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LA Angels: Three Trades to Make Before Opening Day

By Vincent Page
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 14: Ian Happ #8 of the Chicago Cubs hits a three-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning on September 14, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 14: Ian Happ #8 of the Chicago Cubs hits a three-run home run against the Cincinnati Reds during the seventh inning on September 14, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 02: Tony Watson #56 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the top of the eighth inning at AT&T Park on June 2, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – JUNE 02: Tony Watson #56 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in the top of the eighth inning at AT&T Park on June 2, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The LA Angels are done on the free agent market (probably), and with Opening Day drawing closer and closer, here are three potential trades for the Halos to make as they perfect their roster for 2019.

There has been a lot of moves by general manager Billy Eppler with the bullpen this offseason. The unit is looking very promising, but could still be missing a couple of pieces to become elite.

Earlier this offseason there were rumors that the club had been in “constant contact” with the San Francisco Giants about left-handed relievers Tony Watson and Will Smith. As the Giants inevitably head towards a rebuild the 33-year-old and 29-year-old duo, respectively, are easy choices for a potential deal to a contending club.

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What the team would be willing to send in return is another question, but it is worth noting the Giants have an underwhelming amount of infield prospects within their Top 30, something the Angels have a plethora of. While the price wouldn’t be necessarily high (Watson is a free agent following this season while Smith will hit the open market the following year) would Billy Eppler be willing to part with any of his mid-tier infield prospects for what would be essentially rentals?

Outside of Williams Jerez, who is extremely unproven, the Angels do not currently have any left-handed relievers apart of their bullpen. It could end up being the missing piece, and this is a trade Eppler would have to be tempted to pull the trigger on.

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