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On July 26, the Angels were riding high. Their 52-49 record had the Angels right back in the Wild Card race, Mike Trout was set to return from injury soon, and Shohei Ohtani looked like the runaway favorite for AL MVP, and the team made what was seen as a significant move for the playoff push, acquiring pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez.

On August 29, Trout is back on the injured list after playing just one game, Ohtani has an elbow injury that will keep him off the mound for the rest of the year, and, most surprisingly, the Angels have decided to waive both Giolito and Lopez, along with three other veteran players.

The moves came as a shock. Besides just trading for Giolito, Lopez, and Grichuk a month ago, Renfroe has appeared in 124 of the Angels’ 132 games this season, while Moore has made 40 appearances out of the bullpen.

As ESPN’s Jeff Passan notes, the players will be on waivers and can be claimed by teams on Thursday. MLB waiver rules go by reverse standings, so the teams with the fewest wins have the highest priority, although it seems more likely that the players will pass by those teams and end up on some of the higher-ranked teams who are still looking to make a playoff push.

The shocking moves had social media in a frenzy on Tuesday.

[Jeff Passan]