The LA Angels have been teetering on being part of the wild-card race. Enough so that general manager Billy Eppler is at least exploring the Angels trade options that could improve this year’s team.
So with that being said what could we potentially see the LA Angels doing to improve their team before Wednesday’s trade deadline. This is a good question to ask. Most everybody who follows the Angels knows what their most glaring weakness is: PITCHING. More specifically starting pitching. What can the Angels do to improve this area?
What will the Angels have to give up to get anyone that could make a difference in 2019 may be too hefty a price to pay. The Angels have been very patient since Billy Eppler came on board in trading prospects for major league talent. One of the few deadline deals the Angels made in the last couple of seasons was a deal in 2017 to get Justin Upton from the Tigers where they gave up a promising young pitcher Grayson Long. However, the Angels faired well in this deal as Long is no longer in baseball due to injuries.
The only other deal of consequence that was made was last season when the Angels traded Ian Kinsler to Boston and received relievers Ty Buttrey and Williams Jerez in return. Buttrey has become a permanent fixture in the back-end of the Angels bullpen and Kinsler helped the Red Sox win the World Series in 2018, but is now on the Padres struggling to keep his career alive. So we will have to see what this year may bring if anything. Let’s explore the potential trade targets for the Angels.