Halo Hangout staff pulls off another MOCK Trade to improve LA Angels

SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 19: Martin Prado
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 19: Martin Prado /

Your Halo Hangout staff acting as LA Angels general managers pulled off another deal today that should improve the team for the upcoming season.  The Angels rolled the dice to acquire an experienced third baseman who can fill many holes.

The LA Angels agreed to a deal with the Miami Marlins to acquire third baseman Martin Prado who can also playing first or second base and even outfield.  Prado was the main component of the deal that also netted the Angels the services of veteran right-hander  Dan Straily and one of the Marlins top 20 prospects LHP Jose Quijada.  In exchange the Angels traded away pitcher Troy Scribner and reliever Brooks Pounders.

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The Angels have been looking for a solid right-hand hitting third baseman and Prado fits that bill.  Prado is a lifetime .291 with 97 homers and 576 RBI’s.  Prado also carries a .340 OBP as well.  Prado could very well be a platoon player since he can play and he hits right handers which is exactly what the Angels wanted.  Prado was injured for a good part of last year, but his experience and knack for hitting are an asset to many teams.

In addition the Angels got starting pitcher Dan Straily from the Marlins who went 10-9 with a 4.26 ERA  and a 1.30 WHIP.  He also struck out 170 batters in 181.2 IP.  Straily will be a number three or number four starter potentially for the Angels.  In addition the Angels received a top 20 prospect from the Marlins Jose Quijada who has a live arm with a mid-90’s fastball and has pitched very well in the low Minors who is 15-8 with a 2.72 ERA striking out 201 batters in 188.1 innings and he also has a WHIP of 1.09.

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The Angels gave up in the deal pitchers Brooks Pounders and Troy Scribner.  Pounders was acquired from the Royals in mid-season but never could seem to get on track for the Angels.  Pounders posted a 1-0 record with a 10.45 ERA and a 2.13 WHIP.  He did strike out 12 batters in 10.2 innings.  He had a similar record in 2016 with the Royals going 2-1 9.24 ERA with a 1.73 WHIP.  Pounders pitched 12.1 innings and struck out 13 batters.

Scribner on the other hand had some success as a spot starter and a middle reliever for the Angels in 2017.  Scribner was 2-1 with a 4.18 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 23.2 innings.

Now with Dan Straily in the fold and the pending signing of Jason Vargas close to happening the loss of Parker Bridwell (Cesar Hernandez trade) and now Scribner has been lessened.

The only negative part of the deal is that Prado has two years left on his contract worth approximately 13 million per year.  A little more payroll than the Angels wanted to take on, but in the end it could be worth it and then some.  We will find out soon enough.

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Stay tuned for more potential moves in the next two days before our MOCK Winter Meetings end tomorrow night.