Clearly, the Angels are in win now mode. You don’t sign Josh Hamilton for the next five years and tie up almost $90 million in Albert Pujols, Jered Weaver, Hamilton and C.J. Wilson in a couple of years. This is a team and a organization looking for a ring and looking for it now. As I said earlier in the week, they are still an arm short.
Now is the time to act and get another starting pitcher. Whether it’s trading R.A. Dickey or Jonathon Niese. Whether it’s signing Kyle Lohse or Shawn Marcum. They need to get one more arm. It’s going to be easier to get an arm now then at the trade deadline, when there are teams who are in the race or think they are in the race.Trumbo can’t be the hitter that gets traded here. Bourjos has to be the one traded. He’s a cheap commodity at a time when centerfielders like B.J. Upton get $15 million in free agency, Bourjos makes the major league minimum.
If they trade Trumbo, they lose the extra power they got when Hamilton was signed. If they trade Kendrys Morales, they lose the additional left handed bat and the balance they attained when Hamilton was signed.
If they want to keep the depth that they have then signing a Lohse or a Marcum makes sense. The prices of free agents are rising and so the trade makes the most sense. The Angels need to act fast and act right now.