Mike Trout Unlikely To Be Traded

Angels prospect Mike Trout reached base in all four of his at-bats at this year's All-Star Futures Game, twice on hits, and twice after "forcing errors on sharply struck grounders," to quote MLB.com's Lyle Spencer.  It was yet another impressive performance for the 18-year-old Trout, and one that reiterates his value to the Los Angeles organization.  This is why Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweets that any potential deal of Trout for a proven major leaguer seems highly unlikely.

It shouldn't necessarily come as a surprise that the Halos are hesitant to deal their first-round pick (25th overall) from the 2009 amateur draft.  After all, Trout has a .358/.440/.509 line in 579 plate appearances for the Angels' rookie ball and single-A affiliates, plus 58 steals in 69 attempts and a good center field glove.  Baseball America's John Manuel ranks Trout second amongst all minor leaguers on BA's list of the top 25 midseason prospects

So while holding onto Trout bodes well for LAA's future, it might also curb their ability to acquire a big hitter at this season's trade deadline.  Players like Prince Fielder or Adam Dunn who have been rumored to be on the Angels' radar could almost certainly be had for a trade package that included Trout.  But since Trout seems to be untouchable, Los Angeles probably doesn't have the necessary minor league talent to attract a superstar big bat.  Hank Conger and Peter Bourjos were both ranked on BA's preseason top 100 prospects list, and Luis Jimenez also played well in the Futures Game, but overall, the Angels' system lacks depth.  The 2010 Baseball America Handbook ranked the Angels' minor-league system as 25th among all major league teams, the same spot that they finished in the 2009 ranking.

Dealing prospects at this point would only serve to weaken an already-thin system, so as we approach the deadline, it's most likely that we see the Angels make a "plan B" style move for some bench help.  For example, Hank Blalock's name has already been mentioned in connection with the Halos, and Mark Saxon of ESPNLosAngeles speculates that Russell Branyan could be made available now that Seattle has Justin Smoak at first base.


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68 Comments on "Mike Trout Unlikely To Be Traded"


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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

Official quote: “Bill Bavasi hasn’t had an office here in a long time.”

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bigpat
4 years 11 months ago

They could probably trade some pocket lint for Adam LaRoche if they want a 1B. Not sure who else is out there, but I figure he’d be sold for cheap since they are struggling and have Brandon Allen waiting in the wings. He’s not great but he has some pop and is known to get hot in the second half.

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garettf
4 years 11 months ago

Trout isn’t the type of talent that you trade. Not only is he fast, have a good glove, and can/will hit for power (set NJ record for HRs in HS for one season), he’s also a dedicated kid.

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nathanalext
4 years 11 months ago

Wouldn’t it be funny if two of the greatest Angels of all time would be a Salmon and a Trout?

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4 years 11 months ago

You’re just fishing for jokes.

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BK
4 years 11 months ago

Yes!

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4 years 11 months ago

And yet, you took the bait.

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4 years 11 months ago

A bunch of anti Angel crap if I ever read one. The Angels have a great minor league league system. One that possesses Conger, Bourjos, Trumbo Moore, Chatwood, Reckling, Jimenez, Corbin, Trout, Grichuk, Martinez-Mesa, Richards and Skaggs. Fan boy East Coasters will do anything they can to try a degrade their rival. The fact of the matter is, every name I just listed will be a major leaguer, say that about any other system. On top of which, the current regime produced through their “weak minor league system” Mike Napoli, Kendry Morales, Howie Kendrick, Erick Aybar, Chone Figgins, Alberto Callaspo, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders…..

Yup Angels are so weak.

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4 years 11 months ago

Oh and Jered Weaver and Kevin Jepsen. Just so weak.

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jwredsox
4 years 11 months ago

So pretty much what you’re saying is that all of those players are starting MLB caliber why worry about the future? They appear to have a future lineup and rotation right there.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

Dude, relax. The Angels don’t have a ton of talent close to the majors that they don’t NEED in the majors. It’s not a knock on their system, just saying where they are in terms of trade chips. Their best talent, for the most part, is either established in the majors or not terribly close. True statement. Doesn’t make it a bad system.

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4 years 11 months ago

This is anti West Coast BS. Weak system, thin system, doesn’t have the prospects to pull off major trade, don’t have the depth. Come on, read between the lines! This guy is spewing East Coast garbage propoganda even without mentioning the usual Red Sox or Yankees.

He’s wrong on all accounts. If we don’t have the talent in AAA, then what the H do you call Hank Conger (Future’s game MVP and defensive stud switch hitting catcher), Peter Bourjos, Mark Trumbo, Rich Thompson and Mike Kohn? Look at their numbers this season!

That doesn’t even mention the fact that the Angels have the most talent of any team in baseball in their low minors or their history for producing major league talent.

This guy is an Angel hater. All he does is disguise subtly.

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TradeYouk
4 years 11 months ago

Rich Thompson is a 26 year old middle reliever. Michael Kohn is another middle relief prospect. Mark Trumbo is a 24 year old 1b with a career 321 OBP in the minors and his best power output before this season was as a 22 year old in a hitters park in High A. I don’t think teams are going to be lining up to acquire any of those 3.

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4 years 11 months ago

Rich Thompson has posted unheard of numbers in AAA this year and has closer stuff, I’m pretty sure teams would like his services. Mike Kohn has been the most dominant reliever in all of minor league baseball since being drafted and once again, has closer stuff. Mark Trumbo is a AAA all-star and is on pace for 30+ HR and is still just 24.

Sure no one wants those guys. I guarantee you if they were released or made available via rule 5 draft, your precious Red Sox would be all over that ish. But sure, no one wants them.

You East coast garbage Red Sox fans try to pass Lars Anderson off as a real prospect, the guy has half the power Mark Trumbo has and is spoting an OBP of .339 this year. While that’s still better than Trumbo’s, Mark is clearly the better offensive threat. So go ahead, call Mark Trumbo nothing, but then again, so is you home boy Lars.

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TradeYouk
4 years 11 months ago

Jay Gibbons and Hector Luna were also AAA alstars this year, so Mark Trumbo is in good company. A first baseman with a .332 OBP whose only flashes of power came as a 22 year old in High A and as a 24 year old in the hitter friendly PCL (and hitter friendly Salt Lake) is not someone teams are going to be knocking the door down to get. I do appreciate your hyperbole on Kohn as the “most dominant reliever in all of minor league baseball since being drafted” though. I am not sure what you used to determine that.

Your statement on the rule 5 or free agent market is probably true, as guys get picked up all the time, but that wasn’t the point of your original post. You were insuinating the 3 above as top talents that would be bona fide trade chips that would tip the balance in the trade. There is a big difference between taking Rich Thompson off waivers and taking him as the 3rd prospect in a trade for Dan Haren.

I don’t remember saying anything about Lars Anderson. Although by most accounts his issues are mental and have nothing to do with his abillity. Hopefully he figures it out, but at least he has 2 years to catch up to Triple A all star Mark Trumbo.

Halos heaven, who to my knowledge has no East Coast Bias, ranked Trumbo the Angels #24 prospect and Kohn #14.

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Fanoftheangels
4 years 11 months ago

Those rankings were at the beginning of the season. Kohn will surely jump up in the top 10 if not the top 5. I agree with you on Trumbo. No future with the Angels.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

No, seriously, you’re overreacting. And besides, their Triple-A home park is ridiculously hitter friendly, so looking at the stats on those hitters isn’t totally fair (remember some of the performances Kendrick and Wood put up there). And calling Conger a defensive stud behind the plate is simply contrary to everyone who’s seen him. The Angels have a good system that could be fantastic in a year, but chill.

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4 years 11 months ago

Conger has ZERO pass balls and anyone that’s seen him in AAA this year knows he has a rocket for an arm and is a superior athlete.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

Everyone does think he has a good arm. There are also still real questions about the ability to stay behind the plate long term. I listen to Law, Goldstein, Sickels, and Callis before I listen to you.

And above, you leap to the defense of Kohn, Thompson, and Trumbo. Well, Trumbo has a very checkered track record and is only putting up a .327 OBP in the hitters paradise of Salt Lake. Kohn and Thompson are nice relief prospects (I love Kohn, especially), but when you’re talking about trading for an elite player, those guys aren’t the sort you can build a package around. The kind of guys who can be the top player in a Fielder type acquisition either need another year or two to possibly develop into that, or have been deemed untouchable (Trout, Weaver).

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bjsguess
4 years 11 months ago

I would not call Conger a defensive wiz by any stretch. He’s got a grand total of 247 games behind the plate over his entire minor league career. I think he has a chance to be an above average catcher but he could very well turn out to be slightly below average as well.

Kohn is nice and would make a solid arm to bring up or trade. However, he isn’t crazy good. Same goes for Thompson. Both could be useful pieces but not nearly enough as a centerpiece for a Fielder trade. I’d ship one of them off for Dunn but that’s it.

No way Weaver or Trout go in a deal for Fielder. 1.25 years of Fielder at $22m is already a steep price to pay. The difference in value between what you are getting in performance from Fielder vs what you are paying isn’t huge. Certainly not big enough to just throw in a 5 WAR pitcher like Weaver or a consensus top 5 minor league player. That ship sailed for Fielder about 2 years ago.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

I’m glad Angels fans have one reasonable representative here.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

I’m glad Angels fans have one reasonable representative here.

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bjsguess
4 years 11 months ago

I would not call Conger a defensive wiz by any stretch. He’s got a grand total of 247 games behind the plate over his entire minor league career. I think he has a chance to be an above average catcher but he could very well turn out to be slightly below average as well.

Kohn is nice and would make a solid arm to bring up or trade. However, he isn’t crazy good. Same goes for Thompson. Both could be useful pieces but not nearly enough as a centerpiece for a Fielder trade. I’d ship one of them off for Dunn but that’s it.

No way Weaver or Trout go in a deal for Fielder. 1.25 years of Fielder at $22m is already a steep price to pay. The difference in value between what you are getting in performance from Fielder vs what you are paying isn’t huge. Certainly not big enough to just throw in a 5 WAR pitcher like Weaver or a consensus top 5 minor league player. That ship sailed for Fielder about 2 years ago.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

No, seriously, you’re overreacting. And besides, their Triple-A home park is ridiculously hitter friendly, so looking at the stats on those hitters isn’t totally fair (remember some of the performances Kendrick and Wood put up there). And calling Conger a defensive stud behind the plate is simply contrary to everyone who’s seen him. The Angels have a good system that could be fantastic in a year, but chill.

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aap212
4 years 11 months ago

Dude, relax. The Angels don’t have a ton of talent close to the majors that they don’t NEED in the majors. It’s not a knock on their system, just saying where they are in terms of trade chips. Their best talent, for the most part, is either established in the majors or not terribly close. True statement. Doesn’t make it a bad system.

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TradeYouk
4 years 11 months ago

Chone Figgins was drafted by the Rockies and spent 4 seasons in their system. Erick Aybar has a career OPS+ of 86. Joe Saunders has had 1 good season, and 4 average to slightly below average seasons. Kendry Morales was signed as 22 year old Cuban defector, so I wouldn’t quantify him as someone that received much development in the Angels farm system. That list wasn’t the best argument that the Angels have a top notch farm system.

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4 years 11 months ago

Chone Figgins never materialized into anything until he reached the Angels. The Angels were responsible for his success after AA, Rockies did nothing for him besides trade him. Joe Saunders is a 4th or 5th starter and has shut down Boston when needed, I don’t see anyone complaining. Kendry Morales was developed ever since advanced A ball, he’s as much a product of the Angels system as David Price a Rays product. Erick Aybar is one of the top defensive SS in baseball and hit .311 last year and is on pace to swipe 25-30 bags this year, what’s wrong with that?

The Angels produce as many successful major league players as any team in baseball.

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TradeYouk
4 years 11 months ago

There is nothing wrong with 5th starters and weak hitting defensive Shortstops per se, but your complaint is that people are underrating the Angels farm system but ranking them at 20th this year. A 20th ranked farm system would put out mostly bottom of the order hitters and 5th starter types, with the occasional star. So if anything you are confirming what BA is saying. Your argument itself is silly because you are bringing up guys who have been in the league 4+ years in response to a ranking about this years farm system. I was just pointing out if you are trying to contend that the Angels have a top farm system, you shouldn’t be bringing up league average to below average guys that were called up 4 years ago as your defense.

As for Chone Figgins, being in his age 24 and 25 year season in AAA in a hitters park probably had as much to do with his success than anything the Angels may have taught him in 180 minor league games. According to the numbers his approach was the same throughout his minor league career, he just had a few more hits fall in and a few more go over the fence than with Colorado.

Joe Saunders also has a 4.17 ERA and 1.61 WHIP against the Sox in his career, not exactly “shutting them down”.