Angels trade for veteran Guillorme as Drury, Rengifo head to IL

Sujey Luna - The Sporting Tribune
With a multitude of injuries to infielders as of late, the Angels acquired veteran Luis Guillorme from the Braves and move two others to the IL.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Angels have dealt with a lot of injuries this season that has forced an abundance of corresponding moves.

They filled one hole Thursday by trading with the Atlanta Braves for veteran Luis Guillorme, who is hitting .150 in 20 at-bats this season with three hits and three RBIs. Angels officials said the deal involves a player to be named later or cash considerations.

A plethora of moves overshadowed the Angels’ 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium.

He will provide immediate help as Luis Rengifo was added to the 10-day IL with a viral infection (he hasn’t played since May 6th so he should be eligible to return on May 16th). And and Brandon Drury left Wednesday’s game with a hamstring injury that resulted with a stint on the 10-day IL.

The Angels’ previous injuries include: Mike Trout got surgery on his meniscus, Anthony Rendon hurt his hamstring and Miguel Sano hurt his knee. They also moved Rendon to the 60-day IL.

Guillorme’s best seasons came in 2020 and 2022 for the Mets, where he boasted a .333 average with a career-high .862 OPS in 57 at-bats in 2020 and hit .273 average with 81 hits, 12 doubles, and an OPS of .695 in 297 at-bats in 2022.

Guillorme’s career OPS isn’t horrible at .695, and he really has never gotten a ton of playing time besides the 2022 season (career high in games played is 102, and next career-high is just 69 games played). Guillorme came up with the bases loaded in the 6th inning on Thursday night and drove in a run with a walk.

Angels manager Ron Washington praised Guillorme for playing after his cross- country trip.

“He’s a baseball player,” Washington said. “He’s got an opportunity to get some at bats, he just shows you it doesn’t matter.

“What he had to go through today, you have to go through in the minors, traveling from place to place”

Paris gets call-up

Kyren Paris isn’t having the best year at AA Rocket City, hitting .091 with an OPS of .328 and a 6 WRC+ in 92 plate appearances. Despite the start in AA, he’s their top-rated 2B/SS prospect in the farm system and at 22 years old and was called up Thursday.

Paris saw some time in the bigs late last season, hitting .100 while going 4 for 40. In pinch-hitting Thursday night, Paris popped out to shallow left field.

Angels claim Goodrum

The Angels also claimed former Tampa Bay Rays infielder Niko Goodrum off waivers Thursday. Goodrum is hitting .188, going 3 for 18 this season.

Drury, Rengifo to be missed

Drury was great for the Angels in 2023, hitting .262 with 26 home-runs, 83 RBIs, and boasting an OPS of .803 in 485 at-bats. However, he has struggled this season, hitting .173 with one home-run, 6 RBIs and a .470 OPS.

Rengifo is a bigger loss as he’s been one of the constants in lineup that hasn’t had much production since Rendon and Trout were injured. Rengifo was hitting .333 with two home runs, nine stolen bases, 11 RBIs and an .840 OPS in 91 at-bats.

He is eligible to return May 16.

“We miss him,” Washington said. “He’s been playing great. We miss Mike. We miss Rendon. We miss Sano.

“Guys have to step up and we know that.”

play the Royals in the second game of the series on Friday with Griffin Canning set to pitch against Alec Marsh. First pitch is scheduled for 6:38 PM PST.

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