Could the LA Angels be in the running for Jose Abreu?

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 12: Jose Abreu
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 12: Jose Abreu /

The LA Angels have made it clear they are looking to upgrade their first base position this offseason. While they have mostly been linked to free agents, could they possibly be trying to trade for the White Sox Jose Abreu?

In 2014, the LA Angels undrafted rookie phenom Matt Shoemaker finished second in American League Rookie of the Year voting. The man who beat him out is now on the trading block, as Jose Abreu does not fit within the White Sox rebuilding timeline. The Sox are in the early stages of a rebuild, and Abreu will be 31 come Opening Day in 2018.

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Earlier today, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that the White Sox were in trade talks with several teams, including the Boston Red Sox, for the veteran slugger. The other teams have yet to be named, but it makes sense for the Angels to test the waters.

Given that the Halos have one of the weaker farm systems in baseball, they’d likely have to target with some top prospects. Jo Adell or Jahmai Jones would have to be apart of the deal. However, they both project as center fielders so one is dispensable. If they group one of them with another top prospects and then some mid-level players, they could get the White Sox to deal Abreu to Anaheim.

Abreu would be a huge improvement for the Halos. In his four years career, the Cuban stud has hit .301 over his career with 124 long balls, 410 RBI’s, and a .359 on-base percentage. Sure, he’s now on the wrong side of 30. However, slotting Abreu behind Mike Trout and Justin Upton would be a lineup every team would fear.

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Acquiring Abreu would also make C.J Cron expendable. The return on Cron could add a nice prospect to the Angels system, which would desperately need it if this deal was to happen. Abreu is also projected to make only $40 million over the next two season. Given his production, this is a very valuable deal for any club employing him.

While they may not even be in the running for Abreu, the Halos need to seriously consider getting in the race.