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.