Let me just start off by saying I hate the trade deadline when my LA Angels are looking to be sellers. That what would appear to be the case this season. The players that are likely to be traded are guys that I think the team should keep.
With the LA Angels bullpen imploding today it has thrust the LA Angels to be sellers this season. There is always a chance that Angels GM Billy Eppler decides to do a 180 and actually try to make some moves that could bolster the team for the stretch run. The Angels could use a bullpen arm possibly from the left side, or a second baseman that can both hit and field.
This is probably a pipe dream, but one can always hope. So let’s assume the Angels will be sellers this year again. Last season the Angels traded away mostly pitching getting rid of Fernando Salas, Joe Smith, and of course the big deal which was trading Hector Santiago for Alex Meyer and Ricky Nolasco.
So let’s look at who could possibly be on their way out of Anaheim.
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Closer Bud Norris – Although Norris’ last few outing have been pretty abysmal (9 runs given up in 1.1 innings) which has raised his ERA from 2.23 to 3.89 he has been very effective. Norris had never been a closer until this season when he was thrust into it due to injuries to Andrew Bailey and Cam Bedrosian. Norris has flourished in the role saving 16 of 19 games with 52 strikeouts in 41.2 innings.
With the fact that Norris has an expiring contract the Angels will try to get something for him.
Possible Destinations Include – Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
Yusmeiro Petit SP/RP – Petit is not a name you have heard about in trade rumors, but he could finding his way out of Anaheim. Petit is a very versatile pitcher, who can provide long relief and even start, but he could also bolster the back end of a contenders bullpen.
Petit is enjoying a bounce-back season in 2017 going 2-0 with a 2.52 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP. Petit has 64 strikeouts in 60.2 innings this season.
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Possible Destinations: Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Arizona, Houston, Seattle and Colorado.
Yunel Escobar 3B – Escobar may be the most likely player on the Angels roster to get traded as he is also the most sought after. as he has had two very solid seasons in Anaheim. This year Escobar is hitting .272 with six homers and 30 RBI’s. Escobar’s glove work is questionable, but he is what you call a professional hitter and would fit in nicely in many contending team’s line-ups.
Possible Destinations: Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, and Tampa Bay.
Cameron Maybin OF – Maybin would almost for sure have been trded if he had not sprained his MCL. Even if Maybin doesn’t go tomorrow he could still be headed to a contender before the end of August if he can come back healthy. Maybin is hitting .236 with six homers and 30 RBI’S. Maybin also has 25 stolen bases.
Possible Destinations: Milwaukee, Arizona, Colorado, and St. Louis.
David Hernandez RP- Hernandez came to Anaheim in an early season trade and he has flourished. Hernandez has been one of the top arms in the Angels bullpen all season. He is 1-0 with a 2.23 ERA striking out 37 in 36.1 innings. His WHIP is also a paltry 1.02. Hernandez will be in high demand as he can close, set-up relievers.
Possible Destinations : Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Milwaukee Brewers.