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Cubs Out of Picture, Angels Have Two "Shohei's"

The Los Angeles Angels have signed another two-way player in Michael Lorenzen to pair with Shohei Ohtani. The Cubs were rumored to be interested.
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As the hot stove heats up ahead of the Dec. 1 lockout, a few teams remain active. The Angels, after acquiring Noah Syndergaard and Aaron Loup this offseason, remain active by adding RHP Michael Lorenzen on Sunday night.

I proposed the idea of the Cubs adding their own poor man's version of Shohei Ohtani in form of Lorenzen. Instead, the Angels have two players with two-way tendencies on their team.

The deal is very much a prove-it move, as the one-year pact pays Lorenzen $7 million in 2022. That said, this is his chance to prove himself as a two-way player, help the Angels make a title run, and hit a massive payday in 2023. This has the makings of "trying to do too much" while "winning the offseason". However, there is undoubtedly a chance for this to hit. If it does, the Angels' front office will look like geniuses, especially if Ohtani and Mike Trout have rings at this time next year.

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