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Are there any more moves on the horizon for the LA Angels?

By David Rice
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Yusei Kikuchi pitcher for the Aces in action during the Australian Baseball League match between the Melbourne Aces and the Brisbane Bandits at Melbourne Showgrounds on November 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 17: Yusei Kikuchi pitcher for the Aces in action during the Australian Baseball League match between the Melbourne Aces and the Brisbane Bandits at Melbourne Showgrounds on November 17, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 26: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 26: Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers singles during the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game Three of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Yasmani Grandal –

As much as Grandal looked terrible in the playoffs, especially the World Series both at the plate and defensively he is not nearly as bad as he looked in October. Grandal still a quality catcher and much better than anyone the Angels have had in a while.

J4klg Ken.                                                                                                                      EGrandal is a switch-hitter with good power as he has averaged 22 homers over the past four seasons and 61 RBIs as well.  What is even more intriguing is that Grandal has a .341 OBP despite having a career batting average of .240.  He would fit nicely in the line-up with Trout, Upton, Ohtani, Pujols, and Simmons and provide some left-handed power as well.

Now many Angel fans would say no way that the Angels should get Grandal since he is an ex-Dodger.  The fact of the matter is Grandal would be a major upgrade at catcher for a team that struggled to find offense last season. The Angels have been linked to him for awhile now and if they could get him for between 13 and 15 million dollars a season it would be a great upgrade for a team whose starting catcher at the moment is either Jose Briceno or Kevan Smith both of whom have not been an every day catcher in the majors in their career.

It looks like a match made in … well, wait for it…. heaven.  Sorry for the bad pun, but its late on Christmas Eve and Santa Claus is coming soon. The Angels will undoubtedly sign or trade for a catcher, it might as well be one of the best available as Grandal is and he is only 29 years old and just about to hit his prime.

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