LA Angels Open to Trading Relievers
The LA Angels appear to be sellers going into the trade deadline. They have received calls on a number of relief pitchers, and people should not be surprised if they are dealt.
The LA Angels sit 5.5 games back of the second American League Wild Card spot. This comes after a disastrous loss which came at the hands of a seven run ninth inning comeback. The only Halo position that is garnering interest from contending teams is their bullpen.
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The bullpen was the most impressive part of the Angels team throughout the first half. However, all but a few players are falling apart in the pen. Despite the struggles as a group since the All-Star Game, a few names are still up for sale.
According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, David Hernandez, Yusmeiro Petit, and closer Bud Norris have been checked in on by multiple teams. The Angels are also reportedly willing to deal them all for prospects.
Petit has had a remarkably under-the-radar season for the Halos. He owns a 2.52 ERA, and has been one of the Angels best middle relievers while also making spot starts throughout the year. David Hernandez has been even better with a 2.29 ERA on the season, and not allowing a single big fly on the year.
Bud Norris, despite being a great story, is more than likely garnering little value at this point. He had a great first half filling in as the team’s closer, but has struggled in the second half of the season. He allowed nine runs in 36.1 innings before the All-Star Game. Since then, he has allowed nine runs in 5.1 innings pitched (per @TaylorBlakeWard).
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The Angels should still be actively pursuing trades involving all three players. Despite struggles from Cam Bedrosian and Keynan Middleton, they should still be considered the future of the Halos bullpen. Any prospects who could help future teams are more valuable than Norris, Petit, and Hernandez at this point.