So, are the Nationals really out of the picture for Bryce Harper, as owner Mark Lerner strongly suggested recently? Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post writes that he’s not yet sold that the incumbent Nats have completely bid adieu to their franchise-defining star. It’s an interesting read for fans to contemplate as Harper’s still-uncertain market continues to evolve … particularly now that president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo nudged the door back open to a return in an interview today on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM (Twitter link).
Here are the latest free agent notes emanating from the Winter Meetings:
- Free agent lefty Andrew Miller is among the relievers drawing wide interest, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription link). Nine teams, in fact, are knocking down the doors of Miller’s reps. It’s hardly surprising to hear that the veteran has interested about a third of the league. After all, there are indications he may be returning to full health, and he’s among the game’s best relievers when he’s at full speed.
- Right-handed reliever Joe Kelly is also among those hurlers who is getting plenty of calls, as Rob Bradford of WEEI.com writes. Kelly’s physical tools — especially, a blistering heater — have never been in doubt, and he showed some promise of turning them into sustainable productivity late in 2018 with some notable pitch usage tweaks and a strong postseason run. Entering the winter, MLBTR predicted that Kelly would match Miller with a three-year, $27MM deal.
- It’s still difficult to get a sense of the precise teams to watch on most relievers. The same is largely true, it seems, of lefty starter Dallas Keuchel. He’s the most accomplished hurler on the market, but there’s also clearly some cause for trepidation as to how he’ll age. There are also conflicting signals now as to his top suitors. Jon Heyman of Fancred (Twitter links) recently said that Keuchel topped the Braves’ “wish list,” with the Reds and Phillies the other two “primary teams” involved in his market. But MLB.com’s Mark Bowman strongly contests that characterization, tweeting that the Atlanta organization has not even “had any discussions regarding Keuchel” to this point. And Heyman now tweets that the Atlanta organization is “not currently engaged” with Keuchel. The bottom line seems to be that, even if the Braves would like to add Keuchl (or another particular hurler), they are not interested in chasing the market on any specific starter.
- To this point, it has been hard to gauge the Angels’ stance on the market this winter. While the organization no doubt hopes to add pieces in a bid to build a winner around Mike Trout, financial restraints, rotation questions, and a challenging division pose barriers. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes (subscription link) that the Halos were in on both Patrick Corbin and Nathan Eovaldi before they signed elsewhere, perhaps indicating that the club will knock on some other notable doors over the coming weeks. MLBTR’s in-depth recent assessment of the Angels’ payroll situation reveals that there could be some real money to work with, though precisely how much and how it’ll be deployed remains to be seen.
Gotta trade Trout. If not this offseason, next.
That’d be like the Yankees trading Babe Ruth in his prime (which was pretty much his entire career). Trout is era-defining good; he will never be traded.
The difference is that Babe Ruth was on the Sox and Yanks before free agency was a thing.
So….Murderer’s Row (1927 Yankees) would be:
Babe Ruth = Mike Trout
Lou Gehrig = Albert Pujols?
Mark Koenig = Andrelton Simmons?
Earle Combs = Justin Upton?
Bob Meusel = Kole Calhoun?
Tony Lazzeri = Shohei Ohtani? Ohtani being called Babe Ruth is really throwing me off.
Yup, that’s what I hear from
Mike Trout is NOT, I repeat, NOT comparable to Babe Ruth yet and probably never will be. He’s a great player but some on…
if you google search, :”How to lose a fanbase” this comment would appear
The Angels have a fanbase?
four million fans over four years in a row, a million each of the last four years,
I’ve just never seen one out in the wild. Good for them, though.
“Out in the wild” is one of my new favorite phrases
Angel’s had 3 million in attendance for the 16th year in a row. Only the Angel’s and Yankees have drawn 3 million a year since 2003. There are a lot of Angel’s fans
@baseballpun i guess for you ignorance is bliss.
Haha Haha, omg
Trout will never be traded. That’d be like the Lakers trading LeBron; it just will never happen. The only way he doesn’t stay an Angel would be if he gets a fantastic offer in free agency. Angels have the money to keep him and to build around him. SPEND SOME DOUGH GUYS
*Arte Moreno signs Nelson Cruz to 5 year $125 million contract*
When Lebron gets bored playing in LA he’ll get himself traded or whatever. Ho hum
That’s not even close to comparable… A prime Mike Trout, that has been with the Angels since day 1, means a heck of a lot more to the Angels organization/fan base than an aging LeBron does to the Lakers.
While I agree that he shouldn’t be traded and likely the Angels would not get back his full value because of how ridiculously good he is and will likely continue to be for years to come….it is nothing like Lebron. Lebron started in CLE, went to MIA, then back to CLE, then to LAL. That is uhm…not the same.
He could be like Jeter in that him leaving is never really a serious thing and there is likely similar loyalty, but there can be a baseball argument (eventually) to move him…even at $0.80 on the dollar because the LAA have a bad farm and some ugly contracts that will hold them back for years to come…*cough* Pujols *cough*
The Angels currently have a top 10 farm system.
But the difference is, Babe’s Yankees were a dynasty, Trout’s Angels are garbage and they need young talent, they are wasting his career
I agree. How many teams are left w nothing, but a draft pick after they failed to capitalize on current conditions? KC w Cain/Moose. TOR w Donaldson…list goes on.
AZ finally set the tone by trading Goldy. I think teams see this is necessary if there’s no hope to contend. Trout should be traded.
Problem is, no team has the package to do it. Or at least is willing to part w that package. MLB-ready players and top prospects for ONE guy. That’s a tough sell.
He’s 27, a generational talent and he’s in the prime of his career. I would think the Angels could name their price and all 29 teams would fall all over each other to give the Angels whatever they want. They’d get a Herschel Walker-esque return for him.
No they wouldn’t. The Walker deal was heavy with draft picks, as well.
The only teams who would trade for him are big market. Teams are going to want a shot at signing him long yerm for what they will give up
He can’t win it by himself.
That eliminates a huge part of the league.
You’d have to have a ton of prospects, too or have bench guys you think can replace the staters you give up.
You just elimated more teams.
There are, probably 5 teams, tops who can afford it, have the depth to do it and need to do it…
The Braves might actually do this if the Angels wanted to.
Inciarte; Pache or Riley; pick 1 of Wright, Soroka, Touki, or Anderson; and pick 2 of Allard, Wilson, Gohara, or Fried.
5 for 1 and a lot of top talent there to choose from. That still leaves Atl with pitching depth and potentially soldifies the Angels rotation for years to come.
Obviously not likely, but I think it could be something like that. Inciarte plus 4 top 100 prospects, or just graduated from the prospect list.
Acuna would need to be involved in addition to gutting your farm and mlb talent. Doubt that would happen from braves perspective.
Well obviously if Acuna was involved at all it would not happen. I would rather have Acuna for 6 years then Trout for 2
Buddy pache or Riley? You’re giving them all up and Albies if you think there’s any chance you’d get trout. The amount of talent that you’d be sending would be sickening and I’d still consider it a huge win if you disnt have to part with Acuna
ATL would need to include Azuna, WAS would need to include Soto, etc. Trout is literally the one player in the league that warrants picking basically anyone off of your 40 man roster if it means landing him for his prime years…aka..now. Part of me wants him to move to another city (just not BOS, NYY, or LAD) . He doesn’t seem like the type to force a move, and the club should only really move him with his blessing because he has stuck with them during some pretty lean years.
You get Trout for his age 27 and 28 season (through 2020). Two years of control. You’re not getting Acuna, Soto, or Snell. All 3 of those players are controlled through 2023. This is why I said they aren’t a good fit.
The next tier is fine though, and no one would be untouchable. Think of this deal with the Phillies:
Trout for Maikel Franco, Vince Velasquez, Adonis Medina, Adam Haseley, Mickey Moniak, Cole Irvin, Arquimedes Gamoba
The Angels would hang up the phone before you finished saying “Franco”
Trout has 2 years and $70 million left on his contract. Trading Acuna for him at this point would never happen.
It’s hard to imagine what Trout might bring in a trade. He’s the best player in MLB and it’s not close, plus he’s on a team friendly short term contract. He’s the ultimate “win now” piece. At the same time, can any team afford to gut their entire farm system for him?
I think the ideal candidate would be a mid market team which is already competitive and has a very strong farm system with several A level prospects. A team who can afford to get some free agency talent so they can offset the damage to the farm system from acquiring Trout.
If I was to wager, the Chicago White Sox would be the most likely partner today.
Jimenez + Kopech + Robert.
I think in trading a player of Trout’s status, you have to look at what the team’s biggest needs are and go from there. Say it is, in this order, SP-3B-RF-2B. So, as an FO, you scour other team’s 40 mans and minors for those specific players. Of course they can’t/won’t be just any players. They’ll be young ML roster players or near ML ready players. It will probably start with 2 SPs and go from there. They’ll all be high ceiling players and, of course, they’ll all come with lots of control left. Perhaps 1 or 2 that recently signed team friendly contracts, as well.
You are looking at a minimum of 5 players and possibly as many as 7. Depending on how many, and the level, of the package are still in the minors. It would take a team with a very highly ranked minors group and a ML team roster that is thought to be a strong contender.
trading for Trout would go something like this. Take a pen and paper, write down 20 prospects that the Angels would want. Then 20 more. Then another 20.
Dude’s making $70 million over the next 2 years. That isn’t exactly team friendly. Worth the money? Sure. But this isn’t Trout making $16 or $20 million like he was a couple years ago. He is already priced out of a lot of teams budgets.
Frazier, Ellsbury, and Florial for Trout– get it done, Cashman!
Even with sarcasm….ugh. Dumping Ellsbury is half a step below trying to move Pujols or Davis (BAL)….the contract is beyond ugly for a part-time player who probably should just retire. Ellsbury currently would be a 5th OF on a mediocre level team and likely not on the roster of anyone who sniffs the playoffs, even at league minimum.
Trout to the Yankees starts with Torres or Judge and then 4-5 top level prospects…he is that good. The only way a mix of MLB all-stars + prospects aren’t going back is if it was Betts + 2-3 top notch prospects….and Boston likely would be justified in saying no.
I don’t even know if Ellsbury for Pujols would be even. The Angels can still use his stature as a future Hall of Famer as a draw. Oh, and he actually plays.
tbh Pujols not playing would be more beneficial at this point.
Pujols playing actually hurts the team, lol.
Angel’s are a joke.
No GM is going to go down as the guy who traded Trout.
GO. GET. KEUCHEL.
If the reds get keuchel and a Fiers or Cahill type for two years they’re rotation would look like a much better match with their offense to win more games.
I’d like keuchel and Miley. If not Miley then Cahill would be a good option
This makes a lot of sense. Keuchel is the kind of guy the Reds gamble on and hope he doesn’t turn into a pumpkin and then a lesser guy you hope rebounds….someone like….Matt Harvey on a 1yr deal…maybe they can tack on a club option with a small buyout.
Three years only 27 million, Rays and Cards should both be in on that. I think I’d probably do the same on Kelly if he’ll take it.
I wouldn’t mind Miller or Kelly to help ol’ Sir Anthony in the back end of the Philly bullpen.
Really hoping Twins sign Kelly. Kelly and Austin on the same team should be fun
They both seem like nice guys and good teammates, just a friendly disagreement, you hear nothing but good things about both players personalities.
I still think the Nats have a shot to keep him. He is not going to get what he THINKS he is worth on the market. I think teams are more willing these days to allocate money to different needs than going all in for one player.
Remember how Yankees weren’t supposed to get Stanton?
History will repeat itself with Harper. Bring on the hate
that stanton trade was stupid anyways.
Fax and Stanton will hit 60 this year, due for a monster year. Let the haters hate.
Yeah because in nearly 700abs he hit 60 last year? Lol. Don’t think yanks get harper either.
Stanton has to hit 50-60 bombs to live up to that contract. Glad the Brewers got Yelich.
Stanton is a one dimensional player. Oh cool homeruns. Yelich is the better overall player. MVP speaks for itself
. . .Stanton also has an MVP.
Not that i necessarily disagree with you, but Stanton did win the MVP in 2017.
Id take yelich over stanton any day
Good God, yelich has a half great season and now hes a superstar.
He’ll be traded in 2 years anyway, no one wants to play in that garbage city.
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Nobody should get bullied for there thoughts, comments, or ideas!
I find the only bullies on here are the guys who feel there GM IQ is off the charts and if life were fair they too would be a GM with a resume of one wiffle ball backyard tournament won in 1988.
I fund the fact grown adulta cliam to he bullied on a message board apocalypse signalling
You love it.
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Uhm…Stanton had ALL of the leverage and said NYY or bust. That has zero percent to do with Harper’s current situation other than they are both OF who will be paid a lot of money.
Can you imagine how much it would take to trade for Trout? I can’t imagine a team being very competitive after trading away half their assets for that guy! I have no idea what it would take, but, especially this year, I think it would be just about impossible!
The Braves would be one of the few teams who could get it done. You’d probably be looking at 2-3 guys off their major league roster (Anyone other than Freeman, Donaldson, and Acuña Jr.) and maybe 2-3 of their top pitching prospects.
Hypothetically, would the Angels be better off with Inciarte, Albies, Touki, Wright, and Newcomb than they’d be with Trout? Would the Braves be better off with Trout than they would be keeping 3 of those guys and using the other two to fill other needs or depth?
There’s too much risk involved on either side in any Trout to any team. It stinks but losing him in free agency is better than trading him away from a PR standpoint.
Could you imagine their defense with Simba & Ender up the middle flanked by Kole Calhoun? You could plant Pujols in the OF with that lineup. Would be hilarious to give them back Newcomb.
I wouldn’t want to lose Trout in free agency. FYI: LAA Angels got Trout as a compensatory pick for ATL trading away Mark Teixeira knowing they couldn’t re-sign him once he hit free agency. Had they held onto him, they would have an extra compensatory pick during Trout’s draft…
So for that to happen then ATL trades for Trout and lose him in free agency – most likely to his hometown PHI would be a bit too much to bare.
Here we go again with this moronic idea from fans of some team that goes along the lines of “Angels shouldn’t declare anyone untouchable, even though Trout is the best player in the game.”
Also that fan: “Oh but here’s a few players on our team that are untouchable in a trade for Trout…”
Acuna would be untouchable for Trout! No Acuna is not as good as Trout…Trout is the best player in baseball hands down! no argument there from anyone. However 6 years of Acuna is more valuable to a team then 2 years of Trout. I love Trout! He is my favorite player, but as a Braves fan I would not trade Acuna for him.
Agreed. There is going to be a mix of untouchable depending on the team and situation. Guys that just did well in the majors and have that much control (Acuna, Soto, Snell), don’t really make sense because of their excess value right now. So yes, those types at the MLB level are probably close to untouchable.
But, everyone in a minor league system won’t be, or even young guys that are on MLB rosters but haven’t quite seen success.
I still think the best match for Trout would be Philly. He is from there, and they have top talent in the upper minors and MLB level. Plus, they would have the money to re-sign him long term.
I still think now is the best time to trade Trout though. You can maximize return, play off the hype of Ohtani as the new face of the franchise, and build for the next few years. By the time the big contracts are off the books, Trout will be a FA again and they don’t have prospects coming up to help anytime soon.
I love the exclusions to players who are untouchable in trade for Trout. If you trade for a player of his caliber, you don’t get to hold back.
Acuna would absolutely be part of the deal. Freeman would be needed to balance dollars, since Trout makes $34M a year currently. Your farm system would be decimated.
These are all reasons why the concept of “must trade Trout” identities the source as the weak link in his herd: The return is nearly incalculable, since Trout’s development is still on the ascendancy.
Still want to play?
@GeoKaplan that is not sound logic. There are very few players that would be untouchable, but there are definitely a few. Acuna, Soto, and Snell to name a few., which is why those teams aren’t good matches for him. The Braves aren’t trading Acuna because of the excess value and the fact that it’s 6 years of control vs 2. But, the Angels aren’t going to want to “lose” the trade at all, so the talent in return would have to be top prospects in the high upper minors or new additions to the MLB level that haven’t put up a year like guys like Acuna and Soto.
Think of a match like the Phillies, who could offer a lot of MLB ready talent in return for Trout. And no, Freeman would not be in a deal to “offset dollars”. Now you just created a new hole for the Braves. A team willing to trade for Trout probably doesn’t need to offset dollar amounts.
Trout is not better than Freeman and Acuna combined. That’s insane. Itd decimate Angel’s farm system to get Freeman if they wanted Freeman. Trout probably is the best mlb player right now, but hes not better than 2 mvp candidates from last year combined.
Yes I still want to “play.”
The idea of trading for Trout isn’t so you can have Trout, its so you can add him to your TEAM (Something your Angels have failed to do). What’s the point in acquiring Trout if it meant giving up Freeman and Acuña in the deal?
My HYPOTHETICAL was centered around the fact that it’d be hard for LAA to get near equal value just as hard as it would be for a team to have anything left after acquiring Trout.
Ecactly, ad I daid, his dalary idnt that bad for a few years, but teamd ate going to want to aign him to an extension, for what they give up
Miller – Brewers
Kelly – Braves
Kuechel – Phillies
Trout – Angels
swanhenge, as a phan, I agree that Kuechel is a nice fit for the Phillies. Better than J. A.
If you’re a Angel fan you don’t go to games just to see Justin Upton hit or Simmons field. Otani is a talent yes, however Trout is just special… best in the game. Angel fans would be very upset and attendance would plummet.
Totally agree. But they are definitely a great team to watch now. Highly recommend going to a road game to watch Ohtani hit batting practice. I’ve never seen anything like hit. Saw him two in Arlington over the top of the batters eye.
Haters aren’t thinking this through. Trout is thinking ‘21-‘30 not ‘19 (which isn’t a white flag for 19)
-Top 10 farm (and climbing because they keep drafting super high risk/reward athletes)
– all their core is sub 30 (trout, Simmonds, ohtani, Heaney, Skaggs, Barria)
– $20-40m coming off the books each season
-insecure owner who is competive and knows that Trout is special
-4b tv contract through ‘28
The Angels easily have a top 5 Future over the next decade
Now go sign: Kikuchi, Tyson Ross and trade for Sonny Gray, Epps
angels are garbage. deal with it..
But tell us what you really think.
Agreed whole heartedly
Except for maybe Tyson Ross
I think their are better arms available
Trout’s gonna have played a decade with no team success and then when half the league is ready to back up the truck for him he’s going to re-up with the Angels because of a hypothetical future?
don’t bother, he’s a delusional angels fan. trout WILL walk after 2020. there’s absolutely no way a generational talent like him doesn’t test FA.
Lol. Your response is just an emotional “naw.” I get it, the Wilpons created a lot of trauma for you.
Did you also buy Blockbuster stock in 2008 because their previous decade saw them stronger than Netflix?
Most of these decisions (especially by agents) are made based on future potential outcome versus past.
I’m just trying to elevate you my Yonkers brother.
Also, you forget that before the worst pitching injury season in modern (late May) the Angels we’re both the top team in the West and one of the top run differentials in baseball.
Don’t be the guy that signs a pitcher because of W-L record, peripherals don’t lie.
not a mets fan
The Angels TV deal was for $3 billion over 20 yrs and started in 2012 and ends in 2031, they receive on avg $150 mil a yr not the $400 mil your stating with $4 bil through 2028.
Wasn’t implying the 400 and iirc they have an opt-out in ‘29. You’re right the # is approx 150 + whatever annual rev share looks like.
Top ten farm, according to who?
Most rank them from 14-18.
Not exactly promising when you have that many holes to fill and 2 legitimate ML starters, lol
angels wont be contenders in 2019, leaving just 2020 for them to take advantage of trout. and he’s not signing an extension, as there’s no way he doesnt test FA. enjoy letting him walk and getting nothing in return.
AS a Braves fan, hope Philly signs Keuchel. Don’t want him.
At best, Keuchel is a more expensive Anibal Sanchez, and he would cost the Braves a 2nd round pick. Yes, by all means, go to the Phillies.
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I just want to nail down one or two of my predictions in the FA Contest. I literally have no rooting interest for any of these teams, but want to see these signings:
Britton and Kimbrel: Blue Jays
kimbrel isn’t going to the jays, period. makes zero sense for them to sign him.
Bryce/Machado are way up in the air
Kuechel to LAA makes some sense which is why they wont do it
Brantley sounds about right. They need a soft flop to replace Pence
TOR wont be in the running for any high dollar FAs
I don’t know – I think there are going to be some spoilers in the Machado and Harper signings. Just my guess. Keuchel to the Angels makes a ton of sense with Simmonds and Kozart so much. Brantley to Giants – interesting, but watch out for the Braves who have a big contender to sell. Britton and Kimbrel to Blue Jays. I don’t buy that they are going to make that big a bet with the Yankees and Red Sox looking so strong. I especially don’t think they can land Kimbrel as he’s likely to go to big contender.. Of course, you might be completely right. That’s what makes this so fun.
The cards should think about bringing Joe Kelly back, along with signing Britton/Miller and a lefty bat(Harper,etc).
Now that coppy is long gone, I’ve come to learn rumor surrounding the braves are mostly false. I still stand firm that the need for starting pitching takes a back seat to Relief pitching
I just can’t see a return to DC for Harper. Especially if the reported 10/300 is their top and final offer. The main reason is, Rendon is going to need to be paid after ’19. I’ve read the articles about how Rendon isn’t motivated by money, but you can’t just lowball the man and expect him to take it with a smile. They have a pretty young nucleus and can start looking at a strong post-Harper team over the next several years.
I really enjoy Rendon as a player. WAS is already in trouble with payroll looking into the future, so being able to retain him on a team friendly deal would be a huge get for them.
Harper to Yankees is going to happen!! A match made in heaven!!
I’m sure, just like you guys were “sure” Ohtani would be a Yankee.
They are actually one of the worst matches of those that are interested. You already have two corner-outfielders in Judge and Stanton, so Harper would have to play 1B and you’d be looking at $35M for a 1B for 10+ years.
It makes far more sense for them to go after Machado.
I think it makes more sense for them to keep loading up on pitching. They’ll have Didi back sometime soon – and there’s not a huge drop off there. (Granted some) Wouldn’t be surprised if them make a move on Realmuto and try to extend him. Huge upgrade in my opinion.
I mean, I thought they should have tried to get Yelich over Stanton. He would have been a perfect fit. But yes, they should have prioritized pitching, but they haven’t been willing to spend. They did get Paxton, which will help.
I don’t think they will get Realmuto because they don’t want to give up what it’ll take to get him, which is likely Torres, and the Marlins aren’t accepting a trade around Sanchez. And, another team will offer something better than them. The Braves have a lot of talent, and the Mets can offer something like Nimmo or even their version of Torres.
I’m shocked they were scared of one more year of Corbin, and that killed the deal. Their backup plans are terrible. Maybe Keuchel? I don’t think the Indians are trading them Kluber or Bauer because they’ll likely play each other in the playoffs.
The Yankees need at least one more legit pitcher to give them 150-180 innings because they have too many question marks between potential devastating injury (e.g. Tanaka’s elbow and 1 too many splitters), inconsistency (e.g. Severino & Gray), and then an aging guy like CC. Don’t get me wrong, on the right day any of those guys can pitch a great game, but 162 + the playoffs is a juggernaut and the Yankees just don’t have enough reliable guys to start for them.
What an idiot
Team wins a hundred games, adds Paxton and they dont have enough to get it done, lol.
Severino, Tanaka, Paxton.
How many teams have 3 better starters with no injury history or inconsistency?
Another Spankee hater that cares more about them than their own team.
Trout is the first face of the franchise player in the history of the organization. Moreno should make him a part owner before letting him go. He’ll sign the richest contract in the history of baseball – and he might even give them a franchise friendly deal. Luckily they draw the fans and they have some great minor league players on the rise. By now they should know if they are likely to extend him. If they are – expect a big winter in Anaheim. If not, I’m sad to say he might be moved in the summer if they aren’t in contention.
“Franchise defining” huh? Makes sense, both Harper and the Nationals are always talked up a lot and dont live up to it.
Harper is a great #2 star….but I just don’t think he can carry a franchise bc of his inconsistency. He’s had at least 1 MVP year, 1 replacement level year, and the rest in between. I’m not a Machado (as a person) fan…but I’d take him 10 out of 10 times if I’m gambling a $30 AAV contract for a decade. That said, I’d welcome Bryce to the Mets on a shorter deal, but that won’t happen because someone will give him $300m and it sure won’t be the Mets and their small market ownership.
Syndegaard, Nimmo ,
Alonso and Giminez
For Mike Trout.
Does that get it done ?
Surprised to read that the Angels were in on Patrick Corbin after they gave him AND Skaggs almost for free (Dan Haren) to Arizona a few years ago…. (Who was the GM who gave them away?)…..
Angel fans might be the dumbest group of fans out there. Its as if they dont know other players and teams exist.
The team stinks, has no pitching, a bad farm system and bloated contracts for has beens.
I can’t wait till Trout leaves in 2 years, it’s a shame hes wasting his career for that clueless organization.
If they had any brains they would trade him now. But the fan boy fan base cant handle not being able to say “we have the best player in the game”, lol
2 more 4th place finishes coming up in 19 and 20 before he gets ot of baseball oblivion.
The fact anyone thinks Kelly and Miller will both sign for $27/3..are either undervaluing Millers career history or over evaluating Kelly’s potential.. Kelly at $18 to $20M for 3 seems about right.
Angels aren’t as far away as you may think. If they sign three durable average to above average starters they will be able to contend especially with so many other teams in rebuilding mode. Once you make the playoffs anything can happen.