The Angels have announced that Cactus League games for will begin on Sunday, February 28 against the San Francisco Giants. The first home game at Tempe Diablo Stadium is on March 1 against the Chicago White Sox.
Following Cactus League rules and Arizona health codes, Tempe Diablo will operate at a 25-percent capacity. Tickets will be available in pods of 2, 4, or 6, and seating will be clearly marked and socially distanced.
“Appropriate face masks will be required for all fans over two years of age, except when actively eating and drinking in ticketed seating locations. A no-bag policy will be enforced to ensure fans can have a “no-touch” check-in process when entering the stadium.” ~ Official Angels Statement
Some weekly player news:
Earlier this week the Angels announced that left-handed pitcher Dillon Peters was outrighted to Triple-A Salt Lake City after after clearing waivers.
Peters pitched in just one game for the Halos in last year’s shortened season, allowing four runs (three earned) in 1 2/3 innings. Peters was originally drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. His major league debut was in 2017.
The long-haired lefty will be invited to the team’s spring training camp after being designated for assignment last week. Peters has a 5.83 ERA in 132-2/3 career innings with Miami and Anaheim, but he appears out of room at present, after new general manager Perry Minasian’s recent additions to the staff.
On Tuesday, the Angels agreed to a minor-league deal with veteran infielder Phil Gosselin and also invited him to camp.
Originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 5th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, Gosselin played the 2019-20 seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies and slashed .255/.312/.363 with three homers and eight doubles.
The well-traveled infielder has also played with the Braves, Diamondbacks, Rangers, Reds, and Pirates. His versatility — ability to play all three infield spots as well as outfield, and be a potent bat off the bench — are a big part of Gosselin’s appeal.
On Thursday, Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported the Angels have signed outfielder Jon Jay to a minor league contract. The 36-year old Jay is expected to be invited to camp next month.
Jay adds to a crowded mix in the competition for the fourth outfielder spot as the Angels move into camp.
The Miami native played his first MLB game for the Cardinals in 2010 after a stellar minor-league career. Jay was starting center fielder for St. Louis for four consecutive seasons (2011-2014) until wrist injuries limited his effectiveness. In 2015, Jay was traded to the San Diego Padres, and has since played for the Cubs, Royals, Diamondbacks, and the White Sox.