The LA Angels are (remarkably) still in the Wild Card Race. Ervin Santana has (remarkably) been an ace this season. You can see where this is going.
The LA Angels need to play it safe. They are not the best team in baseball. There are five teams between them and the Wild Card game. They do not have the assets to trade for a star to put them over the top. However, just standing pat will likely end in no postseason. Ervin Santana is the perfect fit.
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Ervin Santana came out of nowhere this season. He is 11-6 with a 2.99 ERA for the Minnesota Twins this season, acting as their ace. Santana was named to his first All-Star team since 2008, when he made it as an Angel. He is the perfect trade target for the Halos. He won’t cost much, and has only one year left on his deal.
With the Halo rotation in shambles with the absence of Matt Shoemaker, Garrett Richards, Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, and Nick Tropeano, something has to be done if the playoffs are to even be dreamt of. Ervin Santana can fill that hole, even if he regresses throughout the rest of the season.
The Halo bullpen, while it has been elite this year, is also showing signs of overuse. While the open rotation spots have allowed young guns to show their stuff, the Angels need experienced starters for a playoff push.
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Ervin Santana would immediately be the best (healthy) starter for the Halos. Plus, in the magical 2002 season, the Halos traded for Alex Ochoa at the deadline. He would go on to hit .277 of the bench for the Halos.
With the Angels in potential purgatory, resting between tanking and contending, a move for Santana would clear their intentions up. With so much uncertainty for the Halos going into the homestretch this year, and beyond, a familiar face like Santana would do good for the team.