Ortega, 25, got his first real audition last year for Los Angeles, but didn’t hit much at all. Over 201 plate appearances, he managed only a .232/.283/.292 batting line with a single home run and eight steals. On the positive side, Ortega struck out only 23 times against his 13 walks, but obviously he wasn’t able to translate that contact into production.
With Ortega possibly on his way out — and obviously not a major part of the team’s plans regardless — the need for a left-handed-hitting bench piece seems apparent. The switch-hitting Kaleb Cowart could take such a spot in a utility role, and Ji-Man Choi is on hand as a defensively-limited possibility, but it wouldn’t at all be surprising to see the Angels look to add a more established piece.