While I’ve been on a streak of talking about people who the Angels could pick up and stick on the bench, I’m going to add two more for the list, Jim Thome and Travis Hafner. Are both guys either old (Thome) or injury prone (Hafner)? Yes, but here’s how it works.
First of all, what if Mark Trumbo regresses. What if he is more the player we saw in the second half than we did in the first half? He only hit .227 in the second half while striking out 87 times. Thome and Hafner can give some protection at the DH spot. Also, let’s be honest, Josh Hamilton will miss some time at some point with some random injury like he does every season. Trumbo could play the outfield with either one at DH and adding some left-handed pop.Here’s another way it works. Imagine this scenario. Imagine it’s the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second and you’re down three. Peter Bourjos is due up and hasn’t gotten a hit all night. Tom Wilhelmsen or Joe Nathan is on the mound looking to shut the door with 40,000 people screaming. Do you want Thome up or do you want Bourjos up? That’s what I thought.
Are the Angels going to go this route? Probably not. They may not do something like this right away and it may be that the only way they do is a August 31st trade to add to the bench late. Don’t be surprised if something like this occurs, however, I would like the Angels to do it now rather than later.