I don’t know if you checked out MLB Trade Rumors today. It’s a relatively slow week around MLB. The week around the big holidays usually are. There was an interesting note that I saw on there though. Remember when Carlos Marmol was almost traded for Dan Haren pre-free agency? Well apparently, that wasn’t the only deal on the table.
The Angels offered Peter Bourjos and an infielder for Marmol according to ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine. That got me wondering, who was the infielder? How would this off-season be different if this had happened?Well, for one thing, the team would have a hole at third base. Alberto Callaspo had to be the guy. It wouldn’t be Erick Aybar or Howard Kendrick since the Cubs have Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro. It wouldn’t have been Albert Pujols. If it wasn’t Callaspo, would it be Andrew Romine?
I think Josh Hamilton would’ve been a bigger need for the club too, because Vernon Wells may have had a bigger role if the club didn’t send out Kendrys Morales for Jason Vargas or maybe a different starting pitcher.
Sometimes the best moves are the ones you don’t make. To me, the Angels are a better club today because that Bourjos plus an infielder trade didn’t happen. We’ll see if I’m right as the season begins, but to me, the Angels are better off.