The LA Angels Need to Deal Yunel Escobar
When the LA Angels traded for third baseman Yunel Escobar before the 2016 season, they gained a reliable hitter to leadoff their order. However, his best days are behind him and his potential replacement is tearing it up in the minors.
The LA Angels are in a weird situation. Should they buy at the trade deadline and try to replicate their 2002 postseason magic? Should they sell and try to improve a depleted farm system? Maybe they stick to their guns and hope for the best? Whatever the organization decides on, trading Yunel Escobar would be a smart decision.
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Escobar has taken a step back this season after being one of the best hitters in the American League in 2016. His batting average has dropped 20 points, and he has had injury problems. His slugging percentage has gone up, already topping his 2016 number of five home runs.
Escobar is still a solid contributor at the plate, and a contending team should have no problem dealing a decent prospect for Escobar. His contract expires after this season, giving the Halos another reason to part ways now.
The LA Angels also have a potential third baseman of the future waiting in the minor leagues. Kaleb Cowart has been in the Angels organization since 2010, when the Angels selected him in the first round. It has taken time for Cowart to find his groove, but he has been spectacular this season with the Triple-A Salt Lake City Bees. He has hit .306 with ten big flies, 47 RBI’s, and 18 stolen bases.
In his only game with the Halos this season, Cowart went 2-3 with a double and a walk. He also drove in two runs while scoring himself once. Although he has a career average of .167 in The Show, it may be time to see if Cowart is ready to contribute at a better pace.
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With an expiring contract, many possible suitors, and Cowart awaiting his chance, there is no reason as to why the Angels should keep Escobar on the team past the trade deadline.