The Angels, one game over .500 and 10 out of a playoff spot, could elect to sell at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. If that happens, they may have logical trade partners in the Yankees, Jon Morosi of MLB.com observes. The Yankees have been scouting the Angels, per Morosi, who writes that New York “would have interest” in left-handers Tyler Skaggs and Andrew Heaney if were they to become available. Further, there are likely Yankees prospects who would pique the Angels’ interest, given that Halos general manager Billy Eppler had a prominent role in the Bombers’ front office not long ago.
While it’s unclear if either Skaggs or Heaney will hit the block, Rays righty Nathan Eovaldi will likely end up on the move in the next couple weeks. The Yankees, with whom he pitched from 2015-16, have “closely” watched Eovaldi of late, as have the Brewers and Braves (among others), Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports. Eovaldi’s most recent start was a nightmare, as he allowed eight earned runs on nine hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings against Minnesota on Friday. In the process, his season ERA climbed from 3.35 to 4.59 (with a 4.45 FIP) over 51 innings.
More rumblings as the deadline nears:
- The Mets are unlikely to trade any of Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz prior to the deadline, Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears. That in itself isn’t surprising, but the Mets’ valuation of Matz is arguably eyebrow-raising. They’re treating Matz more like an ace “than an oft-injured, No. 3 starter” in discussions with other teams, Sherman writes. Assuming Matz stays along with the Mets’ co-aces, the likelihood is that their most valuable trade chips will be righty Zack Wheeler, closer Jeurys Familia and infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, per Sherman.
- More from Sherman, who reports that Twins righty Jake Odorizzi is “very available.” The Twins acquired Odorizzi fom the Rays during the winter, when they had designs on a second straight playoff trip, but Minnesota has since struggled to a 43-49 record. Odorizzi hasn’t really been part of the solution, having logged a 4.54 ERA/4.63 FIP through 101 innings, but he is controllable beyond this season. The 28-year-old’s on a $6.3MM salary now and has a season of arbitration eligibility remaining.
- The belief is that the Astros’ front office has a high opinion of Reds closer Raisel Iglesias, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com relays. That’s hardly a shock, as most who follow the game think highly of Iglesias, but it’s notable considering the Astros are in the market for bullpen help. Iglesias would fit nicely into their relief corps or any other team’s, but the 28-year-old – a careerlong Red – would like to remain in Cincinnati. On the subject of trade rumors, Iglesias said through an interpreter: “I’m not paying attention at all to that. I want to stay here. I don’t want to go anywhere else, but I don’t control that. If I could control it, I would stay here and play here for all of my career.”
A caller on WFAN this morning actually said the Yankees should trade Gary Sanchez to the Mets for Steven Matz. I couldn’t stop laughing so hard. One of the best offensive catchers in baseball for a average pitcher.
Steven Matz will bring stability to the Yankee rotation. When healthy he is unhittable
Yes but when healthy Sanchez is THE best offensive catcher in the league.
Totally agree that Sanchez is one of if not the best offensive catcher in baseball and not worthy of a 1 for 1 trade with the Mets for Wheeler.
However, he is a hitter that is catching and one of the worst defensive catchers in baseball and that is not likely to change over time as he seems to be very comfortable being mediocre behind the plate.
If indeed there was a trade Sanchez could only be considered in a trade 1 for 1 with DeGrom. The Yankees could then turn their attention to the Marlins and Realmuto and have the assets to secure him in a trade. They get their front line pitcher, lose a bit of homer offense albeit a .240 batting average most likely, and get an upgrade defensively behind the plate using expendable minor league assets to improve.
Sanchez for deGrom straight up? Put the pipe down. You’ve been hitting it too hard.
At the Mendoza line? Starting pitching trumps a 25/30HR a year catcher that’s hits around or below .200. Unless he is a polished defender as well, then the conversation changes.
.191 is best offensive catcher in the league?
Yeah if only he could…you know… catch… like his position implies.
Yes. But Yankees win the WS if Sanchez is not playing defensive catcher for them last year.
Yup cuz all we look at is BA in 2018
When pitching gets tougher in the playoffs you need to put the bat on the ball to win. The Astros proved that last year after dumping their strikeouts.
Gary Sanchez had one of the biggest hits in the postseason against the Astros
I thought your post was funny, but I misread thinking you said that he had allowed one of the greatest runs to cross home plate.
Hey Rocky-Thanks for sharing your windshield assessment. And certainly Sanchez has had a tough season. However he is not one of the worst defensive catchers in baseball–though your metsie’s have a couple themselves. He does let way too many pitches out of his glove; however Sanchez arm and ability to throw out runners is towards the top of the league.
He also had two game losing plays due to his inability to receive that.
Gary, metric wise, is unique for his position offensively. However, anyone could tell you that producing could be recovered elsewhere at a position that wasn’t dependent on defense.
You have to receive that ball in order to throw it.
His blocking and receiving abilities almost negate his arm though. All things considered he’s probably a league average defensive catcher
Didn’t he also have major defensive laps that cost the Yankees?
Realmuto is the best offensive catcher in the league. End of story.
5.05 FIP last year and 4.80 FIP this year equals unhittable? With a well below average K%? Give me a break
So is Matz hittable when on the DL?
Many times, the callers are usually stupid. Especially, when the topic is Gary Sanchez… It’s worse there than the trolls in these threads… Yankee fans? Lmao
Meant to say I question them being Yankee fans.
Gary Sanchez is the man.
The man who lets pitches go by between his legs
The man who kicked a player when he was already down on the ground.
Yeah, that’s not gonna work. Offensive minded catchers are hard to come by.
Is Steve Summers still on there!?
He was implying that the pitching is terrible on New York and I agree.
Typical idiot caller.
Might be the best opportunity the Yankees have to get a “quality” SP’er at the deadline. Like the piece says the 2 power brokers know each other.
I believe Angels’ demands will result in a fair trade. You would probably be the #1 team I would not mind doing a trade with.
As an Astros fan, I won’t lie, I would hate to see Skaggs in a Yankee uniform come October. The guy always seems to give the Astros fits when healthy. However, given how out of touch the Angels’ front office is, and Mike Sciossa runs the show there, I don’t think they are smart enough to make that trade.
Seriously, sciossa needs be thrown out on his butt. Guy has the best player in the world, the front office finally adds around him, and they still are no where near contenders.
Oh well, have Jose Altuve as the face of baseball isn’t that bad of a result because of the angels lost opportunity.
They’re nowhere near contenders because the whole team is injured.
Yea he must have compromising photos of Moreno and his family because he should have been fired 10 yrs ago!
At this point isn’t every team a target of the Yankees? They’re always reported to be in on everyone.
Not as much as the Dodgers.
Yes. Every new York journalist and ESPN announcer act as if every other teams’ players are available to the Yankees, whom wouldn’t have to include Torres, sheffield, or Frazier.
It’s very annoying, the other 29 MLB teams are not the Yankees Farm system.
It’s not the Yankees Fans’ fault though since they’re just repeating the nonsense stated by the NY media
could yall see the rangers trade cole hamels and trade for zach wheeler for the future because they did that when they trade for hamels, it was not for that season
Cole had a big contract the Phils were looking to dump as they decided to enter a rebuild. Wouldn’t say he was a trade for the future, but he certainly was an addition.
Yes, but then again, I have a very low opinion of Jon Daniels since the man hasn’t really accomplished anything absent the influence of Nolan Ryan.
The Mets wouldn’t make that trade due to financials. The Rangers would, but it’s the exact wrong thing for them to do since they are about 3-4 years away from competing in their division, and that’s assuming everything goes right. Which is unlikely since Mazarra, Odor and Gallo have show really bad regression.
Sixto Sanchez, Adam Heasley, Arquimedes Gamboa, and Adonis Medina for Mike Trout.
Don’t do drugs, kids.
You just want to see Anaheim burned to the ground.
Skaggs for yanks freicer Perez?!
That’s just one of the several pieces that’d go back to the Angels, sure. And it certainly wouldn’t be the best piece going back, either.
Why do these reporters put out this BS? They’re either making crap up or believing blatantly false info from their “sources”. Matz had a 5.05 FIP last year and a 4.80 FIP this year. Well below average peripherals. The Mets obviously don’t consider him an ace so stop reporting such nonsense. And the Astros have a high opinion of Iglesias? Who knew! Or how about Crasnick the other day with a report from his “scout” saying that Kirby Yates won’t get a big return because he’s only had 3 good months (are we just ignoring his entire 2017 season?). It’s nonstop with these ridiculous “rumors”. It’s a shame these writers make money off clicks. They put out BS stories for gullible fans instead of reporting facts. Sports journalism is pretty much dead.
Journalism, in general is dead. They love dividing the country like they love starting arguments over trades trades that will never happen. When I was a kid, I would go to Fenway Park with my Yankees hat on and not get harassed and spit on. Same went for any fan in any ballpark. Same went for politics. Now you can be assaulted simply by disagreeing. People need to understand that all the arguments, editorials or protests are not going to change anyone’s viewpoint, affiliation, or team preference.computer
Eovaldi is the same Eovaldi he has been his whole career. Guy has some great starts, horrendous starts and mediocre starts. He’s not a pitcher you can count on every 5th day. I’d welcome him to the Yanks, but wouldn’t give up much of value.
One has to ask if he’s better than anyone currently on the staff. The answer to that is no, which is why he’s a Ray. I think GM’s forget that and drink the Kool-aid.
Skaggs and Heaney have multiple years of cheap control. The Yankees would have to severely overpay considering the Angels are in the heart of Trout Ohtani Simmonds window. Like Torres overpay.
Mission control, there are no signs of intelligent life here
Doubtful the Yanks would even consider trading Torres for either Skaggs or Heaney.
Yep, it doesn’t make any sense that it would take just a couple non blue chip prospects. A good starting pitcher with lots of team control is worth a whole lot.
I doubt they’d trade Torres, but they’d certainly get a couple great prospects in return.
Why would the Angels trade a break out starter with years of control when the Angels themselves need starting pitching in the coming years? Trade away a pitcher for a young catcher and then plan to sign an elite starter in the offseason?
Not suggesting anything. But, what would a Mike Trout trade even look like if they wanted to trade him?
Probably the whole state of Texas.
There is probably only 3-4 teams that have the resources for him but I think Trout framework would be:
Yankees: Torres, Frazier, Adams, Sheffield, Florial and Tate.
That would get the Angels attention and they would seriously have to entertain that.
Swap Tate with Losiaga if preferred as well.
To actually get something like this done it would have to be something along the lines of:
Angels get as many of the players under the age of 26 throughout the entire system (including MLB roster) as they like, with no limitations or exclusions.
Yankees get Trout.
That’s the only way to make a fair deal. In other words, you have to blow up your entire farm system plus nearly all your young cost controlled MLB assets to get Trout.
You guys do realize trout is gone in 2 years right?
And the chances of the Angel’s winning the next two years are slim to none.
You guys do realize trout is gone in 2 years right?
And the chances of the Angel’s winning the next two years are slim to none.i
So? We’re talking one of the greatest players in history.
He will never be traded. He’s worth far more to the team than simply winnin games. He’s a franchise face, the fans would burn the stadium to the ground
Yes, I realize this won’t happen, Hypothetical situation…
But, what would it take to get Mike Trout to Atlanta. How big of a package of MLB ready & top prospects..
A price you wouldn’t want to pay starting with Acuna Jr. and add 3-4 more pieces you’d hate to lose.
Lamborghini’s aren’t cheap.
I’m not one to get hung up on prospects like some. If it brought Trout to Atlanta, I’d be ok with it. Include Acuna. Personally, I think it’s 50/50 if he becomes a star. He’s young, but I’d take the great years of Trout knowing he’d be a star.
Trout makes 34 million now. Too rich for Atlanta blood.
Atlanta can afford it next year. #letsgotroutfishing
I hear a theme that players like Cincinnati. I think they are quietly building something good.
The Reds are also playing well now. It’s time to stop the rebuild and build on to what we already have—and that includes keeping Iglesias.
Where do we turn for starting pitching help and what do we give up?
I believe the Reds will actually sign some good free agents this winter, at least one strong Starting Pitcher.
Do they make a serious run at Zach Wheeler?
Eovaldi, Minor, Fulmer, and Skaggs are all pitching well right now and would be good options for the Yanks.
Except Skaggs is the only one pitching well out of that group
Fulmer’s been awful. Eovaldi couldn’t get anybody out in his last start.
Let me Fix that for you.
Eovaldi, Minor, and Fulmer are pitching like crap right now and are not good options for the Yankees.
….yea much better
How would they trade Skaggs and Heaney? They’re all that’s left on the pitching staff, literally not enough bodies to fill the rotation if they are moved.
Sanchez plus the top 5 Yankee prospects doesn’t net them deGrom and Realmutto. The latter being a much more valued asset around league than Sanchez. The Marlins gave away a lot of players, but an elite defensive C who can also hit and run is a scare commodity. With the golf ball they use now, HRs come much easier, and thus carry less value, than they did historically. Today, a guy can hit 35-40 HRs and have trouble getting a big contract in FA if he has other deficiencies. Whereas, few good teams want a poor defensive C any longer.
Angels trading Skaggs or Heaney makes no sense. I don’t see why the Angels would sell this year. The two are under control for the next two and three seasons, respectively, and it’s not like the Angels have any other valuable assets to trade (if only Luis Valbuena were one!). By not selling, the Angels have nothing to lose. They have a talented, playoff-caliber squad, but they just can’t stay healthy.
Completely disagree. Going on the 3rd year in a row of being 20 games out, under .500, and can’t sniff The playoffs. It’s time for baseball people to be hired and for Arte back away….. Thjs team needs a complete overhaul.
So what makes it look like the Angels will finish under .500 and 20 games out?
HaloShane is a troll. Check any thread. The boy has no life.
HaloShane is the Angels of MLBTR: Not baseball smart and to be honest just not smart. He is this sites Donald Trump.
You gotta love when some crybaby liberal just has to inject his politics into a conversation that had nothing to do with it.
Says Shanes alias. Trolls are trolls.
Not saying I like politics here but how do you know he’s a liberal?
Sorry, but I don’t look at the Angels and think playoff caliber.. at all.
Trout is amazing obviously and Simmons is a hell of a player, but who else in that lineup is even above average? I’ll give you Ohtani, though IMO he’s on the way for an injury filled regression next year.
The lineup is weak, the Angels will not be able to compete with Houston, or possibly even a young Athletics team and an in their wondow Mariners.
The Angels’ pitching is not a problem. Skaggs (who should be an AS), Heaney, Pena, and Barria have all been solid. The bullpen has gotten it together too.
Despite all the injuries to pitchers, he lineup has been the issue this season. When the Angels score 4+ runs, they are 39-10. When they score fewer than 4 runs, they are 10-38.
Who else in the Angels’ lineup is/can be above average? Justin Upton hit 35 HR and drove in more than 100 runs last year. In his last seven games, Kole Calhoun has hit four home runs with an OPS around 1.200. David Fletcher is a good contact hitter who reminds me of Simmons. Add Martin Maldonado, the reigning gold glove winner and one of the best defensive catchers in the game.
If Upton can heat up and Calhoun keeps it up, the Angels can have the best outfield in baseball. Add an infield of Simmons, Fletcher, and a league-average Ian Kinsler and Albert Pujols as well as Shohei Ohtani, this team can score four runs a game consistently.
Additionally, the Mariners are just 2-7 in their last nine. The Mariners’ lineup doesn’t look any better than the Angels’. Cruz, Span, Haniger, Seager, and Segura are the only hitters above/around league average.
Ever since the beginning of May-ish, the Angels’ lineup has just been under-performing, and there’s no reason to believe this team won’t be in contention for the next few seasons.
Being the Angels organization is not very baseball smart…… We can only keep our fingers crossed that are sellers and not buyers. Unfortunately this organization is not going anywhere fast and will lose Trout to a team that wants to win.
Right HaloSh…Err Boogaloo.
Don’t trade our only pitchers left from our hospital corps…… trade position players for young healthy pitching, like Sean Newcombe……
They already had Newcomb once before they traded him for Simmons.
As a Braves fan no thanks on Eovaldi