Reports surfaced Wednesday involving the LA Angels interest in Miami Marlins superstar slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Can the Halos actually land the MLB leader in big flies?
The LA Angels acquiring Giancarlo Stanton is nearly impossible. I just wanted to make that clear from the start. It is a pipe dream, and is all but impossible.
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But can you imagine?
However, it is not happening. The Halos are already pressed against the luxury tax, and with Mike Trout drawing closer and closer to free agency, they need to look to the future. Signing Stanton would make it extremely difficult to resign Trout, and even if the Angels were able to do that, they’d be hard pressed for other talent to contend.
Nonetheless, let us ponder. Outside of Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons, the Halos do not have any untouchable players. Albert Pujols cannot be involved in the deal because of his no-trade clause, so his contract will still be on the books. The Angels do not have the farm system to contend with teams like the Dodgers, Red Sox, and Yankees in a Stanton bidding war.
The Halos are reported to be very engaged in waiver wire trades. However, dealing for a large piece like Stanton could ruin the chemistry the Halos have going for them right now. They have been playing like one of the best teams in the MLB this month. They should not deal the little prospects they have for a big name. Instead, they should stick to their guns and just ride this wave they have been on.
Dealing for Stanton would ruin what the Angels have been doing the past few years. They are rebuilding their farm system, and playing money ball with value finds like Blake Parker, Yusmeiro Petit, and Bud Norris. This move would give them no financial flexibility for years to come and possibly move Trout out of Anaheim.