The Los Angeles Angels need to make some moves this month

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by joelapinski on Thursday 7 July 2016 at 9:29 pm

The Los Angeles Angels are in last place in the American League West right now and they have one of the worst farm systems in the show.  Only way to fix that (other than drafting and scouting better) is to make some deals this month in an effort to get younger and add to the prospect pool.  Looking at the roster, the Angels don’t have any big time players that they should be willing to deal.  Yunel Escobar, Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker and Joe Smith are likely the best trade chips the Angels have to deal.  Escobar would be of particular interest to the Indians, Giants and Royals.  I would make a deal with any of those teams tomorrow if they gave me a solid prospect for him.  Santiago and Shoemaker are going to have the same teams interested in both of them.  They are the Orioles, Red Sox, Tigers, Rangers, Royals, Mariners, Mets, Marlins, Pirates and Dodgers.  The Angels are in a good position to extract a lot for Shoemaker or Santiago, because they don’t need to trade them and starting pitching is pretty scarce on the trade market right now.  Joe Smith is a guy I would move for sure (just like Escobar).  The Tigers, Mariners and Cardinals will likely be calling about Smith and there is no reason not to find a match with one of them.  The Angels should get a decent prospect for Smith.  Injuries to a closer this month could open up an opportunity for the Angels to deal Huston Street.  The Cubs or Cardinals would be fits for him right now.  Righty reliever Fernando Salas, 2B Johnny Giavotella, catcher Geovany Soto, infielder Gregorio Petit, outfielder Daniel Nava and outfielder Shane Robinson all look like throw in type players to make a deal happen.  None of them are worth much on the trade market by themselves.  The Angels have to be aggressive this month and get some legit prospects in some deals.

The Los Angeles Angels need a real solution in left field

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 8:58 am

The Los Angeles Angels don’t want to pay the Luxury Tax and I get that.  But they can’t keep going on with the non-offensive production that they are getting out of LF.  Initially the plan was to platoon 33-year old switch-hitting Daniel Nava and 32-year old righty swinging Craig Gentry in LF.  Both have been injured a lot so far this year and neither of them has played well even when they were healthy.  Nava has played in 17 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 10 for 45 (.222 avg, .597 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 1 homer and 6 RBIs.  Gentry has played in 14 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 5 for 34 (.147 avg, .413 OPS) with 2 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  With both Nava and Gentry on the D.L., it’s 25-year old lefty swinging Rafael Ortega and 31-year old righty swinging Shane Robinson sharing LF.  Ortega has been pretty solid, but he has absolutely no power.  He has played in 18 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 19 of 66 (.288 avg, .647 OPS) with 9 runs scored, 0 homers, 6 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  Robinson has played in 10 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 3 for 12 (.250 avg, .688 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 2 RBIs.  So for the season, these four guys have combined to go 37 of 157 (.236 avg) with 20 runs scored, 1 homer, 16 RBIs and 3 stolen bases.  That just won’t cut it.

If I were running the Angels, I would call all around to see if I could find a young, cheap outfielder with a nice upside.  30-year old righty swinging Adonis Garcia of the Braves, 25-year old lefty swinging Oswaldo Arcia of the Twins and 27-year old lefty swinging Jarrett Parker of the Giants seem interesting to me.  I think the Giants would probably want too much for Parker, as he is the first guy they will call up in the need arises for an outfielder and they are a contending team….so depth like that is important.  Parker has played in 3 games for the Giants so far this year and he is 1 for 4 (.250 avg, .750 OPS).  He has now played in 24 games in his first two years with the Giants and he is 18 for 53 (.340 avg, 1.134 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 6 homers, 14 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  But, Garcia and Arcia both play for lousy teams and could be looking to make some deals.  Garcia made 7 errors at 3B, which got him sent to AAA where he is playing in the outfield.  Garcia played in 28 games for the Braves earlier this year and he was 27 of 104 (.260 avg, .626 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer and 8 RBIs.  Garcia has now played in 86 games in his first two years with the Braves and he is 80 for 295 (.271 avg, .733 OPS) with 28 runs scored, 11 homers and 34 RBIs.  Arcia has been in and out of manager Paul Molitor’s Dog House in Minnesota, but boy does he have some lightning power in his left handed bat.  Arcia has played in 24 games for the Twins so far this year and he is 17 of 80 (.213 avg, .655 OPS) with 6 runs scored, 4 homers and 12 RBIs.  Arcia has now played in 243 games in his first four years with the Twins and he is 207 of 861 (.240 avg, .733 OPS) with 92 runs scored, 42 homers, 120 RBIs and 2 stolen bases.  I would aim to acquire Arcia and start him in left field…..but if the price was too high then I would deal for Garcia.

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.

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