Your Halo Hangout GM’s swing a MOCK DEAL to get LA Angels a second baseman.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Cesar Hernandez
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 09: Cesar Hernandez /

The LA Angels have had a revolving door at second base ever since they traded Howie Kendrick to the Dodgers to get Andrew Heaney.  Hopefully, Billy Eppler will make a move to address this. Your Halo Hangout crew did their best to do so.

The LA Angels in our mock Winter Meetings have agreed to a deal in principle with the Philadelphia Phillies to acquire second baseman Cesar Hernandez, reliever Victor Arano, and minor league left-handed pitching prospect Bailey Falter in exchange for outfield prospect Jahmai Jones, pitcher Parker Bridwell and $200,000 of International money.

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The deal addresses three needs the Angels have going into off-season.  First and foremost the Angels get a second baseman who has been a consistent hitter batting .294 the last two seasons and he has a career .282 average. Couple this with a .372 OBP over the past two seasons and Hernandez is perfect to be a lead-off hitter with decent speed stealing 52 bases over the last few seasons.

Hernandez has shown increasing power over the last few seasons hitting six homers in the 2016 season and nine homers last season.  Hernandez is also a very good fielder as well.  He also has three seasons remaining before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

Beside filling the Angels need for consistency at second base Hernandez can also lead-off and he is left-handed as well. In addition to Hernandez the Angels acquire one of the Phillies top 15 prospects Victor Arano.  The Angels also got minor league starter Bailey Falter.

Falter is 10-15 with a 3.11 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP.  He is a 6’4 lefty with a low-to-mid 90’s fastball and he struck out 189 batters in 202 innings in 42 games in the minors.  he is rated 19th overall in the Phillies minor league system.

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Arano is a right-handed reliever who has a mid-90’s fastball and is 17-25 with a 3.93 ERA and 1.22 WHIP since being signed from Mexico four years ago when he was 18 .  Arano has 334 strikeouts in 377.2 innings pitched in the minors.  He was called up to the Phillies late in the season and performed admirably pitching 10.2 innings with a 1.69 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP striking out 13 batters and only walking four.

As for what the Angels gave up it was definitely a hit as outfielder Jahmai Jones was one of the teams best young prospects.  However with the whole Angels outfield signed for the next four seasons plus the fact that the Angels still have a number of highly-talented outfielders in the minors (Brandon Marsh and Jordon Adell) we could sacrifice Jones to get a player that should really help the Angels over the next three years and possibly longer in Cesar Hernandez.

Jones’ numbers in two plus seasons in the minors are a .281 batting average with 20 homers and 97 RBI’s.  Jones has a .353 OBP and stole 63 bases as well. The Angels gave up right-handed pitcher Parker Bridwell.  Bridwell took the Angels by storm when he was brought up and inserted in the starting rotation near mid-season.

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Bridwell finished the 2017 season with a 10-3 record and a 3.91 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP.  He struck out 76 batters in 124.1 innings.  While those numbers were really good his whole minor career was not the same.  In his six plus seasons in the minor Bridwell had a 33-47 record with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. He did strike out 626 batters in 693.2 innings of work, but was very inconsistent.  This was part of the reasons the Orioles released Bridwell.

The thinking we had is that Bridwell while talented could be a flash in the pan and it is better to sell high.  Couple this with the fact that the Angels have potentially seven starters who are battling for five rotation spots.  Again we felt it was worth it to get what we were able to get and deal from areas of strength to do so.

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So let us know what you think of the deal. We have a few more in the works plus some potential free agent signings that you will hear about once they become finalized in the next few days.  Hope you have enjoyed hearing our Mock GM Meetings.