Which Teams Could Use Brandon Wood?

Brandon Wood seems like he's been an Angels prospect forever.  However, at this point he's 26 years old with 494 career big league plate appearances and a .168/.197/.259 line to his name.  The Halos designated him for assignment last night, and a trade or claim seems likely.

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Since Wood is out of options, any team giving up a prospect of value for him will have to be able to keep him in the Majors rather than risk exposing him to waivers.  Wood can probably play an acceptable shortstop or third base.  This scouting report is three years old, but before the '08 season Baseball America said Wood had unexceptional range but could "handle shortstop just fine," and he was "solid if unspectacular at third base."  He's never played second base, but he might be passable there as well.

I'd like to see a non-contending team install Wood as the starting shortstop and just let him rip for 500 plate appearances.  That plan might be unfair to players who don't have the "advantage" of being out of options.  But the Pirates might as well try him over Ronny Cedeno.  The Mets could be a fit, if they're thinking of trading Jose Reyes in a few months.  Wood could man a middle infield position for the Astros, though they might consider themselves booked between Clint Barmes, Bill Hall, Angel Sanchez, and Jeff Keppinger.  Likewise, the Mariners aren't contenders but would have to do some shuffling to get Wood regular at-bats.

Since they sit atop the AL Central at the moment, I won't rule out the Indians and Royals as contenders.  But the Tribe might be able to get Wood some third base at-bats until they deem Lonnie Chisenhall ready.  Wood could also keep the seat warm at the hot corner for Royals prospect Mike Moustakas.

The Twins, Brewers, and Dodgers were regarded as preseason contenders, but haven't been spectacular in the early going.  All three clubs have question marks at shortstop, though Wood is certainly not a clear upgrade.  The Marlins are cobbling together a solution at third base, though it's actually going well overall.

In the end, I expect Wood to land with a non-contending team like the Pirates.  Like the Royals, the Bucs should still be thinking long-term even though they're technically in contention at the moment.  But even in a lower-pressure environment I'm not sure Wood will get regular playing time, given how far his stock has fallen. 


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  1. I say he goes to the mets. Hes an upgrade over emaus or that red headed turner who is just as bad as emaus. Wood was a ss when he was a top prospect, so im sure he can play 2nd and hes shown he can play 3rd. and usuallly when guys come to the mets they suck, why not get him while he sucks, maybe that can get him turned around. Id say hes better suited to be splitting time with murphy and backing up at 3rd.

    • Blue387 4 years ago

      I’d throw in Ching-Lung Hu with Emaus in the package. Hu can’t seem to hit major league pitches but is believed to be good at defense. I’m guessing Paul DePodesta liked him since his tenure as Dodgers GM and traded for him when he joined the Mets front office.

  2. $1529282 4 years ago

    I wonder if the Twins are sick enough of Casilla yet. And hell, it’s not like he can be worse than Alexi or Luke Hughes.

    • TheHotCorner 4 years ago

      I brought up Wood to the Twins in the initial post. With Nishi out for a little while and Casilla not doing much I can’t see how it would hurt to at least give it a try.

      • $1529282 4 years ago

        Wood’s career OBP would be an improvement over what Casilla has done this year, sadly.

    • PostMoBills 4 years ago

      I would love to see the Twins take a chance on him. The worst that can happen is they put him back on waivers when they try to send him down. It wouldn’t take much to beat out Casilla. The problem is I’m not sure if the Twins have an open spot on the 40-man roster, and knowing the Twins they probably won’t want to remove one of their AAAA bullpen arms for this guy.

      • $1529282 4 years ago

        The Twins have two open spots on their 40-man roster, actually. Shouldn’t be an issue.

    • twins33 4 years ago

      Casilla definitely needs to go back to the bench. I wonder what “acceptable” defense is though…for Wood. Obviously that word is better than the “crappy” that Casilla has been doing, but I still wonder. Definitely wouldn’t hurt to give him a try.

    • nick1538 4 years ago

      The problem is Wood’s defense at SS. With 459.1 innings at SS his UZR is -8.6. I would rather have a 4.1 UZR with a .200 average (Alexi Casilla) than -8.6 UZR with a .200 average (Brandon Wood). I think he actually is worse than Alexi!

      • $1529282 4 years ago

        Drawing conclusions based on less than two months’ worth of defensive data is useless. Delmon Young has a 37.8 UZR/150 in left right now through 132 innings. Doesn’t tell you anything.

        I don’t doubt that Casilla’s a better defender, but he had 346 career innings at SS. Even using just one full season worth of sample data can be misleading. Using less than two months is just pointless.

        Wood’s probably inferior defensively, but at least has the upside of being a plus offensive shortstop. Casilla certainly can’t make that claim. That said, I doubt the Twins pursue him anyway, but it’s an option worth pondering at the very least. If nothing else, he can rake in Triple-A and help appease the angry Rochester fans.

        • nick1538 4 years ago

          I would argue that any of that “offensive upside” for Wood is all but gone. Both Casilla and Wood are replacement level players, and very little else. The Twins could very easily give Wood a try and perhaps “fix” him, but he is not a short term fix for the SS problem in MN.

  3. formerdraftpick 4 years ago

    I would like to see the Pirates sport Wood. The only issue that I have is that Ronny Cedeno leads the team with 3 sacrifice flies right now. In fact he’s the only member of the team with a sacrifice fly. Where else are you going to get that production? So, it might be time for the Pirates to let Rule-V pick, J-Rod go back to the Indians (or make a trade for him) and let Cedeno serve as a utility player. Since Wood has hands of steel, it might be a pretty good combo for the Pirates with Cedeno coming in the 7th inning and beyond to serve as a defensive player. I know I will at least get a comment calling Cedeno a defensive player, but compared to Wood, he is Ozzie Smith.

  4. Slopeboy 4 years ago

    Long Island Ducks!

    • formerdraftpick 4 years ago

      At some point, this may very well happen for Wood if he keeps performing like he is at the major league level. Quack! Quack!

    • CoachButtermaker 4 years ago

      That is exactly what I was thinking.

  5. 494 PA
    153 K
    .197 OBP

    I’m going with “No one could use Brandon Wood.”

    • bjsguess 4 years ago

      462 PA
      92K
      .246 OBP
      6 HR (vs Wood’s 11 HR)

      Pretty sure that Brandon Phillips has turned out OK.

      Both highly touted prospects. Both with good minor league pedigrees (obviously Wood’s was much more impressive). Both were shuffled back and forth between the big leagues and minors for 4-5 years. Neither doing much of anything.

      I’m not saying that Wood will turn out to be the next Brandon Phillips. I’m simply stating that ignoring 1000’s of PA’s in the minors + scouting reports and going with what you see in less than 500 PA’s spread out over 4 years in the Bigs may not be the wisest thing.

      • Brandon Wood has been much, much worse than the numbers you just cited for Wood.

        • bjsguess 4 years ago

          Huh?

          The numbers I cited are his numbers. I didn’t make them up. And they absolute paint him in the worst possible light possible.

        • typo, I meant the #’s you cited for Wood are much worse than Phillips

          • robdicken 4 years ago

            The point is, that neither of their numbers were good. And no, looking at them, they are not “much worse.” They are comparable.

            You simply can’t judge someone’s abilities in the major leagues on very limited playing time. If they struggle, keep sticking them out there so they can learn from his mistakes. But, it needs to be a team that can afford to deal with his struggles.

  6. Marlins could be a fit?

  7. daveineg 4 years ago

    Memo to Tim Dierkes: The Brewers are tied for first without their ace and starting RF. Why are you linking them with the Twins (6 games back) and the Dodgers (4.5 games back)?

    No thanks on Wood by the way.

    • Ah, so they HAVE been spectacular in the early going.

      • They are on pace for 85 wins…right about what most people expected. Spectacular? No. I would only consider 1-2 teams as “spectacular” so far though.

        The wording makes them sound dissapointing when they have been as advertised.

        Betancourt sucks, I’d still like to see them make a play for someone like Jack Wilson.

      • AaronAngst 4 years ago

        They certainly aren’t in a place where they need to start cashing in their chips, and handing over playing time to a 26 year-old former prospect. I hesitate to say it, but the pitching has been BETTER than advertised so far. Only a couple of games where somebody imploded, and four team shutouts. If anything, I’d be willing to bet they’d be looking to scrape together what’s left of the farm to acquire a proven big league shortstop as opposed to taking one off the scrap heap to replace Betancourt. The upcoming Reds series in Milwaukee should give a bit more perspective.

    • PostMoBills 4 years ago

      The Twins and Dodgers both have shortstop issues, and I’m pretty sure the Brewers have been the most vocal of them all with their dissatisfaction for Yuniesky Betancourt.

      • daveineg 4 years ago

        Some fans (not all by any means) have expressed dissatisfaction with Betancourt.

        But the Brewers certainly haven’t. He’s actually been playing quite well defensively and while his BA doesn’t reflect it, he’s hit the ball okay. Nobody expected him to take walks.

    • Todd Smith 4 years ago

      Aye. The Brewers are 9-8. The lowly Dodgers are only 8-10. Huge difference.

  8. maze88 4 years ago

    Wood needs to land on the NL. That’s pretty much AAAA, and he can definitely do good there

    • iheartyourfart 4 years ago

      as long as he doesn’t go to one of those NL/AAAA teams that wins the world series half the time

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      because pitching sucks in the NL right?

      • Ben_Cherington 4 years ago

        For some reason I have the urge to say

        BIG TIME TIMMY JIM!

    • PostMoBills 4 years ago

      Lol trollin’.

      Classic.

  9. RiverKKiller999 4 years ago

    “Which Teams Could Use Brandon Wood”

    I don’t think any one wants a .168/.197/.259 slash line. But it wouldn’t hurt to give him a try in AAA. So, any one could pick him up.

    • Todd Smith 4 years ago

      The Pirates’ current utility infielder has a .000/.100/.000 slash line. Why not take a chance on a player with more potential.

  10. rizdak 4 years ago

    I hope he knows how to use a pair of chopsticks. The Hanshin Tigers could use a backup for Keiichi Hirano.

    • Commander_Nate 4 years ago

      I’m thinking the same thing. If an MLB team doesn’t take him, Japan seems to be the logical choice.

    • $7562574 4 years ago

      if he goes to japan, the pitchers will eat him alive with their inside(maybe body blow) fork balls. besides he is too good a prospect to go to japan. ha, ha!!!!!!!

  11. TheHotCorner 4 years ago

    I agree with you Tim. I would like to see him get 500 AB’s somewhere. Give him some consistent playing time and see what he can do. To a degree I feel he was mishandled by the Angels. Shipped up and down from MiLB and MLB and not given consistent playing time to work through things. Maybe he will always be a AAAA player but give the guy a chance and find out for sure. Remember they use to say the same thing about nelson cruz being a AAAA player and he has turned out ok (no I am not directly comparing Wood to Cruz).

  12. He’s toast. It’s great that he was so good in A ball and AA, I mean I wish I hit that many minor league homeruns, since I have exactly zero. But lets be realistic, there is nothing in those major league totals that offers hope. Similar player in recent years = Andy LaRoche?

  13. No one can use Brandon Wood. I don’t understand why we’re even asking the question. It’s so, so weird how a guy like this can keep getting chances.

    • I’m not sure what is so weird about it. He clearly has potential, was a high draft pick, and raked in the minors. People give him chances because they are hoping things will suddenly click at the ML level, and if they do, you all of sudden have a very talented, young player on your hands. For teams that can afford to gamble, it is almost always worth taking a flyer.

      • I wouldn’t normally invoke this, but have you seen Brandon Wood hit? He cannot hit, I’m telling you. How does he “clearly have potential”? Clear how? Because he hit a bunch of homers in Rancho Cucamonga or whatever a few years ago? I have watched Wood at the plate many, many times since then, and he can’t hit. I’m not saying he hasn’t, I’m saying he CAN’T.

      • Ray R 4 years ago

        You take flyers on guys during Spring Training, not the regular season. Unless you’re committed to fielding a MiLB team (like the Pirates always seem to be).

    • bjsguess 4 years ago

      Getting chances = 494 PA’s spread out over 4 seasons? A guy like Lastings Milledge has received over 1600 PA’s. That’s called getting a chance.

      Also might have something to do with the fact that Brandon Wood has serious tools. Someone’s going to figure out what’s wrong with him and end up with a good ballplayer.

      • Todd Smith 4 years ago

        Would like to see what Clint Hurdle could do with him.

  14. mgsports 4 years ago

    Phillies?
    Cubs?

    • Jason Klinger 4 years ago

      Phillies actually aren’t a stretch, since Rollins is in his walk year. But the Cubs have Castro at SS, and he’s legit, so what would they want with Wood?

  15. The problem is that Wood sucks. In over 250 AB last year he had an OPS+ of 5. Five! That couldn’t just be bad luck. And looking at his defensive metrics, they are all horrible (SSS apply, of course).

    • bjsguess 4 years ago

      Which defensive metrics are looking at?

      Fangraphs and UZR peg him as slightly better than league average (0.4 UZR). Last year (when he saw the most playing time) he was at 1.8 UZR in essentially 1/3rd of a season of appearances. That’s not a large enough sample size to make any valid determinations but it does match up with the scouting reports that say he is more than passable at 3rd or SS.

  16. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    Chances are if his hitting philosophy has been changed because of coaching.. ie he’s a grip it and rip it and Angels stress OBP and working counts.. his strengths have suffered..

    Like when the twins tried to make Ortiz a oppo field hitter.

    Not saying the Angels are to blame, just saying that a change of scenery AND a return to his old philosophy that used to make him sucessful may do him some good..

    Let him work with Murphy and Cito for a little bit and see what happens.. if he still can’t hit then you waive him.

    • inkstainedscribe 4 years ago

      Grip and rip it? He has Royals written all over him.

      • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

        Royals have too many fantastic prospects to give this guy any AB’s

        Wood would be perfect for a team that is lacking in position player prospects and is not contending..

        If anything they might try to capitalize on Gordon’s hot start and move him while his value is high to make room for Mike Moustakas

      • MaineSox 4 years ago

        Grip it and rip it sounds more like the Jays to me. Sorry Lunchbox.

  17. BeatEmBucs 4 years ago

    Isn’t going to hurt anything for the Pirates to give him a shot. They’re getting no production from the SS position and outside of Chase d’Arnaud, who has never done anything special at any level, there are no prospects close to being big league ready.

    If it doesn’t work out, they cut him loose as well. No harm in hoping that a change of scenery might work out for the guy.

  18. Rallie Munkee 4 years ago

    I like your comment: “I’d like to see a non-contending team install Wood as the starting shortstop and just let him rip for 500 plate appearances.”

    Unfortunately for Brandon, that has RARELY been the case with the incredibly dense revolving door line-ups philosophy of Mike Scioscia. M.S. has ALWAYS put him behind first Figgins, a poorer fielding 3Bman(?) and then either Izturis, ( A so-so defender.) or E-Bar, ( THE most erratic SS ever to play?) because of his preference for tiny ( 5’8″, or less.) “contact” hitters, over a potential bopper like Wood. ( Scioscia’s unbelievable preference for Mathis, over Napoli, is a similar example of his stubborn, numb-skullish, “I don’t care what the fans think! I’ll play who I want to” demeanor.)

    The simple fact is that even when Brandon has done well for a period of time – see October/September of 08, as soon as a fragile doinkster came back off the DL, he was stuck back on the pine. When E-Bar came back that season – prematurely, it would appear – Erick went on to one of the worst playoffs in recorded history – along with Figgins, while Brandon didn’t even make the playoff squad.

    Just for disclosure, yes, I DO think that Mike Scioscia is THE most overrated manager in MLB history. OK with getting his small ball teams to the playoffs – usually, but woeful getting them deep into the playoffs, without a perfect storm of luck, like in 2002.

    • kbb102 4 years ago

      Or 2005, or 2009. Um, that’s weird.

    • kbb102 4 years ago

      Also, Figgins was an incredible defender at third and was an integral part of the line-up. Brandon had his chance last year. He was horrendously bad.

      • bjsguess 4 years ago

        Exactly right about the horrible defender thing. There’s plenty to criticize about Mr Glass (aka Chone Figgins) but picking on his GG caliber defense at 3rd or his offensive contributions at lead-off are not the examples you will want to cite.

        Figgins routinely contributed 3-5 WAR during most of Wood’s years when he came up. You can’t sit that type of production just to give Wood a chance to play.

        As for Scioscia being over-rated … the Angels consistently outperform their pythg. They are routinely cited as being innovative in their approach. Their success over the past decade is right up there with the Red Sox or Yankees. The team has played poorly in the post-season but as most have figured out, the post-season is a crap-shoot of who gets hot when – as opposed to who really is the best team in baseball over a full year.

    • Out of all the infielders you mentioned, Wood is by far the worst defensively. He made a few great plays at 3B but follows them up with lame efforts on bunts or not even trying for the ball on grounders in the hole. When he dives for a ball it looks like he’s doing a belly-flop into a swimming pool and frankly to me he looked like a complete dork most times. For a tall guy he has almost no range and his throws to first were very inconsistent and lacked release quickness and velocity. He did seem to be ok tagging runners out. If his defense was any good the Angels would have kept him.

  19. rockfordone 4 years ago

    Real Answer – None

  20. The Brewers still have Betancourt at SS and no one other than Crag Counsell to offer depth. The SS cupboard is absolutely bare in the minors.

    I say Brewers.

  21. formerdraftpick 4 years ago

    Do you find it ironic that Wood was designated for assignment on the same day as National Hiring Day at McDonald’s?

  22. Dick_Cheney12 4 years ago

    I see the Pirates picking up Wood, and sending J-Rod back to the Indians. Cedeno sucks. Wood, with a change of scenery, can re-develop himself.

  23. Bucs 4 years ago

    Tim, or anyone else, what are you hearing or think it will take to acquire Wood?

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      80 million in salary relief

    • We get first dibs on the waiver wire. Unless there is a trade we are batter up….you just know he is on his way. I can here it now from Huntington, “quality mlb player that has had some problems but maybe a change in scenery is do”.

  24. vtadave 4 years ago

    I’m fine with the Dodgers taking a look. Let him play short over Jamey Carroll and when Furcal comes back, he can play third and make Blake a utility guy, which is a role best-suited for him at this point.

    Of course this is all predicated upon the concept that maybe Wood is a late-bloomer a la Brandon Phillips, but it could be that he’s just plain garbage. Still won’t hurt a lot of teams to take a flier.

  25. As a third basemen, Brandon Wood looks appealing for the Athletics, Pirates, Braves, Astros, Rockies and Diamondbacks. The Athletics could surely use Brandon Wood. Kevin Kouzmanoff isn’t looking like a good investment. The Pirates are a possible being that Garrett Atkins and Josh Fields were let go of. The Braves could be suitors, as Chipper is looking towards retirement. The Rockies parted ways with Joe Crede and a position seems to be available. Melvin Mora won’t be playing much longer, so the Diamondbacks could make use for him. The Astros need all the help they can get so Brandon Wood may find work in Houston.

    • BeatEmBucs 4 years ago

      While he’s struggling out of the gate, the Pirates do have Pedro Alvarez at 3B…no one is looking to replace him right now. Ronny Cedeno at SS, however, is what he is.

    • formerdraftpick 4 years ago

      I don’t think the Pirates would consider Wood at 3B; maybe shortstop. They seem to want Alvarez to prosper there with Pearce as the backup. Otherwise they wouldn’t have said goodbye to Fields and Atkins (They would at least be on the AAA roster). The Pirates AAA roster looks like a bunch a future MLB pinch hitters minus Chase D’Arnaud and Marte. Then again, I’m not sure what the game plan really is at Indianapolis other than a holding ground for long relievers.

    • Houston doesn’t need him unless he wants to spend this whole season in AAA. Houston is about to have Barmes back and Keppinger back (although I’m sure Kep will get traded). Angel Sanchez has played well enough to earn the starting shortstop spot, but will still be made a utility player once Barmes is back. Chris Johnson is starting to come around with his hitting and is highly regarded in Houston. If he does struggle, Bill Hall could be moved to 3rd and Sanchez could play 2nd. They also have Inglett and Downs on the bench. Downs is swinging the bat VERY well early on, and Inglett is the only lefty on their bench, and lead the league in pinch hits last year. They also have Jiovanni Mier and Delino Deshields, Jr coming up through the minors, so I just don’t see him getting a chance in Houston.

  26. Are you guys really serious. For God’s sake he hit well in the PCL, who doesn’t. His MLB splits the past 5 years are HORRIBLE! 13 BB 153 SO .168 BA .197 OBP .259 SLG .455 OPS. OMG please there has to be better talent somewhere. Bueller, Bueller, anybody seen Bueller?

  27. mpguy 4 years ago

    That’s all the Mariners need–another sub-.200 hitting utility infielder with no power. Good grief, what do you think they should do, corner the market?

  28. The Angels are always messing up their prospects. Kendry Morales had to wait longer than he should have. I am not saying Wood is going to be special but with about 30 starters in the AL hitting under 200 someone should give him a shot. Twins, and Indians make the most sense.

  29. Ray R 4 years ago

    The Newark Bears need a third baseman and opening day is less than a month away. It’s perfect for Wood; he can suck in a city that sucks

  30. retirenutting 4 years ago

    I hope the Bucs sign him, immediately install him as the starting SS, stick Cedeno in a Utility role, and give Wood 300 straight ABs… if he flops, call up D’Arnaud and give him starts. That way, Cedeno will know that only those serious about playing baseball get starts.

  31. Wood should go to the minors with Baltimore, expect to play the whole year at AAA Norfolk at SS. He should NOT play in the majors. He needs to relax, refine his game at SS and find his stroke at the plate. Then, if all goes well, he holds down SS in Baltimore for two years until Manny Machado hits the show. By then, Wood can shop his goods to the highest bidder. If he plays in the majors this year he is done.

    • Dick Armada 4 years ago

      He can’t go back to the minors, that is why the Angels released him.

  32. harrigang 4 years ago

    I think the Pirates should get him. Really, anybody would be better than Cedeno right now. Wood can make it, but needs to fix some kinks in his swing. But the guy is a good fielder and with a lot of AB’s, maybe he start producing. You’ll never find out without giving the guy a chance.

  33. Maybe someone should also give Bobby Crosby 500 AB’s, you never know 😉 .

  34. I’ll bite. How many? Let’s see…Morales has been good, broken ankle aside. Kendrick has been solid and is leading the AL in total bases in 2011. Aybar has been up and down but is still a decent player. Bourjos, Trumbo, Conger, and Walden look good thus far. Nick Adenhart…RIP. Weaver has been an excellent starter. Some guy nicknamed KRod was a rookie under Scioscia, and if you disregard father-in-law beatings, he did pretty good while he was with the Angels. Joe Saunders…decent pitcher. So, we’re left with Wood and Mathis. Could it be that they just suck?

  35. bjsguess 4 years ago

    Jered Weaver … Kendry Morales … Chone Figgins … John Lackey … Howie Kendrick … Francisco Rodriguez … Eric Aybar … Ervin Santana

    The list goes on for guys that have come up under Scioscia’s tenure and were subsequently ruined.

    For the record – I do think they screwed Wood though. He certainly didn’t help himself when he did get the chance to play but the Angels did a terribly job managing his development at the major league level.

  36. Rick_Vaughn 4 years ago

    Are you kidding? It wasn’t Scioscia’s fault that Chone Figgins sucks in Seattle. Figgin’s was offered a contract that was more than fair, and he refused it to go to a last place team. Figgin’s numbers have always been good, but he brought much more to the team than his baseball skills. He was a sparkplug that ignited the lineup. Perhaps he missed the roar of a consistenty soldout crowd that cheered his name every time he came to bat…Didn’t happen in Seattle. The fact is that he played exceptionately under Scioscia. Another contract with the team he didn’t want to leave, and he would have put up the same numbers in Anaheim. K-rod was an excellent reliever who didn’t want to leave either. He sucked in NY because the Met’s suck. Period…
    Are you saying that Kendrick, Aybar, Weaver and Morales suck? Perhaps your read different stats that I do.
    Lackey, the selfish bas!@%d, got what he deserved. He’s playing in a town full of baseball fanatics. Red Socks’ fans are rabid, they know baseball than most fans. Try making a mistake in Boston or New York. They will tolerate nothing when it comes to their teams failing. So Lackey leaves a team that called him their “Ace”, only to pitch 3rd or 4th in the Boston rotation, getting booed whenever he gives up a walk, or a hit.
    Brandon Wood was a Minor League phenom that just couldn’t cut in the major’s. Does this remind you of Alfredo Amezaga? You can’t blame Scioscia for that debacle, but he was as highly as touted as Wood. When they brought up Amezaga, same thing happened. Perhaps they both have a fear of success, but they both didn’t have success at the Major League level. Another thing that links these players – When they were in the Minors, the Angels could have gotten anyone they wanted for those two. But that was Stoneman’s fault. He didn’t have the guts to pull off a trade… Don’t blame Scioscia, he doesn’t deserve it.

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