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Cunningham to Angels

Jacksonville product claimed off waivers, sending him to a new team and new league, but he’s excited about the opportunity



By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Todd Cunningham is headed to a new team and a new league, and with it brings a whirlwind of emotions.

The LA Angels of Anaheim claimed Cunningham on waivers Friday from the Atlanta Braves.

The 26-year-old switch-hitting outfielder and Jacksonville product hit .223 with a .277 on-base percentage in 101 plate appearances in the majors in 2013 and 2015.

He has been with the Braves organization from the day he was drafted in the second round. He has played all three outfield positions.

“At this point there isn’t much to say,” Cunningham told East Alabama Sports Today. “It was brief and quick, but won’t sink in until I head out to Arizona for spring training.

“It is definitely new and exciting and a great opportunity, but above all it’s a new family of baseball. It’ll be a little sad leaving the team I’ve played for my whole career so far and grew up watching, but life is change. I can’t wait to dress out in red.”

It was thought this might be the year Cunningham would stick with the Braves given their offseason moves in the outfield, but he split time between AAA and the parent club.

The Orange County Register reported Cunningham is out of options, but the Angels could still keep him if they can slip him through waivers.

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