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Trading partner: Los Angeles Angels


The Angels won't go quietly, not with Moreno still owning the team. Artie isn't known for his patience, and they may be getting impatient with Joyce and C.J. Cron before the Astros get too far ahead. Good fits for Parra and Lind.

 

Angels get Parra and Lind.

 

I highly doubt that would get Newcomb back, but could it get Kyle Kubitza, a LH-hitting 3B with high OBP (and high K's), and Joe Gatto, a 19-year-old RHP who was their 2nd round pick last year? If not, perhaps Gatto plus Taylor Featherston, who was purchased from the Cubs after plucking him in the Rule 5 draft, and maybe another lower-level prospect such as Hunter Green. Featherston could be a short-term solution at 3B while they have a few down years, giving them time to find a higher-upside prospect there.

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Heck, if I was Moreno, I'd be getting impatient with the roidless Poo Holes who seems to be a low .700s OPS guy at this point of his career.

 

I realize that one cannot expect a huge return in these deals, but how is Featherston's defense? I ask because I'm not enamored with his hitting potential going forward. He OPSed .760 in AA last year and he's already 25 years old. I agree with the rest of your post but I'd ask for something younger that is more boom/bust instead of Featherston in this deal. He seems like "nice RH utility hitter" like maybe a Gordon Beckham-type production.

 

They do have Heaney waiting in the wings and their starters have righted the ship, but I still contend they have some use for Lohse. I'm still not trusting the recent Weaver recovery and Santiago/Wilson are not going to sustain this. Shoemaker is a HR machine and might get demoted soon.

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Featherston would be a nice right handed side of the platoon if Scooter was still on this team. Difficult to say how he would fit on the team now because I don't really know their long term plans for Segura, Sardinas, Scooter, Hector Gomez or even Rivera. Would rather the Brewers acquire a real 3B in one of the trades they make.
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How about targeting 3B Kaleb Cowart as a possibility. Switch hitter that has had plenty of ups and downs in the Angels system. From one of their top prospect, to a couple of down years at the AA level, to being sent to A-ball to start this year with newly acquire Kyle Kubitza blocking him.

 

Cowart was recently moved to AAA (with Kubitza call to the majors) and he has responded with a hot first week in Salt Lake City to the tune of .370 OBP and slugging .760. Has the demotion to A-ball lit a fire under him?

 

Is Lind (to play DH) or Parra (to play LF) worth a chance to see if he has figured it out?

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I wish the Angels actually had a prospect that I liked to trade Gomez for as I believe the Angels would be a fit for Gomez.

 

Newcomb would be a solid guy to get. Though that may require some nice secondary pieces which I don't think the Angels have. Their farm system isn't too impressive past their top 3.

 

Not sure his value will be all that "elite" the way he has been going this season. Average hitting and constant injuries. Seems more likely they hold on to Gomez till the off-season.

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I would be 100% thrilled to get Newcomb in any deal, 2 team, 3 team, whatever... I wanted him so badly on draft day last year... that's all I'm going to say.

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Lind has definitely been linked via some articles.

 

This was posted today on MLBTraderumors.com

 

Angels Looking To Trade For Hitting

By Mark Polishuk [June 28, 2015 at 10:51pm CDT]

The Angels are in the market for a big bat and have inquired about several players with other teams, FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports (Twitter link). The best fit, as Morosi notes, would be a left-handed hitter with a good OBP and who has the ability to play left field or designated hitter.

 

The Halos entered today’s action with unimpressive rankings in most of the major offensive categories, runs scored (22nd), on-base percentage (23rd) and OPS (23rd). The Angels have a cumulative wRC+ of 95, meaning that despite monster seasons from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, the club is still creating five percent fewer runs than the league average. Aside from Trout and Pujols, David Freese‘s modest 102 wRC+ represents the only other above-average wRC+ for any Angels regular.

 

Left-handed bats such as Ben Revere and Adam Lind have been linked to Anaheim in trade rumors already. Lind would certainly fit as a DH/1B who punishes right-handed pitching, while Revere is hitting .293/.330/.383 over 306 PA for the Phillies and brings some speed and left field defensive value. The Angels may be offering pitching in the form of C.J. Wilson or some of their second-tier pitching prospects.

 

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2015/06/angels-looking-to-trade-for-hitting.html

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Depending on what their plans are next season, I'd take Wilson on his last year of the contract if they tossed in $6-8 million with it.
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Cowart doesn't excite me, certainly not for Lind, maybe for Parra. They are going to give Perez a look and have Dominguez behind him. What Cowart does in Salt Lake City has to be taken in context like the Colorado Springs stats.

 

Newcomb would really excite me too but I doubt Lind is enough to get him. Could Lind get Tropeano perhaps? He's not in the elite status like an Andrew Heaney or even maybe Newcomb, but he's a good solid major league ready starter prospect.

 

As for Wilson, if they could get the Angels to take Garza in the deal (granted a big if), then why not? He's better than Garza. He's a lefty, and though he's scheduled to earn $20 million next year, if he's pitching well in 2016, they'll be able to move him next July.

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Wilson is 34; I'd bet on Garza bouncing back before I'd bet on him returning to 2013 form.

 

This is why trades haven't been made yet - teams are still posturing, with buyers saying they will only give up 2nd-tier prospects and sellers saying that they will only move guys for big returns. It's Negotiating 101.

 

Hard to believe that TheCrew and I agree on something but I really wanted Newcomb last year too. Perhaps the Brewers can throw in one or two of their starting pitching prospects (a Tyler or a Taylor) with Lind and Parra to be able to upgrade to Newcomb.

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Wilson is 34; I'd bet on Garza bouncing back before I'd bet on him returning to 2013 form.

 

This is why trades haven't been made yet - teams are still posturing, with buyers saying they will only give up 2nd-tier prospects and sellers saying that they will only move guys for big returns. It's Negotiating 101.

 

Hard to believe that TheCrew and I agree on something but I really wanted Newcomb last year too. Perhaps the Brewers can throw in one or two of their starting pitching prospects (a Tyler or a Taylor) with Lind and Parra to be able to upgrade to Newcomb.

 

Wilson's 2015 form is a 3.92 ERA in the AL and 1.183 WHIP. You bet that Garza will bounce back to those numbers? I'll take that one. Wilson's age is irrelevant in that he's only under contract through next year and he has less remaining on his deal than Garza does.

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Well, yeah, Garza did better than that last year and while he pitches in the NL he also pitches roughly half of his games in a hitter/HR-friendly ballpark in one of if not the toughest division in baseball. Wilson, while in the AL and having to face a DH most games, plays for a team in one of the weaker divisions in baseball in a more pitcher-friendly ballpark (SEA and OAK are also very pitcher-friendly). Wilson will be 35 next year, and I trust a 32-year-old to rebound more than I trust a 35-year old to maintain. I also think a 32/33 y/o Garza has the ability to bring a lot more back in trade in terms of prospects than a 35 y/o Wilson.
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With winning 8 of their last 10, Angels are now within 1.5 games of Houston and also lead the Wild Card. All of this with the following numbers from a couple of spots...

 

LF Matt Joyce avg/obp/ops = .195/.287/.613

C Chris Iannetta = .194/.311/.608

 

Do the Angels have enough for a Parra + Lucroy blockbuster?

 

Assuming Heaney would be a tough get with the numbers he is putting up in the MLB rotation, but could something be built around #2 prospect Sean Newcomb (moved up to #37 on Baseball America midseason top 50)?

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With winning 8 of their last 10, Angels are now within 1.5 games of Houston and also lead the Wild Card. All of this with the following numbers from a couple of spots...

 

LF Matt Joyce avg/obp/ops = .195/.287/.613

C Chris Iannetta = .194/.311/.608

 

Do the Angels have enough for a Parra + Lucroy blockbuster?

 

Assuming Heaney would be a tough get with the numbers he is putting up in the MLB rotation, but could something be built around #2 prospect Sean Newcomb (moved up to #37 on Baseball America midseason top 50)?

 

If we're trading Lucroy, I would want to work with someone with a better system than LAA. I don't think they have the pieces.

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