The Los Angeles Angels need to make a deal and they can’t afford to wait around

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Monday 19 July 2010 at 3:59 pm

The Angels will likely have to beat out the Rangers if they want to make the playoffs. That means it’s time to ante’ up or get out of the game. With that in mind I would be calling the Cubs and offering them 1B Mark Trumbo, OF Chris Pettit and righty relievers Kevin Jepsen and Francisco Rodriguez for 1B Derek Lee and 2B/3B Jeff Baker. I would then stick Lee and Baker (at 3B) right into the starting lineup. I would then flip catcher Bobby Wilson to the Pirates for lefty reliever Javier Lopez to give them a situational lefty. Getting Lee, Baker and Lopez would make the Angels a much better team for the rest of the season but the price would be high.

The Los Angeles Angels need to improve at the infield corners to catch the Rangers

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,If I Were GM,Trade Rumors by chinmusic on Tuesday 6 July 2010 at 1:28 pm

The Los Angeles Angels are 46-39 on the season which has them 3.5 games behind the Rangers in the A.L. West. The Angels should be aggressive in their pursuit of a 1B and 3B in the trade market. Of the 1B likely available Jorge Cantu, Prince Fielder, Derek Lee, Lance Berkman and Adam LaRoche make the most sense. Lyle Overbay, Ty Wigginton and Casey Kotchman are likely fallback options at 1B. Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Ty Wigginton, Miguel Tejada, Jose Lopez, Jorge Cantu, Pedro Feliz and Akinori Iwamura all made sense at 3B in verying degrees. As far as the lefty out of the pen it seems as if Scott Downs, Will Ohman, Rafael Perez, Jerry Blevins, Doug Slaten, Tim Byrdak and Javier Lopez look like possible targets. If the Blue Jays fall any further behind I would attempt to make a huge deal with them involving Jose Bautista, Lyle Overbay and Scott Downs.

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