ANAHEIM -- The World Series is in full swing between the Rangers and D-backs but it also means that the offseason is near with players becoming free agents the day after the conclusion of the Fall Classic.
The Angels have already been in offseason mode since early October and have been conducting their search for a new manager after declining Phil Nevin’s option for the 2024 season. But that’s just the first item on their agenda on what’s set to be a very busy offseason for the Angels, especially with two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani set for free agency.
With that in mind, here’s an offseason FAQ:
Which players are free agents?
Ohtani, Randal Grichuk, Gio Urshela, C.J. Cron and Mike Moustakas.
Are any of them likely to receive qualifying offers, and what is the deadline for that?
Ohtani will receive a qualifying offer and the deadline is five days after the conclusion of the World Series.
Which players have options?
Eduardo Escobar has a $9 million option with a $500,000 buyout and Aaron Loup has a $7.5 million option with a $2 million buyout. Neither option is expected to be picked up and the deadline is five days after the end of the World Series.
Who might be a non-tender candidate, and when does the club have to make that decision?
José Suarez is eligible for arbitration for the first time and posted an 8.29 ERA in 33 2/3 innings last season while also dealing with a left shoulder strain that kept him out of action for four months. Suarez, though, did tally a 3.86 ERA over 207 1/3 innings between 2021-22 and could be tendered a contract and possibly converted to a reliever. José Quijada is also eligible for arbitration for the first time and is coming off Tommy John surgery but is likely to be tendered a contract because he was the club’s co-closer at the time of his elbow injury and has a solid track record. The non-tender deadline is Nov. 17.