Los Angeles Angels need a fire sale to rebuild team
The Los Angeles Angels have been declared broken down completely and now have the second worst-record in the MLB. Call it June gloom or what, but the 8-19 record throughout the month speaks for itself.
A fire sale looks like a good scenario for the Los Angeles Angels, which starts down in the farm system with restocking it with prospects.
GM Billy Eppler told OC Register on Tuesday that no trade talks are in the mix even with the deadline right around the corner. Another reality check is that the franchise is cut short as far anyone who another team would think to acquire.
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The only two assets that might be trade caliber is third baseman Yunel Escobar and reliever Joe Smith. Albert Pujols‘s contract is too valuable and Mike Trout is just into his prime and getting rid of the face of the franchise would be an abomination to the fans.
Most Angel fans have been aware that the farm system has been depleted over the past decade, and risking to rebuild from the ground up could jeopardize an already presumed lost season. The Angels current state at this point is heading south in a hurry and Eppler is sure to understand the situation and not throw in the towel too soon.
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Many will say, however, that the downfall started when Moreno brought in Pujols and signed him to a 10-year deal and to be reminded of the dreadful Josh Hamilton signing, whom the Angels are still paying while sitting on the DL in Texas.
At some point, Eppler will look to replace long time manager Mike Scioscia down the road, which to many fans will be a start. Until then, it may turn out to be a long summer for Orange County sports fans. Fire sale or not, there are big pieces of the puzzle that have been missing for years, and starting over from the bottom might be the only salvation to save the organization.