Hunter Renfroe is no stranger to switching teams at this point in his career. He's now changed teams in four straight offseasons after being traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the Los Angeles Angels this week.
While the news may have come as a surprise to fans, Renfroe wasn't too shocked by the transaction.
Hunter Renfroe Trade
"I kind of knew I may be the odd man out," Renfroe said after the trade. The hard-hitting outfielder is expected to receive a significant salary bump in arbitration this winter and is entering his final season before free agency, so he suspected that he didn't fit into Milwaukee's long-term plans. With stars like Corbin Burnes and Brandon Woodruff also getting more expensive, the team was looking to clear some payroll space.
The Brewers may come to regret trading Renfroe, however, as he was one of the team's best hitters last year. The 30-year-old slugger ranked third on the team in both home runs (29) and RBIs (72) and was the only regular to post an OPS over .800 (.807), so it will be hard to replace his production in the lineup.
At least the constant changes of scenery haven't negatively affected Renfroe's performance on the field, as he's hit wherever he's gone. He's popped at least 25 homers in five of his last six seasons, proving that his power plays anywhere.
He now joins Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani in Los Angeles, where he'll try to help the Angels end their streak of seven straight losing seasons. Despite rostering several of the best players in baseball, Los Angeles is only tied for the 15th-best World Series odds (+4000) on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.
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