ANAHEIM — The Angels have reportedly shipped out the second of their three most attractive impending free agents, with just one day left before the trading deadline.
The Angels have agreed to send Jason Castro the Padres, according to multiple reports. It was unclear yet who the Angels would get back, although the return isn’t likely to be significant because Castro is a one-month rental.
On Friday, the Angels traded Tommy La Stella to the Oakland A’s for Franklin Barreto.
Andrelton Simmons, who is also a free agent at the end of the season, has also been mentioned in trade rumors.
Castro, who signed a one-year, $6.85-million deal with the Angels, is hitting .192 with a .707 OPS, which is slightly above average for a catcher this season.
Castro had been in the Angels lineup for Sunday’s game, but he was scratched shortly before first pitch as trade talks intensified.
Without Castro, the Angels are left with Anthony Bemboom as their catcher. They also have Jose Briceño in their 60-player pool and working out in Long Beach. Presumably Briceño would join Bemboom as the two catchers until Max Stassi is about to return.
Stassi is currently out with a bruised knee and a strained quad. There is no timetable for Stassi’s return, but Manager Joe Maddon said Stassi is making progress.
The initial timetable was two or three weeks, and Stassi was hurt a week and a half ago.
“Talking to Max himself, he’s kind of smiling more easily and he’s feeling good about it,” Maddon said “The same with the trainers. All I could say is that he’s not going to take as long as they originally thought. But I still don’t know what that number is going to be yet.”