Monday, July 29, 2013
The Halos' next move?
By Doug Mittler
The 2013 season went from bad to worse for the Los Angeles Angels, who placed Albert Pujols on the disabled list with a tear in his left foot that could sideline him for the remainder of the year.
With the Angels 13 games out of first place in the AL West and 8.5 games back in the wild card chase, the Halos are in position to sell. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports tweeted Sunday that the Angels are willing to listen on Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick "and plenty more."
Having already agreed to trade lefty reliever Scott Downs to the Atlanta Braves, it seems the Angels are certainly open to making a swap or two.
Not every potential piece is available, though, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com points out that L.A. doesn't seem motivated to deal Mark Trumbo or Peter Bourjos.
Aybar and Kendrick could be seen as quality targets, in particular, because they're both solid players who handle up-the-middle positions and are signed to reasonable contracts -- Aybar is due around $30 million through 2016, while Kendrick is signed at about $24 million through 2015.
MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez doesn’t the Halos to be very active between now and Wednesday, though, claiming general manager Jerry Dipoto could be more inclined to wait until the offseason when he could more clubs involved in the discussion.
ESPN.com's Jim Bowden has more on the Angels' future:
Jim BowdenAngels now sellers with nothing to sell
" In the big picture, shutting down Pujols is the right thing for the Angels, as he will get an opportunity to fully heal. I expect him to come back in full force in 2014, and I'd call him an early favorite for comeback player of the year. Right now, GM Jerry Dipoto is staring at a team that is 13 games out of first and he must start looking ahead to the offseason to find ways to improve his club at catcher, third base and at the back of his rotation, and to make sure that a season like this doesn't happen again."