The LA Angels are making a lot of noise for a day off. They just acquired Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers, and are now sending Cameron Maybin to the division rival Houston Astros.
The LA Angels and general manager Billy Eppler are going all in this season. They dealt their number six prospect for Justin Upton, and are now sending Cameron Maybin to the Houston Astros to make room for Upton.
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These two moves are Eppler’s first big ones as general manager for the Angels. It was reported that the Angels would be very active on the waiver-trade market. With the deadline approaching, the Angels finally pulled the trigger and decided to buy on the season.
Maybin has had a solid season for the Halos. He was phenomenal when Mike Trout went to the disabled list, and has brought a certain attitude to the Angels, making himself a fan favorite. He hit .235 so far this year, but has also added 29 stolen bases with exceptional defense. While Upton is no doubt an upgrade, it will hurt to see Maybin playing within their division for the rest of the season.
Reports have come out that the Astros are trying to acquire pieces for a deal with Detroit where they acquire Justin Verlander. Maybin could be a backup piece if they send one of their outfielders.
The return on this deal will not be much. Maybin is a free agent after 2017, and is on the wrong side of 30 now. Hopefully the Angels can acquire a prospect who can help down the line. However, Halo fans should not get their hopes up.
The Angels have certainly done their part to fix an inconsistent offense. However, quality starting pitchers are still an issue. If the Angels receive any type of arm from Houston, whether a bullpen or starter, this deal could work out quite well for them.
It is always hard to say goodbye to a player who gives his all every time he is on the field, but Maybin’s time in Anaheim was likely done soon anyway. Hopefully, he does not pull a Matt Joyce or Mike Napoli and become an Angels killer every time they meet.