Mike Moustakas will receive his paycheck courtesy of the Cincinnati Reds, but it will not longer be sent to Denver, Colorado.
The former Reds infielder is on the move once again. After signing with the Colorado Rockies during the offseason, according to FanSided's Robert Murray, Moustakas was traded to the Los Angeles Angels.
Moustakas signed a four-year/$64-million contract with Cincinnati prior to the 2020 season, but after three years of underperformance, the Reds released the left-handed hitter despite the fact they still owed him $22-million.
LA Angels trade for former Reds infielder Mike Moustakas.
Given all the injuries the Los Angeles Angels have endured over the past couple of weeks, it's mildly surprising they didn't attempt to swing a trade with the Cincinnati Reds for their hot-hitting shortstop Kevin Newman.
The Halos have seen Gio Urshela, Zach Neto, and Anthony Rendon all the injured list recently, and Urshela will miss the remainder of the 2023 after fracturing his pelvis.
Mike Moustakas had been used to backup Colorado infielders C.J. Cron and Ryan McMahon. In fact, Moose had some trouble fielding his position earlier this week when the Rockies were swept by the Reds at Great American Ball Park.
Adding Moustakas, along with former New York Mets infielder, Eduardo Escobar is a signal that the Angels' front office is doing everything they can in order to get the team to the playoffs in what may be Shohei Ohtani's final season in Los Angeles. Ohtani will become a free agent after this season.
Moustakas appeared in just 184 games with the Reds during his three years in the Queen City and hit just .216/.300/.383. But this season has been a bit of bounce-back from the former World Series champion, as Moose is slashing .270/.360/.435 with four home runs.
The Cincinnati Reds will pay Mike Moustakas yet another visit later this season. The Redlegs visit the Halos in late-August, and both ball clubs will surely be trying to make a playoff push.