The Top 10 Best Trades in Los Angeles Angels history
#7 – 11/5/14 = Angels trade catcher Hank Conger for pitcher Nick Tropeano and catcher Carlos Perez
The Los Angeles Angels made a small trade that no one really thought much of at the time, but it has already paid some dividends. The Angels traded away catcher Hank Conger to the Houston Astros during the off-season before 2015 season. While right now this trade doesn’t look as good with Nick Tropeano possibly facing Tommy John surgery on his elbow and Carlos Perez currently in the minors.
However, up until last week Tropeano was showing signs of major development this season and it looked as though he had solidified a spot in the Angels rotation for years to come. However, last Monday Tropeano had to come out of the game due to soreness in his elbow and now he could be headed for Tommy John surgery. Before his injury Tropeano was 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA in parts of two seasons with the Angels. When Tropeano returns from the DL hopefully he will picked up right where he left off. Only time will tell.
Carlos Perez came on last season down the stretch helping provide stability behind the plate both offensively and defensively which proved key in the Angels stretch run toward the playoffs in 2015. In 144 games over parts of two seasons Perez has hit eight homers with 44 RBI’s while batting .231. Definitely not spectacular his defense has been solid and he has earned the confidence of the Angels pitchers.
As for who the Angels gave up, Hank Conger he has been with two teams since the deal hitting 14 HR’s with 43 RBI’s batting .215. So for the Angels to get both Perez and Tropeano for just Conger was a hell of a deal despite where they are at this moment.
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