The Angels continued their active day as they attempt to finalize their 25-man roster.
After signing left-handed pitcher Sam Freeman and acquiring prospect Adrian Rondon earlier today, the club claimed outfielder Brian Goodwin off waivers from the Kansas City Royals. Goodwin, who split time between the Royals and Nationals last year, hit .239/.318/.390 with a 93 wRC+ and accumulated 0.6 Wins Above Replacement in 75 games.
Over the past two years, Goodwin has combined for a .246/.315/.456 line with 19 home runs and 1.1 WAR in 149 games. The 28-year-old played all three outfield positions but profiles better in a corner, which works just fine for a team with Mike Trout in center field. Goodwin looks like a perfectly serviceable short-term option who won’t kill the team for the time being.
With Justin Upton out for the foreseeable future, it looks like some combination of Goodwin, Peter Bourjos and David Fletcher will handle the duties in left field. The 25-man roster is likely to be set at some point today and Goodwin looks like a good bet to crack the roster.