Sep 27, 2012; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (43) heads to the dugout after being relieved during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PREWIRE

The Angels Need One More Move

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.

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  • dubinsky

    excellent points about not trading Trumbo or Morales, but failing to do so probably means that the Angels won’t be able to secure a number 2 or 3 starter. Bourjos hasn’t that much value.

    best move for the Angels in further free agency would be to sign a closer….Rafael Soriano is out there, pricey but worth it for a team that had far too many blown saves last season.

    • Guest

      You do realize that the bullpen has already been significantly upgraded and that Soriano is looking for a long term deal that will pay him $10-15m per year right? That is NOT what the Angels need. I trust DiPoto, you never know when he’ll pull off a good move.

      • dubinsky

        I realize that the bullpen has been upgrade, but am not sold on the utter reliability of the moves.

        Soriano WAS seeking Fort Knox. he was paid lavishly in NY and his agent convinced him that he could do better than the $14 million he could have gotten from the Yankees for this upcoming season.
        That might be far far more than anyone will pay him on a per season basis and he might be willing to sign for a couple of years and barely top $14.

        his performance in NY last year was suberb