With a log jam in the outfield should LA Angels look to trade a prospect?
By David Rice
The LA Angels biggest strength is their outfield of Kole Calhoun, Justin Upton, and of course Mike Trout. Trout and Upton are signed through 2020 and 2022 respectively, & Calhoun is signed through next season.
The LA Angels outfield could change greatly after the next two seasons with Kole Calhoun being a potential free agent after the 2019 season (has a club option for 2020), and Mike Trout being a free agent after 2020. Justin Upton is signed through 2022 as well. So just suppose (fingers crossed) Trout signs an extension with the Angels in 2020 to stay with the for at least five more seasons. The Angels exercise the option on Calhoun’s contract and then Upton is still there as well. The Angels would have no room for their up and coming outfielders.
So with this being said, should the Angels trade one of their top prospects and get what they can for them or should they find creative ways to get them in the line-up. Jo Adell has already moved up to Double-A and could be ready for the majors leagues by late 2019 or for sure 2020. In addition the Angels also have Brandon Marsh who like Adell was drafted in the first round of the June Amateur Draft.
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In addition guys like Bo Way or Jared Walsh and even Eric Young Jr. With this being the cast of players of the future the question becomes how soon will these guys be ready to play in the majors and who will the Angels decide the keep. With a plethora of outfielders the Angels maybe should think of dealing one of them to get a quality starting pitcher.
Many think that Brandon Marsh may be the most expendable and he could draw a lot of interest. Marsh is a five-tool player with a tremendous upside and is still only 20 years old. While you hate to part with a talented prospect, you to give up something good in order to get something good in return. The Angels could also decide to trade Jordyn Adams, Whois also an outfielder who the Angels drafted in the 1st round this June.
If the Angels just kept Trout and Upton they would only have one other outfield spot so it make sense to get rid of a guy you may not be able to use every day for a few years. Who knows what Angels general manager Billy Eppler is thinking or will decide to do to help improve the Angel starting rotation other than health.
It’s you’re move Mr. Eppler choose wisely.