- J.T Realmuto (acquired via trade from Miami Marlins)
- Jose Briceno
We’re starting this one off red-hot, as the Angels send a package of RHP Jaime Barria, outfielder Brandon Marsh, and 2B/OF Jahmai Jones to acquire Realmuto, who is arguably the best catcher in baseball. For the Miami Marlins last year, the 27-year old slashed .277/.340/.484.
Acquiring him from the Marlins, who are obviously in rebuild mode, would be a move that helps the Angels in a multitude of ways by providing exceptional offense and solid defense from the catcher spot, while providing a spark for the bottom half of the lineup as well.
Briceno showed flashes last year, and as of now is slated to be the starter in 2019. Obviously, if Realmuto is shipped to Anaheim, he takes the role of backup on.
Yeah, um, this one is pretty obvious. Just because we’re wheelin’ and dealin’ here does not mean Ohtani gets replaced. The reigning Rookie of the Year will be the full-time designated hitter in 2019, and Shohei Ohtani will once again aspire be one of the best offensive threats in the entire league.