The Los Angeles Angels are looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
When looking at their roster you see two names that stand out.
That is Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani.
They are arguably the two best players in baseball, yet the Angels still have not had postseason success.
LA is still looking to improve its roster in any way it can.
One player the Angels just signed to a minor league contract was former New York Met Daniel Murphy.
According to Talkin’ Baseball, the Angels signed Murphy from the Long Island Ducks, an Independent League team.
The Angels have signed Daniel Murphy, who was playing for the Long Island Ducks, to a minor league contract, per @LIDucksGM
Murphy last played in the majors for the 2020 Rockies pic.twitter.com/zMP3Ck42xC
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) June 12, 2023
Murphy is 38 years old and last played in the Major Leagues with the Rockies during the 2020 season.
His last elite season came in 2017 when he was a member of the Washington Nationals.
That year Murphy hit .322 with 23 home runs, 93 RBIs, and a league-leading 43 doubles.
Also, it is worth mentioning that Murphy finished second in NL MVP voting in 2016.
That year he led the NL in doubles, OPS, and slugging while also batting .347.
He was a great gap-to-gap hitter and someone that opposing pitchers feared.
But Murphy has not been that hitter in some time.
Signing him to a minor league contract is a low-risk move.
They can give Murphy some at-bats in Triple-A and see if he can play his way back into the MLB.
It would be foolish to expect Murphy to provide anything substantial to the Angels.
But it is an interesting move that will be something worth monitoring.NEXT: Shohei Ohtani Is Getting Hot At The Right Time