The Big Name
Last year, prior to the Halos signing Zack Cozart to be their third baseman, there was mutual interest between the club and Mike Moustakas. Moustakas played third base in Kansas City his entire career until being traded to Milwaukee at the deadline in 2018.
Could the two parties come to an agreement (and position change) a year later?
Many would point to Moustakas as a platoon option with the right-handed Pujols. However, Moustakas has been better against left-handed pitchers than right-handed ones. Pujols has also been better against righties than lefties, which could lead to an unconventional platoon. However, Moustakas proved his worth in the postseason this year, as he was a key part of the Brewers’ run up until their Game 7 loss in the NLCS.
Like I stated, the Halos likely would not pursue a play of Moustakas’ caliber to play first unless Pujols retires. If he were to, they would likely need a one-year deal for a player like Moustakas until top prospect Matt Thaiss (read about him here) is ready to make his MLB debut. At 30-years old, Moustakas has the flexibility to be a short-term option but he could find himself a long-term deal as well this offseason.
However, as I’ve said, the Angels are much more likely to sign a depth piece/platoon first base option, so….