- Jim Bowden, Baseball, Insider
Each spring training has phases, and not just the obvious ones (how many guys are playing on the big club, etc.). There are also transaction phases, and as we approach the midway point of spring training, we're looking at the time we'd see contract extensions to lock down big names or last-ditch trades to fill roster holes.
Let's get that ball rolling by laying out five moves I'd like to see happen between now and the end of spring training.
The Angels have quite the competition going on right now for the second-base starting job between Grant Green, Josh Rutledge, Johnny Giavotella, Taylor Featherston and Yarbrough. But one thing that has become obvious is none of these guys is close to filling the vacancy left by the traded Howie Kendrick, especially for a team expecting to contend for a World Series title.
Jim Bowden has three trades and two contract extensions that should happen by the end of spring training, including a remedy for the Angels' 2B hole.