Former All-Star Sanó invited to Angels camp after missing 2023
The Los Angeles Angels invited former All-Star slugger Miguel Sanó, who didn't play in the majors last season, to spring training.
Sanó is among over 20 non-roster players who will be part of the Angels' Cactus League roster this spring. He signed a minor-league contract with the club on Feb. 1, per MLB's transaction log.
The 30-year-old spent all of his eight major-league seasons with the Minnesota Twins and was once one of that organization's brightest young stars as well as a top power threat. Sanó hit 25 home runs four times and topped the 30-homer mark twice with the Twins, including a career-high 34 in 2019. He was an All-Star in 2017 after hitting 28 homers in only 483 plate appearances.
In 2021, his most recent full season, Sanó played in a career-high 135 games as the Twins' primary first baseman and posted a .778 OPS along with 30 home runs. Minnesota declined an option on his contract after a knee injury limited him to just 20 games in 2022.
Sanó sat out last season after failing to find a new home. He began his comeback this offseason in his native Dominican Republic, where he hit .225/.346/.405 with two homers and 13 RBIs for the winter-ball club Estrellas Orientales.
In Angels camp, he'll presumably compete for a platoon first base or DH role on their roster or a place in Triple-A Salt Lake. Brandon Drury is currently projected to open the season as the Angels' DH, while rookie Nolan Schanuel is among the front-runners to hold down first base.