Friday, May 17, 2013
Trades for the Halos?
By Jason A. Churchill
Yes, it's still quite early and the Los Angeles Angels aren't a club with a recent history of moving players simply to save payroll, but they are 15-26 with a negative-42 run differential and a 12-game deficit in the American League West.
With right-hander Jered Weaver out with a broken left arm but due back in the next 2-3 weeks weeks, the club should be close to full strength for several weeks before the trade deadline, giving the Angels time to turn things around and contend.
The Angels, though, are one of a few clubs in the game that don't have major parts to "sell" if they should remain several games out of a playoff spot. The only significant contracts are long-term commitments, with the exception of left-handers Jason Vargas and Scott Downs, each of whom could help a contender down the stretch.
The Angels may be more likely to look to add at the deadline, perhaps parting with right-hander Garrett Richards, outfielder Peter Bourjos or slugger Mark Trumbo in order to add more pitching.