Can the LA Angels Land Mike Moustakas?

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: American League All-Star Mike Trout
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 14: American League All-Star Mike Trout /

The LA Angels had a huge hole at third base this season, while also missing that one big bat that makes a lineup lethal. Mike Moustakas could fill both.

The LA Angels had Luis Valbuena and Yunel Escobar at third base for the majority of their games in 2017. However, Escobar regressed dramatically and Valbuena is nothing more than a platoon player.

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With Josh Hamilton‘s contract finally coming off the books this offseason, the Angels will have some money to spend. While many fans will want a big arm to bolster the rotation, the Halos would be better off going for a big bat. Their starting rotation is good, they just need to stay healthy for a season.

The Angels have been rumored as potential suitors for the Kansas City Royals Mike Moustakas. Moustakas is in the midst of his prime years as a ballplayer and it has shown this season. He hit .274 with 38 home runs on the season and 85 RBI’s. It has arguably been his best season yet, and he still has a few years of great baseball in front of him.

Moustakas would be likely be slotted in the third spot in the Halos lineup. Right in front of Mike Trout and in front of Albert Pujols, he’d have plenty of RBI and run opportunities. If the Halos are able to convince Justin Upton to opt-in to his current contract, it would make the top of their lineup absolutely lethal.

Moustakas would also fill the third base hole. He has been an above-average third baseman for years, and seems like the kind of player who would regress later in his career than the average ballplayer.

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We have yet to see general manager Billy Eppler break the bank for a player. However, Moustakas should be the first.

Moustakas has more than a few potential landing spots. The Halos are joined by the Yankees, Giants, and Royals as the top suitors. However, the Royals may have trouble resigning him as they have Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer hitting free agency as well. They have been rumored to be offering more than a $100 million deal to Hosmer. This would make things difficult when resigning Cain and Moustakas.

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The LA Angels were close in 2017. They almost made it. However, they needed that one big bat to push their offense over the top. Moustakas could be it, and the Angels shouldn’t be scared to break the bank for him.