Angels Continue Seeking Relief Help

The Angels need relief help and they know it. Executives from other teams tell both Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com that the Angels seek bullpen depth.

“The rhythm and roles in the bullpen, the flow of the lineup, consistency of the lineup… we haven’t gotten anything going,” GM Jerry Dipoto told Rosenthal when asked about his team’s slow start.

As the first month of the season nears completion, Angels relievers have a 4.96 ERA (28th in MLB) with 6.8 K/9 (27th in MLB) and 4.6 BB/9 (24th in MLB). Stark hears that the Angels are dangling second-tier prospects for relievers at the moment and notes that other teams are eyeing center fielder Peter Bourjos as a possible trade candidate. Bourjos is off to a slow start at the plate and could be deemed expendable given the presence of top prospect Mike Trout at Triple-A. Other clubs don’t expect the Angels to trade Mark Trumbo, Stark notes. 

MLBTR has looked at trade candidates such as Huston Street, Grant Balfour and Brett Myers in recent weeks. However, Rosenthal points out that the Angels would likely have to overpay to obtain such a pitcher now.


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53 Comments on "Angels Continue Seeking Relief Help"


3 years 4 months ago

You’ve already overpaid to win a championship this year. Might as well commit to that, yes?

3 years 4 months ago

More like overpaid to miss the playoffs.

thebigbangdito
3 years 4 months ago

We need relievers yes…. but we also need mike to stay with one lineup… i think it was 11 different line ups in the first 14 games?    How is a player supposed to be going to the stadium having their mind focused on playing when they are not even sure if they will be in the lineup on that day..

Aybar  SS
Kendrick 2b
Pujols   1b
Morales DH
Trumbo 3b
Wells LF
Hunter  RF
Iannetta  C
Bourjos   CF

And then you can sub collaspo in at the end of the game at 3B for defense in a close game… and maybe let abreu/izturis/collaspo in 1/ maybe 2 games max a week to give some guys a rest

VegasANGELSFan
3 years 4 months ago

I mostly agree with your thoughts here, but would go (against lefties)

Aybar
Kendrick
Pujols
Trumbo
Morales
Hunter
Wells
Iannetta
Bourjos

and swap Trumbo and Morales against righties. 

3 years 4 months ago

For the first time in 14 years I’ve begun to question what the hell Scioscia is doing. I feel as if I’m watching a slightly more athletic version of musical chairs whenever I tune in to a ball game.

Bobby Abreu has been on the trading block for months now, I simply don’t understand why Scioscia feels compelled to get him into the line-up every other game. You don’t need to showcase a player whose contract you’ll be paying nearly the entirety of to facilitate any trade.

Trumbo’s constant benching, all defensive inconsistencies aside, has been even more puzzling. When Scioscia pinch-hit Callaspo in the top of the 9th against Rodney, one of the cameras caught a shot of the Angels dugout, in which Trumbo was visibly ticked off. I don’t blame him.

VegasANGELSFan
3 years 4 months ago

100% agree.  I am obv disappointed by the Angels’ start, but am more frustrated by the fact that the offense is sputtering, and the best hitter (currently) is often on the bench.  I looked at today’s lineup and threw up a little in my mouth.   At least Trumbo is getting in there a bit more the last week.  He seems able to play a passable outfield, if he is unable to figure out third, let him play OF.  He just has to be playing everyday, he is the only one hitting the ball. 

TheLoLgen
3 years 4 months ago

I think the Cardinals had some 130 different lineups for the past 4 years under TLR

Jose_Bautista
3 years 4 months ago

Luis Perez for Peter Bourjos?

Who says no?

For people that don’t know. Luis Perez is a long man who can also spot start. Lefty who touches 94 easily.

Current stat line:
12 IP 0.00 ERA 9.9 SO/9 2.8 BB/9 0.711WHIP

JLo_Biafra
3 years 4 months ago

 No way.

Jose_Bautista
3 years 4 months ago

Angels say no way? AA did put together bunch of relievers and a prospect to land Colby Rasmus. Seems certainly possible. Although with Anthony Gose almost ready I doubt Jays go for Bourjos.

3 years 4 months ago

Why not make Scott Downs the closer? Jordan Walden would be great in a
set up role like Kenley Jensen of the Dodgers. Scott Downs have had
closing experience with the Jays prior and proved that he could handle
close games. He has the mentality and the experience to close games.
Give him a chance Scioscia! Let’s go Angels!

rockfordone
3 years 4 months ago

Scott Downs has problems closing a door. Get real

3 years 4 months ago

And Jordan Walden does not? Last year Scott has a 1.34 ERA. Scott currently has a 0.00 ERA.

WasianCU
3 years 4 months ago

 Scott Downs is the closer now.  Walden has apparently been moved to 7th inning guy.

3 years 4 months ago

Will be suprised if the Nats don’t pursue Bourjos.

3 years 4 months ago

Blue Jays were in town scouting Bourjos last Sunday as were the Yankees. Add them to the list.

3 years 4 months ago

There’s this awesome pitcher on the O’s with glasses they would love to give the Angels. 

BK
3 years 4 months ago

If Dipoto trades Burjos for relief it will only be a matter of time before he is out.

chico65
3 years 4 months ago

Sorry dude, didn’t mean to reply to you

JLo_Biafra
3 years 4 months ago

They should trade for Kevin Gregg.

rockfordone
3 years 4 months ago

They can have him for a dozen baseballs (not required to be new)

omavricko
3 years 4 months ago

Trumbo for Brandon league make it happen

J.j. Miller
3 years 4 months ago

 balfour is probably the most affordable reliever in terms of prospects and cost

of course trading within the division will be a bit more difficult

melonis_rex
3 years 4 months ago

Not really. He has a 2013 club option that’s a near lock to pick up unless he gets hurt. Your impending free agents will be cheaper in trade.

ColonelTom
3 years 4 months ago

Alberto Callaspo would look awfully good in a Phillies uniform, and the Phillies have to start thinking about trading something meaningful for a legitimate starting infielder given Polanco’s struggles on top of Utley’s and Howard’s injuries.  Maybe Antonio Bastardo for Callaspo?  The Phils have Jake Diekman waiting in the wings at Lehigh Valley to take Bastardo’s place.

3 years 4 months ago

I would make that trade in a heartbeat. 

3 years 4 months ago

callespo or  macier should be traded for Grant Balfour  or street then we can have trumbo play third  more often 

melonis_rex
3 years 4 months ago

Let’s trade impending free agents to noncontenders for their best relief pieces!

In other words, not happening.

CAD_Monkey
3 years 4 months ago

Could they possibly trade Abreu for relief pitchers?

3 years 4 months ago

 yeah, they could but they would have to eat 7-9mil of his contract  for this year and  he  makes 9 mil this year. i would like to see the halos  trade him as well

WasianCU
3 years 4 months ago

I’d be fine eating 8 million of his contract (as if it’s my money) just to get rid of him without getting anything in return other than saving the half million versus a release.  Of course, if we could get a half decent reliever in return if we ate 9 million (or whatever the prorated value remaining is), seems worth it.

imachainsaw
3 years 4 months ago

dipoto has got to be smarter than to trade away bourjos

Rangersfan32
3 years 4 months ago

The Angels need MUCH MORE than just relief help after that first month.

3 years 4 months ago

Why not make Scott Downs the closer? Jordan Walden would be great in a
set up role like Kenley Jensen of the Dodgers. Scott Downs have had
closing experience with the Jays prior and proved that he could handle
close games. He has the mentality and the experience to close games.
Give him a chance Scioscia!

3 years 4 months ago

From what I’ve seen so far, I’d rather have LaTroy Hawkins as the closer.

jakec77
3 years 4 months ago

If the Angels want to have Frank Francisco for Bourjos, I have the authority to get it done.

Jay212033
3 years 4 months ago

So how about Eric O’Flaherty and Zeke Spruill for Peter Bourjos

SoCalAngelsFan75
3 years 4 months ago

Most importantly, what happens to Bourjos bobblehead night on May 16 if he gets traded before then!?!?

3 years 4 months ago

Spray paint Trout on the back and call it a day. 

craigkimbrelfan
3 years 4 months ago

Atlanta should ship some pitching for Bourjos.  Could be a nice pickup as a 4th OF and possible Bourn replacement on the cheap.