Angels waive Gaetti, will activate Gruber American League

June 04, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

ANAHEIM, CALIF — ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The California Angels finally admitted a multimillion-dollar mistake yesterday, requesting waivers on Gary Gaetti to make room on the roster for Kelly Gruber.

The move was hardly a surprise, and the only question in recent days was about the Angels' willingness to eat the remaining $5 million of Gaetti's contract.

Manager Buck Rodgers and club Vice President Whitey Herzog made it clear this week that they were in favor of releasing Gaetti, who was batting .180 with four RBI in 20 games. Owners Gene and Jackie Autry had the final decision, though.

In the end, the Angels had little use for Gaetti, what with Gruber coming off the 60-day disabled list today and ready to move into a starter's role at third base, and rookie J. T. Snow firmly entrenched at first.

"I regret it had to come to this, but while there is disappointment, there are many more pleasant memories," said Gaetti, 34. "I want to say thank you to Gene and Jackie Autry."

A two-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glove Award winner, Gaetti made little impact in his Angels career. Last season, he hit .226 with 12 homers and 48 RBI in 130 games

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