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The LA Angels are in an awkward spot with the trade deadline approaching.
Should they buy or should they sell? This series will analyze a trade with each team. Some teams will buy from the Halos, some will sell, but all will trade.
This time around, we’ll be discussing a trade between the LA Angels and the Atlanta Braves. The Braves and Angels are both in similar spots. They are teased by playoff possibilities, but more than likely will not make it. The big difference, however, is that the Braves have the best farm system in baseball.
The Angels swing for the fences with this trade, acquiring Julio Teheran, one of the most talked about trade pieces in baseball since 2015. He is having a down season, with a 4.69 ERA at this point. However, Teheran has the stuff to be a legitimate frontline starter for the Halos. Him and Garrett Richards could form a dominant duo and make the playoffs legitimate contenders for years to come.
Obviously, the price to acquire Teheran would be pretty steep. With a poor farm system, the Angels would have to part ways with some valuable players. Atlanta is still in the phase of their rebuild where they will acquire the best players they can. However, the one position group they lack a little in is outfield. With Matt Kemp and Nick Markakis as two starters, they definitely need youth.
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Jahmai Jones has been the Halos #1 prospect for awhile now. He is a five-tool ballplayer who can steal 25 bases and hit 25 big flies if he power develops. He will be an extra-base hits machine, with exceptional fielding skills. Jones is still a couple years away from the MLB, though he was just called up to Single-A Advanced for the rest of the year. His development lines up perfectly with the Braves timeline, and would be a star outfielder for them.
Eduardo Paredes is a relief pitcher who has found success at every level he has pitched at. He has a brief stint in the MLB this season, and will be a heavy contributor in 2018. He has excellent command and control of his pitches, and has the stuff to be an ace out of the bullpen.
Jared Foster is another young outfielder in the Angels system. He is essentially a right-handed Darin Erstad. A two sport athlete in college, hits for contact but can drive the ball out of the park, and hustles enough to be an exceptional fielder. Unlike Jones, he could be ready for The Show as soon as next season.
The Angels more than likely will not make any splash moves this deadline. However, adding Teheran could be the solution to their starting pitcher woes.