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Should the LA Angels Hang onto Yunel Escobar?

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June 14, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar (6) is called out at home plate in the seventh inning against Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
June 14, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar (6) is called out at home plate in the seventh inning against Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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The LA Angels trade rumors loom throughout Major League Baseball but this one in particular sparks a particular interest. The trading of Yunel Escobar.

The lead-off man Yunel Escobar is making a splash in his first year with the LA Angels. Creating offense and providing a little flair with his defensive skills. He has shown that he is a valuable asset to any team.

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After returning to the lineup after several days of rest Yunel Escobar, is batting .325 and has an OPS of .795, He has proved be one of the most productive hitters on the Angels squad. Also, providing something the Angels haven’t had in a long time, a good lead-off hitter. Not only is he a great lead-off hitter, but after having a full spring training at third he’s turned into a top-tier third-basemen. Having a strong throwing arm and providing some flair.

Yet his attitude really depends on a call going his way and it really shows. It shows in the form of laziness by not running all the way through to first or not hustling on a ball passed him.

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With his value going up teams like the New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, and San Francisco Giants. The Giants most likely being the top dog. A trade would be a great idea for the struggling Angels team. With them far from a decent playoff showing, the organization can focus on rebuilding. With a potential trade for either of these teams, the Angels could squeeze out at least two prospects who are almost big league ready. Yet, with these prospects they aren’t going to produce right away,’ unless they’re another Mike Trout or Corey Seager type talent. Escobar isn’t bad by any means, but his value can have a bigger outcome for the team by via trade.

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The Angels must focus on rebuilding since the post-season seems out of reach. The trading of Yunel Escobar for young talent seems like the right idea.

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