Angels 7/25 Question of the Day, on Trade Deadline

Any indication the Angels will sell next week? — @ChrisSexton

All indications continue to point to a relatively quiet next six days for the Angels, leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Things change really fast this time of year. Teams get desperate, sentiments change, and there’s always the possibility that the Angels are blown away by an offer.

But here’s something you can pretty much count on: They won’t be picking up any rentals, a la Zack Greinke in 2012. And they’re not really going to be “sellers,” per se, because the construction of their roster — most notably Josh Hamilton and Albert Pujols — doesn’t really allow for that. Somewhere in the middle is where I’d put them. If they can find a good deal for Scott Downs, they’ll probably take it. In August, if they don’t make progress in the standings, they can also look to trade Jason Vargas — at that point, they’d have to put him through waivers first — if he pitches well in his return from the DL.

And if there’s a deal they really like, which would allow them to turn an offensive player into controllable starting pitching, they’ll take it.

That deal hasn’t presented itself yet. And the chances of it coming this month are highly unlikely. That may have to wait until the offseason.

As one person familiar with the Angels’ thinking said recently, “I wouldn’t be surprised if they made just one minor trade.”

Alden Gonzalez

1 Comment

Angels need to trade Mark Trumbo…not because he’s bad but because he’s good and young and cheap. Also they have the worst minor league system that was made way worse with the Jean Segura trade for Zach Greinke. A lot of teams would LOVE to have Mark Trumbo for not only this season but beyond. Angels season going nowhere fast…must be proactive. Pujols and Hamilton will be albatross signings for years to come and the future is bleak unless they have have some foresight and make some phone calls.

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