roster and Matt Joyce (owner of the lowest WAR in all of baseball -1.1) still starts in LF. Neither Marter or Nieuwenhuis is expected to be a star but just having a league average defender in LF would be an improvement at this point.
He still starts because in his last 10 games he is hitting .276 with a .930 OPS. For the entire month of May, he has a solid .715 OPS.
I know the Tigers wont do it, but Krause would be a nice bench option over Hernan Perez. They could use a lefty bat with some power, who could spell Miggy when necessary or JD when needed. The Lineup on Sunday with Perez at 1B for Miggy was laughable.
What would it take for the Halos to net Carlos Santana?
It likely wouldn’t be a deal worth making for either side, but especially the Angels.
To get Carlos Santana would take the workings of a Black Magic Woman.