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The Los Angeles Angels won’t like be making a big trade at the deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by joelapinski on Thursday 18 July 2013 at 12:07 pm

The Los Angeles Angels aren’t going to be sellers, as they just spent way too much money this year to give up.  But, I don’t see them making any major trades either.  I think they could use a good backup infielder and some relief help.  I would call the Mets and offer them Luis Jimenez and Michael Roth for infielder Justin Turner and righty relievers LaTroy Hawkins and David Aardsma.  The Mets would likely jump at that kind of deal.  Turner would help the Angels’ bench and Hawkins and Aardsma would really help the pen in the second half of the 2013 season.

The Los Angeles Angels are going to likely be cautious buyers before the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by joelapinski on Monday 24 June 2013 at 10:50 am

The Los Angeles Angels have a lot of money invested in the team right now, so they are going to have to be buyers next month.  The Angels are 33-43 (43.4%) on the season, which has them in 4th place in the A.L. West, 11 games behind the Rangers and 9 games out of the Wild Card.  I see the Angels going after the low lying fruit in the trade market rather than going for a high profile name.  I have a feeling that the Angels, despite a need in the starting rotation, will focus on relievers.  Jesse Crain might be the top target for them as he could close for the Angels, but he wouldn’t come cheaply.  The White Sox would likely want a package centered around Luis Jimenez and Garrett Richards for Crain.  I think I would aim lower than that.  Louis Coleman (Royals), Jared Burton (Twins), Josh Roenicke (Twins), Matt Lindstrom (White Sox), Latroy Hawkins (Mets), Brandon Lyon (Mets), Chad Qualls (Marlins) and John Axford (Brewers).

The Los Angeles Angels are trying to add a big time starting pitcher

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by chinmusic on Friday 27 July 2012 at 11:03 am

The Los Angeles Angels are focused in trading for another ace type starting pitcher before the July 31st trade deadline. Zack Greinke, Josh Johnson and James Shields are the top targets for the Angels, and they have the young players and prospects to make a deal happen. I think the Angels are going to get one of those three guys. If they miss out on them, look for them to turn their attention to Francisco Liriano, Paul Maholm or Ryan Dempster. Make no mistake though, the Angels are going to be really busy at the trade deadline.

The Los Angeles Angels only really have one need right now moving forward

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by chinmusic on Thursday 28 June 2012 at 1:10 pm

As of right now, the Angels are 42-33, which has them in second place in the A.L. West….4.5 games behind the Texas Rangers. Looking at the roster, the only really upgrade I see the Angels needing is at 3B. No big time 3B are on the free agent market, so I could see them making a small deal for a righty swinger to platoon with lefty swinging Alberto Callaspo at the hot corner. Brandon Inge and Chris Johnson would likely cost the most of the available 3B. If the Angels want to aim lower, they could bring back Chone Figgins or deal for Danny Valencia or Jeff Baker. I like the idea of Valencia or Baker, as they wouldn’t cost much while providing some thump against lefty pitching on the cheap.

The Los Angeles Angels should be calling the Tampa Bay Rays

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 May 2012 at 10:21 am

With 3B Evan Longoria and Jeff Keppinger on the D.L., the Angels should be calling up the Rays about a deal. Alberto Callaspo would be a really good fit for the Rays, and righty reliever Brandon Gomes would be a good fit with the Angels…who still need more help in the bullpen. This would be a good deal for the Angels, because it would open up 3B for Mark Trumbo. If Trumbo can’t handle the job, the Angels would still have Maicer Izturis, who is just as good of a player as Callaspo is. Call the Rays already.

The Los Angeles Angels need to make a big splash in free agency

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by chinmusic on Tuesday 22 November 2011 at 10:13 am

The Los Angeles Angels are talking to C.J. Wilson right now, but the starting rotation is one of the strengths of the team right now. They need to get more thump out of 3B and they need to get some offense out of the catcher position in 2012. With that in mind, here is how I would spend owner Arte Moreno’s money:

1. Aramis Ramirez - The Angels need to get some power out of 3B and Ramirez is by far the best player on the free agent market. Alberto Callaspo did a decent job last year, but 3B is a power position.

2. Ramon Hernandez - The Angels were essentially a National League style team last year as their catchers hit like pitchers last year. Hernandez is a solid .270 hitter who can whack 10-15 homers in a season.

3. LaTroy Hawkins - LaTroy Hawkins would essentially replace Fernando Rodney in the Angels’ bullpen and that would be a nice upgrade.

I don’t see the Los Angeles Angels making any big moves at the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM, Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Monday 25 July 2011 at 8:19 am

I just don’t see the Angels making any big changes this week. They could use a power hitting 3B, a righty reliever and a backup outfielder. The 3B that are likely available (Ty Wigginton, Edwin Encarnacion, Chone Figgins, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Casey Blake and Juan Uribe) don’t offer much of an upgrade over Alberto Callaspo. Wigginton is the best of that group but he won’t come too cheap as a lot of teams are going to be in on him. The Angels will likely be after Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Octavio Dotel, Jason Frasor, Grant Balfour, Koji Uehara, Kerry Wood, Rafael Betancourt, Matt Lindstrom, Matt Guerrier and maybe even Mike Adams. They only really need one of them, so they might be able to improve the bullpen before August 1st. The Angels also should be able to get one of these backup outfielders (Felix Pie, Scott Hairston, Jason Michaels, Chris Denorfia, Corey Patterson, Ryan Sweeney, Reed Johnson or Willie Harris) by next weekend. The Angels might be a better team on August 1st with only minor tinkering to the roster.

The Los Angeles Angels should get creative in the trade market

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by chinmusic on Sunday 3 July 2011 at 9:08 pm

The Angels need a spark on offense and I think I have a solid solution. The Mariners just can’t figure out how to get Chone Figgins going and he’s rotting away on the bench for them. With that in mind, I think the Angels should offer 3B Alberto Callaspo, catcher Bobby Wilson and outfielder Reggie Willits to the Mariners for Chone Figgins and cash. I think a return to the Angels would give Figgins the spark needed to get his career back on the right path. I wouldn’t stop there though. I would call up the Blue Jays and offer them righty reliever Kevin Jepsen, Trevor Bell, Bobby Cassevah, Ysmail Carmona and IF/OF Alexi Amarista for outfielder Corey Patterson and righty relievers Jon Rauch and Octavio Dotel. Those moves would tighten up the bullpen and the bench, and if Chone Figgins gets back to the player he was earlier in his career with the Angels…..3B.

The Los Angeles Angels will probably be buyers at the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by chinmusic on Friday 17 June 2011 at 6:49 am

Angels’ owner Arte Moreno has deep pockets so don’t be surprised to see the Angels trying to make big moves at the trade deadline to improve the roster. I think the Angels are going to try to take advantage of the Mets’ money situation and try to make a play for 3B David Wright if he proves he’s healthy in July when he comes off the D.L. I also think the Angels could use some righty relief help and I think they will be placing calls to the Nationals (about Todd Coffey), the Cubs (about Kerry Wood), the Orioles (about Koji Uehara) and the Blue Jays (about Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Jason Frasor and Octavio Dotel). The Angels have spent too much money on payroll to give up on the year and be sellers at the trade deadline.

The Los Angeles Angels have two free agents heading into this winter

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, If I Were GM by chinmusic on Saturday 23 October 2010 at 10:46 am

The Angels only have two free agents heading into this winter so I see them being very active. Here is a look at what I would do with the three free agents the Angels do have:

Hideki Matsui: 36-year old lefty swinging DH/OF Hideki Matsui played in 145 games for the Angels last season and he was 132 of 482 (.274 avg, .820 OPS) with 55 runs scored, 21 homers and 84 RBIs. VERDICT: Despite Matsui having a decent year I look for the Angels to go after a big time hitter for either the outfield or DH.

Scot Shields: 35-year old righty reliever Scot Shields had troubles coming back from knee surgery last year. Shields pitched in 43 games (1 start) for the Angels last season and he was 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP. VERDICT: I would let him walk.

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