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

  2. thebigbangdito 3 years 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 ago

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


      and swap Trumbo and Morales against righties. 

    • 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 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 ago

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

  3. Jose_Bautista 3 years 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 ago

       No way.

      • Jose_Bautista 3 years 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.

    • 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 ago

        Scott Downs has problems closing a door. Get real

      • WasianCU 3 years ago

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

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

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

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

  7. BK 3 years ago

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

  8. JLo_Biafra 3 years ago

    They should trade for Kevin Gregg.

    • rockfordone 3 years ago

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

  9. Stuartsmith1988 3 years ago

    Trumbo for Brandon league make it happen

  10. J.j. Miller 3 years 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 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.

  11. ColonelTom 3 years 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.

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

    • melonis_rex 3 years ago

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

      In other words, not happening.

  13. CAD_Monkey 3 years ago

    Could they possibly trade Abreu for relief pitchers?

    •  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 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.

  14. imachainsaw 3 years ago

    dipoto has got to be smarter than to trade away bourjos

  15. Rangersfan32 3 years ago

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

  16. 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!

  17. jakec77 3 years ago

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

  18. Jay212033 3 years ago

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

  19. SoCalAngelsFan75 3 years ago

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

  20. craigkimbrelfan 3 years ago

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

  21. Trumbo, Jean Segura and Kevin Jepsen for Chase Headley and Huston Street?

  22. Dylan 3 years ago

    Phillies have a ton of BP guys in AAA/MLB in Stutes, Schwimer, Aumont, Diekman, Savery, DeFratus, and Bastardo…seems like a good match to me.

    I wouldn’t trade Bastardo, Diekman, or DeFratus, but Aumont and Stutes could be available.

  23. angels trade abreau, takahashi and 2.7mill for joe blanton/ angels trade alberto callapso and kevin jepsen for grant balfour,  opens 2 40 man spots for dfa guys, call up amarista and trout

    maybe think about scott feldman, brett myers, or gorzelany-large contracts

    • Snoochies8 3 years ago

      haha nice try, probably not getting blanton for that package and DEFINITELY not getting balfour for that package..

      • Those teams don’t like immense overpays?

        • Snoochies8 3 years ago

          balfour (read up on mlbtr’s “trade candidate: grant balfour”)  has more trade value than an OK 3rd baseman and an already 27 year old reliever who’s as wild as the relievers the a’s already have but are younger than him. Balfour’s under control for this year with a team option for next year (the option has a better chance of being picked up than not), so there’s a decent chance a team will be desperate enough by the trade deadline to deal something better than that package (see dotel to the dodgers, maybe something a little better since balfour has the team option) 

          and even if the angels hadn’t released abreu, blanton has more value than an aging bench OF at best (more like a DH) and an aging reliever.

          so if by “overpays” you meant “underpays”, then i’d agree with you…

  24. Jesse 3 years ago

    Can we just trade for Terry Francona as manager

  25. Braves1976 3 years ago

    I wonder if the Braves and Angels could eventually revisit the talks they had regarding Izturis. He’d be an upgrade both defensively and offensively at short for the Braves. He’d also not block Simmons since he’s a free agent at the end of the season. The Angels were said to be asking for Martinez or Varvaro from the Braves in return. I’d certainly be willing to trade Varvaro for Izturis. The only issue for the Braves I see is the 3.8 million Izturis is making this season.

  26. I don’t know if I could be an Angels fan any longer if they traded Trumbo or Bourjos for a relief pitcher… it’s such an immensely stupid idea.
    Callaspo and Izturis are the available players for relief help. Trumbo and Bourjos are part of a long term plan for the future. Next year Hunter is gone and Bourjos plays the outfield everyday. Why in the hell would we get rid of him for a reliever. With Trumbo, once Hunter is gone we can slide him into left field and let Wells fight for DH at bats unless he proves himself worthy of more.

    • Braves1976 3 years ago

      I’m not an Angels fan but I agree with your main point. They should trade someone Izturis for relief help, they might be able to get more than someone like Varvaro from the Braves if they sent cash too. I’m not sure how much exactly though, but it’s something I’d look into if I were them. The Braves have a lot of good relief pitchers in the Majors and down in the minors too.

  27. Jesse 3 years ago

    If they could put together a good package of prospects to send to the White Sox they could get any combo of Peavy, Jenks, Floyd and/or probably get one of them to be okay closing.

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