As the LA Angels deal with controversy within their organization, Billy Eppler still must keep his eyes towards the offseason.
For the LA Angels, this offseason was one of the most momentous in not only Eppler’s career, but one of the biggest winters for the Angels organization this millennium. While free agency will be a big part of that, trades will too. And to trade for players, you must trade away players. These three Angels seem most likely (and make a lot of sense) to be dealt this winter.
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While the Angels could very easily just turn down Calhoun’s $14 million option for next season, it might make just as much sense to have Calhoun opt-in and trade him somewhere where he’d get regular playing time. The Angels have a plethora of outfielders in Mike Trout, Justin Upton, Brian Goodwin, and top prospect Jo Adell.
So, while Calhoun may not be worth $14 million even with his comeback 2019 season, a team such as Cleveland could be interested. They have a team talented enough to contend for the playoffs, but a lack of outfield depth hurt them increasingly down the line in 2019. Calhoun won’t net the Angels a top prospect, but could bring them a mid-tier amateur or some bullpen help.
So while Angels fans may prefer to trade Justin Upton (which makes some sense), Calhoun is the likelier candidate to be traded considering he is coming off a strong 2019, while Upton’s injury-riddled season likely scared off potential trade partners.