The first move by new Angels GM Billy Eppler was not exactly a huge splash. It was announced earlier today that the team had claimed Braves outfielder Todd Cunningham off waivers.
Cunningham has served as organizational depth in past seasons, making various short stints with the major league team, but spending most of his time in AAA Gwinnett. He has nice defensive ability, but he’s nothing more than a late-inning defensive replacement in this league, as he’s nothing special with the bat. His ability to play center as well as the corner outfield spots makes him a bit more valuable. However, I found that the play of Eury Perez this season made Cunningham expendable.
The Angels have one of the weaker farm systems in the MLB, so adding Cunningham gives them a little more organizational depth to work with. We wish the former second round pick the best in his future endeavors… as long as he’s not playing against the Braves.