Judging by the words of Angels GM Bill Stoneman, it seems like maybe this is the year where the team adds a major hitter at the trade deadline. The Mariners are just two games behind the Angels, and they seem likely to make a deal or two this month.
The L.A. Daily News’ Doug Padilla throws out the same names we’ve heard before: Adam Dunn, Troy Glaus, Mark Teixeira, and Jermaine Dye. The Angels really need to come up with one of those players, in my opinion. Only Teixeira and Glaus are signed past this year.
The Angels still have a stable of young players they could deal without harming the 2007 team greatly: Brandon Wood, Nick Adenhart, Erick Aybar, Sean Rodriguez, Hank Conger, Terry Evans, Ervin Santana. They could include Reggie Willits or Casey Kotchman as a centerpiece if necessary. Surely there’s some way to get a deal done. We’ve seen a lot of inactivity from Stoneman in the past; now is the time to shed that reputation.