Coming off an age-32 season that saw him suit up for two different teams and post a career-low .201 batting average, former Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton has considered retiring as a player and joining the Los Angeles Angels’ coaching staff, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday.
Eaton, who spent four seasons in Washington including the 2019 World Series run, became a free agent for the first time in his career last offseason after the Nationals declined his $10.5 million team option. The veteran outfielder then split 2021 between the Chicago White Sox and Angels, but never got going at the plate.
He left enough of an impression on the Angels for them to reach out about joining their coaching staff. The team is considering both Eaton and Mexican League skipper Benji Gil for its first base coach vacancy, per The Athletic. However, the Angels can’t meet with Eaton right now due to the ongoing lockout, a work stoppage that won’t be ending anytime soon.
It’s been over a month since the owners triggered a lockout when the Dec. 1 deadline passed with no Collective Bargaining Agreement in hand. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported Wednesday that the two sides have not met since nor have they even discussed a schedule for talks to resume. There’s no deadline for a new CBA to be reached in order to play next season, but games will start to be in jeopardy if the two sides fail to gain traction by mid-to-late February.
Even though he would have to retire before he could join Joe Maddon’s staff, Eaton is still a free agent and thus the league considers him under the umbrella of the MLBPA.