In a surprising turn of events, David Fletcher, long regarded as one of the Angels’ top contact hitters and fielders, mysteriously languished in the minors for an extended period. As the Angels’ season took an unexpected nosedive, questions swirled about his absence. Now, thanks to insights from Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, we can shed light on the perplexing situation.
David Fletcher, a hero from seasons past, along with the 2021 All-Star first baseman Jared Walsh, finally rejoined the major league roster late in the season, leaving many to wonder about the delay. What’s even more bewildering is the shadow of service time manipulation that seems to loom over Fletcher’s call-up, a practice all too familiar to young players in the league.
The Angels, it seems, had their own motives for keeping Fletcher in the minors. With injuries sidelining key players like Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon, the Angels’ once-promising season has taken a drastic downturn. Even a dedicated effort to accommodate Shohei Ohtani’s quest for a single playoff game appearance with the Angels ended in disappointment as he too succumbed to injury.
Now that Fletcher is back in the lineup, the Angels find themselves at a crossroads. The remainder of the season presents numerous crucial decisions for the team, decisions that could shape the future of the franchise.
That contract is precisely the reason the Angels have been able to keep Fletcher, even when they deemed his performance wasn’t worthy of staying in the majors. No team claimed him on waivers, because of the contract, and Fletcher also couldn’t reject a minor league assignment because he would have forfeited the rest of the contract. Once Fletcher reaches five years of service time, he would be able to reject a minor league assignment and become a free agent, while keeping the contract. Because there are less than three weeks left in the season, Fletcher will still be under five years of service time at the end of the season.
In the world of professional baseball, where every move is scrutinized, David Fletcher’s late-season call-up is nothing short of a sensation. The Angels’ questionable tactics have raised eyebrows across the league, and fans are eager to see how this unexpected twist will impact the team’s fortunes. Stay tuned for more updates on this unfolding story as we delve deeper into the controversy and its implications for the Halos.