The Angels moved on Tuesday, designating their former top prospect for assignment. The Angels now have 10 days to trade, release or waive Wood, who flopped miserably in his chance to be full-time player last season. He finished with a .146 average in 81 games and more than twice as many strikeouts (71) as hits (33).
"He needs to go play and establish his career. We'll be proud of him when it happens," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of the move. "We all had high expectations for what he was going to do when he got his chance at the major league level but it just didn't happen. Baseball wasn't fun for Brandon last year and it wasn't fun for him right now. It needs to be fun for him again and it will be. We just don't have the development at-bats he needs at the major league level."
Scioscia said it was difficult to cut Wood loose because he's "one of our guys" -- a first-round pick in 2003 touted as the organization's top prospect for two or three years. For Wood, the news left him emotional about possibly leaving behind the only organization he has known. But he also acknowledged that a fresh start elsewhere might be the best thing for him after his struggles with the Angels.
"I think everybody in this room will say that maybe this is what I needed -- from the staff to (Scioscia) to most of the guys," Wood said. "We've got an infield hitting .600 combined. Those guys can all play. I had my chance to get it locked down last year and I didn't get it done.
"It's just tough when you've been working and thinking about nothing but being an Angel. You go to bed thinking about it. You wake up thinking about it. Even after last year, I was still thinking about how I could turn those boos to cheers. That's just not the way it worked out."
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