The relationship between right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito (29) and the Los Angeles Angels ended in catastrophe.
ESPN, an American sports channel, reported on the 30th (Korean time) that the Angels team had Giolito, Dominic Leone, Matt Moore, Reynaldo Lopez (above pitcher) Hunter Renfro and Randall Grichick (above outfielder) treated as waivers. Announcement as a waiver is a procedure for giving up the rights of players, and can be interpreted as a ‘white flag declaration’ that effectively gave up the season.
Giolito is the focus of attention. Giolito is a starting resource acquired by the Angels in a trade from the Chicago White Sox at the end of last July. Expectations were high for him as a ‘new face’ to lead the Angels’ starting lineup along with Shohei Ohtani. However, after the transfer, his performance plummeted to 1 win 5 losses with an ERA of 6.89. Unfortunately, the team’s performance also declined, and they moved away from fall baseball. As of the 30th, with 63 wins and 70 losses (0.474 win rate), it is ranked 4th in the American League (AL) Western Division. After recruiting Giolito, the Angels only collected 7 wins (19 losses) in 26 games.스포츠토토
What’s interesting is how the Angels broke up with Giolito. Yahoo Sports in the US reported that “Giolito came across this news on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter.” The Angels lost to the Philadelphia Phillies, 7-12. “I’d like to say I’m surprised,” said Giolito after the game. “At the end of the day, it’s a business. Sometimes it can be a very strange business, but you just have to accept it.”
Giolito’s career record in the major leagues (MLB) is 60-58 with an ERA of 4.35. He achieved double-digit wins for two consecutive years in 2021 and 2022. In 2019, he was 14-9 with a 3.41 earned run average, and was also named sixth in the AL Cy Young Video Poll. Earlier this season, he was 6-6 with a 3.79 earned run average with the White Sox. However, he fell short of his expectations after transferring to the Angels.
Yahoo Sports said, “All players who have been announced as waivers can become free agents (FA) after the World Series.”