The LA Angels have quite the offseason ahead of them. With most attention focused on free agency, however, what blockbuster trades could Billy Eppler pull off?
It has been nearly a decade since the LA Angels and their fans had a prospect to be genuinely excited about. Well, technically Shohei Ohtani was a prospect, but we all know that was a special case.
Jo Adell, the Angels #1 prospect and consensus top five amateur in all of baseball, is the best prospect this team has seen since Mike Trout. 2020 is the season he’s supposed to reach the big leagues, giving the Angels their outfield duo of, hopefully, the next 8-12 years.
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However, Jo Adell is also arguably the biggest trade chip in all of baseball. The other prospects ranked in the same elite tier as him aren’t known to be on the market, which means if the Angels want to trade for a player, they have the ultimate chip.
Not all three of these trades contain Jo Adell, but it’s worth mentioning that if the Angels see 2020-2022 as their prime winning window, then trading Adell would make sense in that realm of thinking. While Adell will hopefully be a solid contributor as soon as he debuts, he won’t reach the peak of his career for 3-5 years at the very least.
Billy Eppler also stated following the trade deadline that the Angels had conversations involving every prospect…except Adell.
It also helps knowing that there could (and should) be legitimate superstars available via trade over the next six months.